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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.

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.

The “Unity” in Community

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Persistence. This is the word I would use to describe the efforts of longtime Oakwood Neighborhood resident, Connie. Over the past year, she has diligently worked to re-start the Oakwood Neighborhood Association which has been dormant for over two decades. Despite challenges, Connie’s passion for her neighborhood continues to burn and sustain her dedication to her neighbors and her community.

Part of Connie’s inspiration for starting the Oakwood Neighborhood Association are memories of having to go outside of her neighborhood when her kids and grandkids were growing up to go to National Night Outs and other neighborhood events. She wants this generation of Oakwood families to have events they can attend in their own neighborhood. This is what continued to motivate her as she tirelessly worked to plan Oakwood’s first National Night Out back in October, securing a DJ, vendors from local businesses and organizations, donations for food and drinks, and even an inflatable bull.

Persistence is what also continues to drive Connie as she works to make Oakwood an official neighborhood association, and in her own words, works to “bring more UNITY to the COMMUNITY.”

If you live or work in the Oakwood neighborhood, click here to find out more about how you can support Connie and help Oakwood become an official neighborhood association.

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Grassroots Community Development2 days ago
Are you a homeowner in the City of Waco and have some leaks in your roof? Well, Grassroots may be able to help. We are in Phase VIII of the Grassroots Community Development Roof Repair Program for City of Waco Residents. These services are supported through a grant from the City of Waco. This program is at no cost to low-income families who meet the application qualifications. The Open Enrollment and Application process deadline is November 2nd. So fill out your form NOW.
Please click on the link below to print our application or stop by Grassroots office to pick up an application. Our office address is: 1624 Colcord Ave, Monday- Friday 8-5pm
For more information, please call Project Manager Brian at 254-235-7358 ext 210.
Roof Repair Application: https://grassrootswaco.org/.../Phase-VIII-Full-Roof...
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Grassroots Community Development5 days ago
Grassroots is proud to introduce you to the new members of our board:
Crystal Diaz Espinoza is the Director of Enrollment, Career & Alumni Services at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University. She has a master’s degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs from Baylor University and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Tennessee. She comes to Grassroots with 12 years of experience working in areas of enrollment management, leadership and professional development, and diversity, equity & inclusion. Crystal also serves as a race equity consultant for Waco Foundation which helps to bring together community leaders to engage in race equity efforts within their organizations and the greater Waco community. More importantly, she is married to a native Wacoan and is the mother to a beautiful 2-year-old. In her spare time, Crystal is a BIG sports fan and of course loves to cheer on and support all Baylor Bears sports. She and her family also enjoy going to the Waco Farmers Market every weekend and supporting the continued growing number of local businesses as much as possible.
Jud Griffis is a 4th generation Waco resident. He was born at the old Hillcrest hospital and graduated high school from Reicher. Jud received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University, and an MBA from Baylor. His father has also served on the Grassroots board. He has been a full time real estate investor for over 20 years. Jud is married and he and his wife have 2 daughters and a son. His experience and expertise is in financial analysis and general business acumen. He has served on and chaired many boards; Compassion Ministries Board, Waco Building Standards Commission, Waco Historical Preservation Commission, and was the Waco Montessori School Treasurer. When Jud is not analyzing numbers or researching investments, he enjoys mountain biking in Cameron Park with his son and horseback riding with his daughters.
Grassroots is delighted to have Crystal and Jud become members of the board and look forward to working with them.
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Grassroots Community Development6 days ago
On September 3rd, we were honored to be highlighted as one of the TFNB Banks Charity Champions at the Baylor football game! Read more about the experience here, https://grassrootswaco.org/blog/tfnb-charity-champions/