STARS Book Clubs: 2020 Charity Champions

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STARS Book Clubs is a network of volunteer mentors that meet weekly over lunch with students to talk, eat, and practice reading books aloud. Schools with STARS Book Clubs have increased their STAAR Reading passing rates by 27%! Learn more at starsbookclubs.com.

STARS Director Michael Jeter, Assistant Director Kenneth McAdam, and Campus Coordinator Dannielle Perez with TFNB Your Bank for Life President and CEO David Littlewood and 360 Solutions CEO Chip Wilson.

The Art Center of Waco: 2020 Charity Champions

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Recognizing the 5th Charity Champion of 2020: The Art Center of Waco! This nonprofit serves as a creative force in the community for teaching, displaying, promoting, and preserving vital, diverse visual art that enriches and inspires us all.

The Art Center of Waco is currently renovating a new headquarters on 8th Street near Downtown Waco. They could use financial pledges to support construction. PLEDGE HERE: artcenterwaco.org/new-building

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Board Member Hector Sabido tells us why supporting the arts is good for the entire community. Learn more about The Art Center’s mission at artcenterwaco.org

Legacy Family Ministries: 2020 Charity Champions

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Legacy Family Ministries deepens the roots of individuals with God’s truth so that their foundation as a married couple will be developed for the sake of the family institution. By strengthening the family they will in turn pass on God’s principles from one generation to the next.

One of the ways Legacy supports engaged couples is through their Countdown marriage preparation courses. Couple meet with mentors and peers to talk about what it means to develop a Christ-centered marriage.

Learn more about their ministry on their website, or on Facebook and Instagram.

Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute: 2020 Charity Champions

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Our third Charity Champion of 2020 is the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute. This iconic Waco museum has drawn locals and tourists alike since opening its doors in the early 90s, but they’re more than just a museum. The Free Enterprise Institute side of the organization uses the story of Dr Pepper and the soda industry to illustrate how anyone with a good idea can start a business.

Dr Pepper is the oldest major soft drink in America. It was invented in Waco in by Dr. Charles Alderton at the Old Corner Drug Store in 1885. Learn more about the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute on their website.

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Klaras Center for Families: 2020 Charity Champion

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TFNB Your Bank for Life is proud to present our 2nd Charity Champion of 2020: Klaras Center for Families! 

Klaras Center for Families provides comprehensive services to the children, adolescents, young adults and families in the most trauma-sensitive, culturally sensitive, safe healing environment. Currently, they are looking specifically at developing programming that addresses the needs of a culturally diverse population and providing additional services and supports for suicide prevention, trauma informed care, bullying prevention, and mentoring.

Watch Ron Kimbell, Division Director for Klaras, interviewed by John Morris, Voice of the Baylor Bears.

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The need:

Klaras relies on services they can bill for and grants to provide funding for most of their services. They’d like to extend some of the programs they’ve created using grant funds into the future, but they can only do that with your help! If you’d like to help them provide services, like a respite house for youth facing a traumatic environment, please give get in touch on their website!

2020 Charity Champion: Esther’s Closet

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TFNB Your Bank for Life is proud to present one of our first Charity Champions of 2020: Esther’s Closet! We’ll be recognizing them at Saturday’s Baylor Football game.

Esther’s Closet is more than a program that assists women who are transitioning back into the labor force. Women from various races and backgrounds come in with one thing in common: fear of not having what they need to survive. Esther’s Closet watches these diamonds in the rough transform in front of them. Every one of their visitors is treated with dignity and respect. Most look unsure of themselves, appear insecure, and are not dressed professionally.

Once they are greeted as welcomed guests and treated as VIP’s, they begin to come out of their shells and display beautiful smiles that the hardships of life have turned into scowls. After speaking with them about their interviews, goals, dreams and aspirations, Esther’s Closet sees them walk with more confidence, and sit straighter. They are all smiles.