Happy Friday Everybody! (March 22, 2013)

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Happy Friday Everybody! (March 22, 2013)

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Job Openings

  • Part Time Job at Caritas — Caritas of Waco Development Department Assistant: Maintains donor records and assists Executive Director in acknowledging donations. Duties include but not limited to: prepare letters acknowledging donations; assist with donor recognition activities; handle mailings to donors; update donor database; make phone contacts related to fundraising activities. Strong experience with Excel and Word is required and work with other fundraising computer systems is preferred. High school diploma or equivalent. Ability to work cooperatively with donors. 20 hours/week. Send resumes to Caritas, caritas@grandecom.net, or bring to 300 South 15th, Waco, Texas 76701. (Posted March 15, 2013)

  • Office aide/ instructional aide needed at Waco Charter School – Primary responsibilities answering the phone, copying, faxing, organizing and filing. Typing memos and fliers and other special projects. Assist in the classroom when an instructional aide is absent. Should have the physical strength to work with students energetically. Work hours would be from 9:00- 5:30 (part time position that can lead to a full time position) Click here for job description: Waco Charter School Job. For more information or to apply, email Principal Sabrina Gray at sabrina.gray@wacocharterschool.org. (Posted March 21, 2013)

Do you know someone who can use this news?

  • Goodwill expanding GED/ESL programs – In addition to our evening classes, we are now going to be offering morning GED/ESL classes: Tuesdays GED from 9:00-12:00, Thursdays ESL from 9:00-12:00, This schedule begins on Tuesday March 26th. Our GED/ESL evening classes will still be held Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. For more information contact Meghan Holder by phone at (254) 753-7337 ext. 140 or by email at mholder@hotgoodwill.org. (Posted March 21, 2013)

  • The Wheels of Sharing Mobile Food Pantry Schedule – Every 1st Tuesday of the month at 123 E. Texas Ave in Mart, TX. Every 2nd Saturday of the month at Paul Quinn Campus, Waco, TX. Every 3rd Friday of the month at 320 Falls St, Marlin, TX. Every 3rd Tuesday of the month at Texas State Technical College. Mazanec Rd, Waco TX. (Posted March 21, 2013)

  • GED testing on computer at TSTC – The TSTC Center for Assessment is now offering the GED® test on computer, a brand new way to take today’s test and earn your GED® credential. With the GED® test on computer, success is just clicks away™. Register today at www.GEDcomputer.com. Available to NEW test-takers ONLY. Paper based test scores and computer based test scores cannot be combined. Remember: The GED® test must be taken in person, at an official GED® testing center. (Posted March 14, 2013)

  • Kids Computer Class at East Waco Library – for 3rd through 7th grade students, is offered each month at East Waco Library, 901 Elm Ave., from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The next lessons are: April 18 – Internet Web Sites; May 16 – Using the Online Library Catalog. Please sign up by calling Stacy Phillips at 750-5956 to make a reservation. (Posted March 14, 2013)

  • Homework tutors at East and West Waco Libraries – Homework tutors for elementary through middle scholars. East Waco Library, 901 Elm Ave., Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. West Waco Library, 5301 Bosque Blvd, Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. For more information about this and other Kid & Youth services at Waco – McLennan County Libraries, visit the webpage: Kids & Youth services at the Library. (Posted March 14, 2013)

  • EOAC services by appointment only – Effective immediately EOAC Community Programming will no longer accept walk-in clients. The only exception is if the client’s utility has been disconnected. Clients can call their utility company to request an extension or set up a payment plan. Applications are available at the front desk located at 512 Franklin Ave or online at http://eoacwaco.org/page33.html. Once an application has been completed call 254-756-0954 to schedule an appointment. (Posted March 7, 2013)

  • TSTC Continuing Education – Texas State Technical College has launched a new Continuing Education program including dozens of courses. Courses include woodworking, culinary arts, green construction techniques, automobile maintenance, formal and informal business courses and more. For a complete listing of courses, prices, dates and times, visit www.waco.tstc.edu/continuinged. For more information, call 867-3020. (Posted March 7, 2013)

  • Caritas senior discount – Caritas Thrift Stores offer a 20 percent discount every Tuesday to shoppers ages 60 and older. The stores, located at 3116 Franklin Ave. and 3016 Bellmead Drive, feature estate sale merchandise, clothing, jewelry, furniture, electronics and household items. For more information, call 753-0125 or 799-0777. (Posted March 7, 2013)

  • Free “Love and Logic” Parenting Class presented by STARRY Counseling – The goal of the class is to teach you how to have a good relationship with your children while at the same time teaching them to be responsible and respectful. Come prepared to learn lots of helpful techniques to make parenting more fun and less stressful! Classes will be held Mondays (6:00pm-7:30pm) from April 8 until April 29. For more information call (254) 399-6552. Space is limited so reserve your spot today. (Posted February 28, 2013)

  • Financial Literacy Classes – Waco CDC offers financial literacy classes throughout the year, free of charge, open to the public. Click here for their 2013 schedule: Waco CDC Financial Literacy Classes. (Posted February 28, 2013)

  • Stress-busting program for family care-givers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias – Do you provide care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias? You Are Not Alone. Caregiving can be stressful. This program will provide stress management techniques, and relaxation and coping strategies. The program meets 90 minutes/week for 9 weeks in groups of up to 8 people. February 21, 2013 – April 18, 2013, 3:00pm – 4:30pm. Limestone Medical Center (board room), 701 McClintic Drive, Groesbeck. Provided by Area Agency on Aging in the Heart of Texas. Please call 254-645-0328 to register!! (Posted February 21, 2013)

  • March 22 – Free Legal Aid for Veterans – Baylor Law School Veterans Clinic will offer free legal aid to military members from 1 to 4 p.m. March 22 at Veterans One Stop, 2220 Austin Ave. All veterans are welcome. Appointments are not necessary. The clinic is for civil legal matters only. For more information, call 710-4244 or email veterans_clinic@baylor.edu.

  • March 23 – EOAC Head Start/Early Head Start Family Resource Day – Come join us to piece it all together! Time: 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM, Location: T.E. Dorsey Head Start, 3221 Speight Street, Waco. Our goal is to help connect service providers to those in need and to provide you as consumers the means to effectively communicate your needs to the service providers. All are welcome! For more information contact EOAC Head Start/ Early Head Start at (254) 753-0331.

  • March 23 – Affordable Housing Fair – 11:00am – 2:00pm at Carver Park Baptist Church, 1020 Herring Avenue. Learn how to buy your own home, what to do to fix the title to your family home, receive information on Down Payment Assistance programs, sign up for free financial literacy and homebuyer education classes and more! There will also be free food served at the event. It is sponsored by Waco Habitat for Humanity, Waco Community Development, City of Waco – Housing and Community Development, H.O.T. Legal Aid, Home Abstract and Title Company, and NeighborWorks Waco . For more information contact Britt Duke by email at britt@wacohabitat.org.

Can you meet this need?

  • “Early Riser” Volunteer needed for Family Abuse Center – We are currently seeking an “early riser” to Volunteer to pick up a donation for us each Sunday morning at 6 am. at the HEB on Wooded Acres and deliver to the shelter. If you would be interested, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Amy Reagan at (254)772-8999 or amy.reagan@familyabusecenter.org. (Posted March 21, 2013)

  • Volunteers needed to drive – Friends for Life seeks volunteers to drive clients to appointments. For more information, call 254-772-8100, ext. 110, or email della@friendsforlife.org. (posted March 15, 2013)

  • Family Abuse Center needs Towels - We are completely out of towels. Every family that arrives needs sheets, blankets and towels. So if you’ve been thinking of getting some new ones, or you are just now shopping, pick up some extra towels for us. We love getting new towels or gently used towels! (Wash cloths too.) Drop off your donations at the Second Chance Thrift Shop, 1412 Sunset in Waco (It’s in the shopping center behind Coco’s Snow Cones on Bosque). (posted March 7, 2013)

  • Volunteer Opportunity: GED tutors needed – Christian Women’s Job Corps, 4112 Memorial Drive, is seeking GED tutors to instruct in reading, grammar and math on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. To volunteer, call Becky at 757-0416 or email becky@cwjcwaco.org. (Posted February 28, 2013)

  • Whether In Line or Online—Help McLennan County Residents Access Food and Medical Benefits – There’s a new way for community-based organizations to help McLennan County residents get food, medical and other benefits. Texas’ Health and Human Service Commission (HHSC) has launched its statewide Community Partner Program. The Community Partner Program allows faith and community-based organizations to provide information and application assistance for state social services such as SNAP, Medicaid, CHIP, and TANF. Community Partners will receive training, certification for staff, and reports that show how many people you are helping. To learn more about the program and how your faith community can get involved please contact Shamethia Webb at Shamethia_webb@baylor.edu or 254-710-7472. (Posted February 28, 2013)

  • Meals on Wheels needs volunteers – Give one hour of your week between 10:30 and 11:30 to deliver lunch to an older adult. Contact, Barbara Danna, 254-752-0316 to volunteer. (Posted February 21, 2013)

Great giving opportunity!

  • Ride for Relief Matching Grant – World Hunger Relief, Inc. has a $5000 match for the Ride for Relief. We need your help meet our goal. Please click here to sponsor a Ride for Relief team. We still have a long way to get to 5K, now is a great time to give! You may give by clicking on a team or mailing in a check marked Ride for Relief with the name of the team you want to sponsor. Contact Matt Hess if you have questions: ride4relief@worldhungerrelief.org 254-799-5611. (Posted March 21, 2013)

  • Library Book Sale Donations – The friends of the Waco-McLennan County Library are accepting donations of hardback and paperback books, cd’s, dvd’s, textbooks, magazines for the Nov. 6-10, 2013 Booksale. Donations may be dropped off at any of the library locations. For large pick ups of over 4 boxes, please call 750-5943. for more information, visit: www.wacofriendsofthelibrary.org. (Posted March 14, 2013)

  • Support the “Bike out Hunger” campaign – From April 22-27 Tim Randolph of the Waco Regional Baptist Association will be on a week-long bike ride from Houston to Arlington to raise awareness and funds for hunger ministries all across the state of Texas and raise money through the BGCT Hunger Offering. His goal is to enlist 1000 people who will donate $5 each towards a total of $5000. (That amounts to approximately one cent per mile of the ride.) Every year, the Waco Regional Baptist Association benefits from grants from this offering. Last year, we received $6000 to help start a food pantry in Hubbard and also to launch a food planning association in Marlin. Next year, we have requested $15,000 to extend hunger ministries through our WRBA churches to surround rural communities. For more information visit http://outhunger.org/events/2013-ride/. To sponsor Tim, click on “Sponsor an Entrant.” (Posted February 28, 2013)

Free admission!

  • Almost time for Brazos Nights! – Brazos Nights is an award-winning free concert series that specializes in great music and family fun along the Brazos River. The concerts are held at Indian Spring Park in downtown Waco. The 2013 concerts will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 11 p.m. on April 12, May 3, June 7 and July 4. Here’s the website for more info: http://www.waco-texas.com/cms-brazos-nights/ . (Posted February 28, 2013)

  • April 13 – Texas Vintage Base Ball Game – Time: 11:00am – 1:30pm, Location: SW Regional Little League – Norcross Stadium: 3700 South University Parks Drive, Waco. Come see the Texas Vintage Base Ball League play ball! Dressed in 1890s uniforms and playing by 1890s rules, this game will be a crowd pleaser. FREE to the public. Concessions will be available for purchase at affordable prices, or you can bring in your own coolers. Just like the Ballpark in Arlington, glass bottles are not allowed. Bleachers are available, but you might want to bring something to make them more comfortable. For further information and questions, please call the HWF office at 753-5166.

General Announcements

  • Coming together to Address Family Homelessness – The Family Housing Collaborative will be launching in August at the beginning of the Waco ISD school year. This program will work specifically with families that have a student enrolled in Waco ISD, where there are approximately 1,400 homeless students per year. The Family Housing Collaborative connects the school district, case management providers, housing organizations, and local churches to provide holistic support for participating families. To read more about this upcoming program, click here to check out the City of Waco Housing & Community Development Newsletter. (Posted March 21, 2013)

  • Facebook Guide for Non-Profits – According to Central Texas New Media, the new Facebook nonprofit guide is out! The guide is a collection of best practices to help nonprofits / causes use Facebook and Instagram to tell their stories and connect with supporters. You can find the new best practice guide in our Nonprofit Resource Center, on Non-Profits on Facebook. Grab the new guide today and tell us what you think: Facebook Guide for Non-Profits. (Posted March 21, 2013)

  • Downtown is booming! – Have you visited downtown lately? Prepare to be impressed. Check out this map of all the development that has gone on in downtown since 2007: Downtown Development. Want to keep up with what’s happening downtown? Here are two great websites: www.1000friendsofwaco.com and www.chisholmcrossing.com. (Posted March 21, 2013)

  • Huge Group of Volunteers in need of Work - We have a group of 8,000+ youth coming to Waco Easter Weekend for a conference called Congresso! They are wanting to do any service projects that may be needed the afternoon of Friday March 29. We know this is Good Friday, but if you could use some help with spring cleaning, flyer distribution, gardening, etc. please let us know. This is a great opportunity to introduce these youth to Waco, your church/organization and potentially to service itself, while making some progress on a project. If you are interested in discussing this please contact Carole Meriwether (Carole_Meriwether@baylor.edu ) at Baylor Spiritual Life. (Posted March 21, 2013)

  • Interesting website for finding resources – www.unemploymentlifeline.com (Posted March 21, 2013)

  • Road to Damascus Back to School Event – You can be a part! — Road to Damascus is currently coordinating our 2nd Back to School Event to be held on August 17, 2013 at Carver Park Church, 1020 Herring Ave, Waco, Texas. This event will be huge. Our goal is to provide information to the youth and their parents in the East Waco, Bellmead, and Lacy Lakeview areas. We plan to have live music, provide school uniforms, free food, school supplies, backpacks, fun activities for both youth and their parents and so much more. We are currently looking for sponsors to help assist with this event. If your organization would like to have a table at this event, please let us know by April 8 to reserve your spot. Don’t wait! Spots are filling up fast! For more information or to reserve a spot contact Mia Thomas at either 505-402-0199 or 254-548-9982 or by email at mialynette31@yahoo.com. (Posted March 15, 2013)

  • Habitat Restore Recycles batteries and more – Did you know the Waco ReStore does more to help our community and our environment than accepting and selling donations? If you have old batteries including handheld tool batteries, cell phones, hearing aids, glasses, or printer cartridges, bring them here! The batteries and cartridges are responsibly recycled rather than leaking in a landfill, the glasses go to Lions Club International’s eye care program, the hearing aids go to the Heart of Texas Sertoma Club who use them to help local hearing impaired children, and the cell phones provide cell phones and minutes for service members stationed abroad. For more information call (254) 756-0131 or email Restore@Wacohabitat.org. (Posted March 14, 2013)

  • No Guarantee: Spouses of US citizens and the Naturalization Process – Interesting story about a married couple in Waco. The husband is a US Citizen and his wife is a Legal Permanent Resident (she was undocumented when they married.) The story looks at the common misconception that marrying a US Citizen guarantees citizenship. In fact, Eloisa was denied US Citizenship in early February because she had previously misrepresented her immigration status. Here’s the link from KWBU: http://edge.baylor.edu/media/196206/196206-audio.mp3 . (Posted March 14, 2013)

  • Art Exhibit: Understanding Disabilities through Children’s Art – February 23 at 10:00am until June 2 at 5:00pm. Mayborn Museum, 1300 s. University Parks Drive. This art exhibit consisting of thirteen pieces was produced by faculty and students of the Baylor School of Social Work with assistance from VSA Texas, The international Organization on Arts and Disability. The exhibit includes colorful and creative artwork from children around the state of Texas who live with mental, learning or physical challenges, such as ADHD, deafness, dyslexia and autism. Interactive elements in the exhibit include thought-provoking words by the artists as well as a discussion booklet for parents to use to discuss physical and mental health disabilities with their own children. Baylor School of Social Work hopes it creates an opportunity to decrease the stigma children that are differently abled experience. (Posted March 14, 2013)

  • Check it out – Act Locally Waco is now listed on Chisholm Crossing Volunteer page http://www.chisholmcrossing.com/volunteer/ (Posted March 7, 2013)

  • Check it out – Look what’s up this month at Mission Waco – For Mission Waco March E-news, click here. (Posted March 7, 2013)

  • Annual “No Need Among You” Conference Registration Now Open – Save the dates October 10-12! This year’s conference features Shane Claiborne, Dr. Rita Pierson, Scott Truex and some twenty-five workshop leaders who help Texas churches and organizations learn how to effectively create empowerment-based programs and skills that assist the poor and marginalized. Sponsored by eleven state-wide ministries, including World Vision, Buckner, Texas Baptists, Mission Waco/Mission World, Baylor School of Social Work, Crestview Church of Christ, Waco Baptist Regional Association, City Square, Austin Christian Fellowship, Perpetual Help Home, and Baptist University of the Americas, the Texas area affordable conference continues to grow. Registration and details are available online at www.nnay.org. (Posted March 7, 2013)

  • Texas Hunger Initiative Mentioned in New Book – The new documentary A Place at the Table has recently come out about hunger in America. It has been accompanied with a book version of the documentary by the same name. THI is in the book version. Here is the link: A Place at the Table. (Posted March 7, 2013)

  • Talitha Koum is on Pinterest – Are you u looking for fun ways to engage your little ones at home or in the classroom? Follow us on Pinterest! We’ve found a lot of neat ideas our students love! (Posted February 28, 2013)

  • Spare Change Doesn’t Equal Real Change – The City of Waco Housing & Community Development department has been creating a campaign to eliminate panhandling in Waco. The first step in launching the panhandling campaign was the creation of a poster titled “Spare Change Doesn’t = Real Change: Know the Facts”. The purpose of this poster is to educate the public on the difference between homelessness and panhandling and on effective ways to promote real change. Local businesses and organizations are encouraged to pick up posters from the department to display in their establishments. Posters, as well as small resource cards to give to individuals panhandling, are available for a very small printing fee. For more information, call Teri Holtkamp at (254) 750-5965. (Posted February 28, 2013)

  • Waco Technology Collaboration for Non-Profits – Need a refresher on mail merge? Want some tips on organizational file sharing? New to Excel but only need the basics? Check out the new Nonprofit Technology Manual. The manual, made available as a result of the Baylor MIS – Waco Foundation Technology Collaboration, is designed to serve as a resource for nonprofit staff and volunteers needing a quick reference point for all their “how to” questions. To learn more about the Collaboration and the other new and exciting tools being made available to support nonprofits as a result, click here: Technology Collaboration for Non-Profits. (Posted February 28, 2013)

  • Junior League Now Accepting Applications for the 2013-2014 Provisional Project – Does your organization have an upcoming project where you could use a group of organized and dedicated volunteers? Every year, Junior League Provisional members work on a group project benefiting a local non-profit organization. Provisional members help to plan and implement projects involving 200-400 volunteer hours. For more information, please visit the Junior League of Waco website (www.jlwaco.org ) or email researchanddevelopment@juniorleaguewaco.org. Applications are due May 31, 2013. (Posted February 28, 2013)

  • Reintegration Round table news – The Reintegration Roundtable has established five priorities: (1) Reduce recidivism (re-incarceration), (2) Provide pre-release counseling, (3) Increase public knowledge, (4) Increase employment of ex-offenders, (5) Link ex-offenders to resources/services. To follow the progress, “like” them on Facebook. For more information contact them by email at McLennanCountyReintegration@gmail.com. (Posted February 28, 2013)

  • Check out What’s happening at Keep Waco Beautiful – Click here for upcoming events: Keep Waco Beautiful events. For more information visit the website: www.keepwacobeautiful.com. (Posted February 28, 2013)

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