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We consider a healthy neighborhood to be one that is safe, clean, and diverse; one in which it makes economic sense for people to invest and one where neighbors manage change successfully.

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We now offer IDA accounts to help families save money for a home. We will match your $1 with $2 for up to $1000.

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Waco Community Development shared Waco NAACP's post.

WACO NAACP & WELLS FARGO presents...
The Annual Homebuyer Education Workshop
When: Saturday November 18th, 2017
Where: East Waco Library
901 Elm Ave Waco, TX 76704
Time: 10:30am
FIRST 25 ATTENDEES RECEIVE A GIFT CARD
RSVP NOW!
Refreshments Will Be Served
For More Information Contact 254-733-5261 or WACONAACP@Gmail.com to sign up
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WE DID IT!
Thank you to all of the people that helped us with our Fall Fundraising Challenge.
We were able to raise $10,000 which is to be matched by a group of families.
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A Day in the Life of a Reading Club Volunteer
Most of us have picked up a book to read to or with someone else at some point in our life. We have read to our children, younger siblings, nieces, and nephews. We have grabbed the newspaper or our phones and read a section to our spouse, colleague, or friend. We can remember grabbing a book and reading along in school as a teacher read to us. These little simple moments seem exactly that, simple. Yet we often forget this when we are asked to consider volunteering to read to children at a school. We think it takes a certain type of person with some sort of specialty in reading and other skills that we don’t have. We think, “I don’t have a teaching background or know how to work with kids. I wouldn’t know where to begin to help children improve their reading.”
If I’m honest, I’m not sure that I often know where to begin when helping a kid to read, but I can tell you what it looks like for me and the volunteers we work with at various campuses.
Every week, one day a week, I take my lunch break to drive to West Avenue Elementary School. I arrive and say hi to the clerk in the front office and get signed in. Then I go to the counselor’s office to select books for my group to read for that day. Once I have our books, I go to the cafeteria to wait on my students to grab their lunch. When they see me, they smile and wave and move to the front of the line to get their lunch. Once they have their lunch trays we go to our reading area. We sit down and talk while they eat their lunch about things that are happening that week, what they’re learning in school, and what they think the book I’ve picked for us will be about based on the cover. Once we’ve done this we begin to read while they finish eating. Usually, we take turns reading. If they struggle at certain points I help them to slow down, sound out different words, and teach them new words. Sometimes I read to them and have them follow along. Other times they do all the reading. Sometimes we just work on recognizing words on flash cards or making up our own story with the pictures in the book. When our time is up, we go back to the cafeteria to throw away their trays and they join their classmates to go back to class.
Right now, there are almost 20 volunteers reading at West Avenue Elementary School, over 70 at Brook Avenue Elementary School, and almost 10 at JH Hines Elementary School. The reality is that it does take a very specific type of person with a particular skill set to be a reading club volunteer. It takes a caring adult who is willing to be committed to give up a small portion of their time each week to get to know a child while they sit and simply read together. If this sounds like you and you’re interested in being a reading club volunteer, please contact Josh Caballero at josh@wacocdc.org
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Summit 2017

The Summit External Home Repairs Project will take place

June 19th – 22nd

(During this week-long event more than 300 volunteers with church groups will work with Waco Community Development to perform external home […]

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Bonnets and Birdhouses

Check out a great story in the Waco Today about our Bonnets and Birdhouses Event, April 10th at 1pm.

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