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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.
Oct
28
2020
Cultural Wealth Wednesday: Reflecting on Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 through October 15 marked the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month 2020. While Covid-19 altered the opportunity to have as many in-person events as in past years, it did not stop the celebration of the Hispanic Community!
Oct
15
2020
Introducing a New Event Series: Envisioning Equity
"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced," wrote the late American author James Baldwin. With this premise, our office is excited to embark on a new initiative to raise awareness of injustices within our community.
Oct
8
2020
Revolve: Welcoming Food Trucks to Campus
Last year, in a partnership the first of its kind, Common Grounds—along with other local favorites within the extended Common Grounds brand family—set up shop in the Bill Daniel Student Union Building campus to accommodate increasing appetites for their offerings, particularly from the on-campus community. This trailblazing partnership with Aramark paved the way to the University’s latest collaboration with Baylor Dining, Revolve.
Oct
1
2020
City of Waco Receives Music Friendly Certification
Known as a top tourist destination within the state of Texas, whatever you are looking for, you can find it in Waco. Whether you are a local or are just visiting, shopping, dining and entertainment options abound to suit any taste. The variety of options is no accident – over years, individuals, nonprofits, and the city itself have explored avenues to cultivate our city, pouring efforts into supporting all who call Waco home.
Sep
24
2020
A Community Driven Approach to Business Incubation
Startup Waco, a partner of Baylor University, is a local nonprofit whose purpose is to help create and sustain an ecosystem of entrepreneurship in order to help businesses start, build, grow, and ultimately thrive in Waco. In its first two years of existence, its already become a hub of activity, programs, resources, and connections to help small businesses and startups. Today, we recognize Startup Waco’s IncubateX254 program for truly innovating how it approaches business support.
Sep
17
2020
The Waco Culture Guide
The Waco Culture Guide highlights the districts, affinity groups, businesses, history, and more of Waco's communities of color. The vastness of Waco's Cultural Wealth is often missed by those new to the city. This is especially true for the faculty, staff, and students of color who make Waco home during their time at Baylor. With the Waco Culture Guide, we hope to provide a snapshot of the diversity present throughout Waco to the Baylor community and all who view it.
Sep
16
2020
Hispanic Heritage Month
According to the United States Census Bureau, Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the contributions Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South American, and the Caribbean’s Spanish-speaking nations have made to American society and culture. The observance was born in 1968 when Congress authorized the president to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Just two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a monthlong celebration, stretching from September 15 to October 15.
Sep
10
2020
Junior League of Waco
The Junior League of Waco is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. As they begin their 85th year in our community, one can see their contribution stamped across the community - typically in respect to spaces that benefit and provide value to the lives of women and children.
Sep
9
2020
Cultural Wealth Wednesday: Kennedy Sam
Sixteen years ago, Kennedy Sam moved to Waco from Chicago, Illinois. Growing up, she lived near Grant Park with its beautiful gardens and artwork. Nearby, the Aquarium, Planetarium, museums, and other cultural attractions helped shape her value for the arts. When asking Kennedy about the impact of her childhood, she shared the following, “as I look back and now find myself advocating for the contributions those institutions bring to a community, its undeniable that God’s hand was in motion aligning my life experiences and values, preparing me all along to work in my community supporting the arts.“
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