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Nov
16
2021
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month
This November join us in celebrating Native American Heritage Month and the vast contributions made by this community of people towards the advancement of our country. President George H. W. Bush first declared the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month, now referred to as Native American Heritage Month, in 1990. This bill honoring America’s indigenous people is a landmark in history, serving as a significant step in acknowledging the complex history and society that has shaped North America.
Sep
30
2021
Baylor University is thrilled to invite the community to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Formally recognized as the period between September 15 to October 15, this month honors the contributions and cultures of Hispanic and Latino Americans.
Sep
28
2021
Shape the Future of Waco with Participatory Budgeting
Use your voice to determine how the City of Waco uses funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. In response to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this act is providing direct relief to citizens and local governments. The City of Waco is receiving $34.7 million from the American Rescue Plan Act and is planning to spend $17 million to assist local businesses and households.
Jun
14
2021
Magnolia and Waco Farmers Market Partner Together
The Magnolia Market, a Waco landmark and excellent source for life and home décor, is teaming up with the Waco Downtown Farmers Market this summer. The Famers Market will set up shop at the silos under the historic barn on select Wednesdays, providing the community with a safe and fun outdoor shopping experience. The Farmers Market vendors vary, however products on offer have included beautiful flowers from Bloom Waco, tasty dairy products from Brazos Valley Cheese, fresh produce from Richardson farms, and a variety of other vendors. As shoppers stock up on fresh produce, they can enjoy the summer weather and a nice relaxation area adjacent to the market.
Jun
10
2021
Juneteenth
Every year on June 19, the nation comes together to commemorate the Juneteenth holiday. Juneteenth celebrates African-American freedom and achievement while promoting ongoing self-improvement, community building, and respect for all people. Today, you can find people celebrating Juneteenth throughout the country and internationally. However, the origins of the holiday will forever be Texan.
May
5
2021
Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month - Perspectives from AAPI Waco Small Businesses
The month of May marks Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Guest author Jaja Chen of Waco Cha shares Perspectives from AAPI Waco Small Businesses.
Apr
27
2021
Baylor Businesses: Creating a Lasting Impact
We know them and love them – Baylor alumni-owned businesses in our communities across the nation. Perhaps the corner boutique, grocery, or business development group, regardless of the industry, daily, Baylor alumni working in all fields fling their green and gold daily by applying the lessons and leadership skills learned at Baylor to their work.
Mar
30
2021
Jo Spark: Master Teacher
Greeting everyone with a smile, Jo Spark is known for bringing positivity to the classroom, along with an infectious love for children’s literature. I experienced all of this within moments of meeting her on a typical day at Alta Vista Elementary School in Waco, Texas where she serves as a Master Teacher.
Mar
9
2021
Testing: For the Good of the Community
It may appear passe to say something is ‘better, cheaper, and faster’ as a means of communicating a value proposition, but Baylor’s partnership with My Labs Direct is just that. By building a full-scale testing facility within the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC), COVID-19 testing on the campus of Baylor University is occurring a rapid speed and scale. When the decision was made to invest in the long-term assets of a testing facility a much larger opportunity was taking shape. That opportunity was to increase the capacity of and direct access to high quality, affordable, and quick test results for the broader community.
Feb
23
2021
Winter Storm Community Relief Fund
With the temperatures in Central Texas 60 and climbing, it’s hard to believe that just one week ago, Waco was in the midst of a historic winter storm, impacting residents city-wide. The ice may be gone, but in the wake of the storm traces linger, as local residents work to repair homes and gain access to basic needs. To meet these needs, the Waco Foundation alongside the City of Waco have launched the Winter Storm Community Relief Fund.
Feb
12
2021
Communicating as One Community
Effective leaders possess many qualities, some of which include vision, empowerment, and empathy. When a pandemic hit our community last spring, community leaders rose to the occasion to leverage a skill of leadership: communication.
Feb
9
2021
Startup Waco Launches Kiva Loan Partnership
Lack of capital is a major barrier for small businesses to succeed and thrive. Startup Waco has partnered with Kiva, the largest crowd-lending platform in the world, to provide an innovative solution to increase access to capital for small businesses here in Waco—making it one of 30 hub cities in the nation and the first in the State of Texas to offer this program.
Feb
3
2021
Celebrating Black History Month
February marks Black History Month, an annual celebration of the achievements of African-Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.
Jan
28
2021
The Art Center of Waco
Since 1972, The Art Center of Waco has existed to serve as a creative force in the community for teaching, displaying, promoting, and preserving vital and diverse visual arts that enrich and inspire us all. Through a non-profit lens, they aim to enrich lives by deepening understanding, exploration, and appreciation through engagement with programs, exhibitions, collections and collaborations. As an art leader, The Art Center purposefully and intentionally works to build a community rich with art, culture, diversity, and education.
Jan
25
2021
The Waco-McLennan County Libraries
For years, the Waco-McLennan County Libraries have served the community with four branches throughout the greater Waco area. The libraries strive to be a vital organization that is an integral and valued part of the community of McLennan County.
Jan
15
2021
Expressing Gratitude Through Philanthropy
Over the past few years, Baylor’s Philanthropy and Public Good course has engaged some of our brightest and most promising students into the process of doing “the most good”. You might ask yourself, how does one define “the most good” and where would one start in the process of actually doing this work. In our class this fall, we challenged our sixteen students with these same questions while giving them literature, stories, and even a podcast to contextualize the question…oh and we gave them $90,000 to steward and nearly fifty grant applications from local nonprofits to consider!
Dec
10
2020
Behind the Art: Waco Escape Rooms and Waco Cha
Weekly, we are taking you behind the art – meet the businesses and artists who played an integral role in our 2020 “Art of Homecoming” activation. This week, we are featuring Waco Escape Rooms and Waco Cha!
Dec
3
2020
Souls to the Polls
2020 saw record voter turnout across our country for an unprecedented election that saw national, state, and local races all on the same ballot. According to the Waco Tribune-Herald, “[the] number of voters who cast ballots in the three-week Texas early voting period this year surpassed the total number of Texans who voted in all of 2016." Within McLennan County, 80,705 people voted early in the 2020 elections, including 10,337 who voted by mail. It is a number significantly higher than the 34,960 voters who cast early ballots in the 2016 presidential election and the 80,544 total votes cast in 2016 by McLennan County residents. Many factors contributed to this record turnout; however, we would be remiss if we failed to highlight the work of our local chapter of the NAACP led by Dr. Peaches Henry and their efforts to bring Souls to the Polls to vote in the 2020 election.
Dec
2
2020
Behind the Art: Cultural Arts of Waco & Lula Jane's
Weekly, we are taking you behind the art – meet the businesses and artists who played an integral role in our 2020 “Art of Homecoming” activation. This week, we are featuring Cultural Arts of Waco and Lula Jane’s!
Nov
30
2020
Mayborn Museum: Reach Out Programs
Located on the Baylor University Campus, the Mayborn Museum Complex, a natural science and cultural history museum, welcomes visitors from across Central Texas. The campus community, alongside local school groups, families and more, can be seen exploring and enjoying the many exhibits on display, from permanent installations featuring themed discovery rooms to travelling exhibits. Guided by their mission and vision, the Mayborn aims to serve the community with distinction by providing greater opportunities for all to learn and grow, and has launched programs to support those goals—like the Mayborn Reach Out programs.
Nov
13
2020
Behind the Art: Startup Waco & Keep Waco Beautiful
Weekly, we are taking you behind the art – meet the businesses and artists who played an integral role in our 2020 “Art of Homecoming” activation. This week, we are featuring Startup Waco and Keep Waco Beautiful!
Nov
13
2020
Thank You, Mayor Deaver
The passing of a torch is a seminal moment in many people’s lives that we often take for granted. This month, November, many changes are occurring in our lives, in our communities and in our country. When we look back upon a season, I hope that we may reflect upon those things, those moments that were good, that challenged us, and that ultimately created positive change because isn’t positive change the purpose of leadership? Leaders play many important functions in our society, but in our community, leaders are positioned to facilitate impactful change for the common good. Mayor Kyle Deaver, today I would like to say THANK YOU for your leadership and THANK YOU for the positive, impactful change you have made in Waco!
Nov
12
2020
Behind the Art: Waco Hippodrome Theatre & Twisted Sisters Shoetique
Join us weekly as we meet the artists and businesses behind the Art of Homecoming mural installation.
Nov
12
2020
Launching Waco, one resource at a time!
Entrepreneurs, like all living and breathing things, need certain resources to survive and thrive. The breadth of the resources necessary for an entrepreneur to survive, however, cannot be handled by just one person or organization. It is often said in the entrepreneurial world that a founder of a new business needs to know how to do about fifty things well in order to successfully launch a startup, however, the average entrepreneur possess the knowledge and skill to execute three to five of those necessary items. Therefore, an entrepreneur needs an ecosystem around him or her to supplement, complement, and fill the gaps. Enter LaunchWaco.com!
Oct
29
2020
Pi Kappa Phi Distributes Hand Sanitizer Across City
Many organizations have worked to support those in need during COVID-19. When a generous donation was provided from Baylor Scott & White to the men of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity at Baylor University, they worked diligently to create a distribution plan to provide a much needed home for 21,600 bottles of individual hand sanitizer across our city. The primary focus of their distribution efforts was connecting to the city’s local non-profits and communities of faith so that each organization could then distribute them to the people and families that they serve.
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