Committed to a brighter future for children, neighbors and communities.

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.

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.

Recognizing Community Assets

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Brook Oaks Neighborhood is a historic neighborhood in North Waco with an amazing amount of community assets. When neighborhood leaders began to imagine ways to encourage neighbors to engage in a healthier lifestyle, they quickly realized that they already had the resources needed to make that happen within their neighborhood. Brooks Oaks neighborhood has a wonderful asset in the Dewey Community Center, which has exercise equipment that can be accessed at a very low monthly cost by residents as well as great walking trails and a playground outside which can be used by the public at no cost. In addition, Brook Oaks is home to Waco Family Medicine which has a great outdoor walking space and a garden open to the community. Brook Oaks is also the site of the Jubilee Market and Urban REAP which offer fresh produce and other grocery items in the neighborhood. With so many assets already in the neighborhood, leaders within Brook Oaks realized that they needed to help increase the utilization of these resources rather than trying to create something new.

This year, through a small grant through the Waco Foundation, the Brook Oaks Neighborhood Association is doing exactly that. They will be hosting various events such as family fests, gardening and cooking demonstrations, and exercise classes in partnership with Waco Family Medicine to encourage healthy living. The first of these events will be a Family Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch on October 23 from 2-4 pm at the Community Gathering Space located at Waco Family Medicine. This is what happens when neighbors work together.

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Grassroots Community Development
Grassroots Community Development3 days ago
Last Friday was a busy time of celebratory events in East Waco. JH Hines hosted a Muffins for Moms event, where over 100 moms, grandmothers, aunties, sisters, and mother figures attended. Community partners and other volunteers also showed up to support this effort.
At the same time, just across West Waco Drive, was the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new GW Carver Middle School. Alumni, current students and staff, public officials,Waco ISD, residents and other community members gathered for this historical event. We enjoyed being able to participate and support these exciting moments.
Grassroots Community Development
Grassroots Community Development4 days ago
1 week away from Rooted! Please visit our website for more information on purchasing tickets and sponsoring. We can't wait to celebrate with you! https://grassrootswaco.org/rooted/
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Grassroots Community Development5 days ago
If you are interested in filing a protest and want to learn how, join us for a Property Tax Workshop on Thursday. With the deadline quickly approaching, this will be one of the last opportunities to join an in person workshop.

Thursday, May 12th
6pm to 8pm
Calvary Chapel
702 N 18th. Street