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.

Welcome DeShauna Hollie, New Community Organizer

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Grassroots is excited to welcome our newest team member, DeShauna Hollie, as our Community Organizer in the North Waco area! You can get to know more about DeShauna, what drew her to organizing, and her commitment to our Waco community below.

 

Hi, 

I’m DeShauna Hollie and I am excited to be joining Grassroots as a Community Organizer in the North Waco area. I grew up in Waco and have lived in neighborhoods in East, South and North Waco. I moved away to attend college in Illinois at Greenville College where I studied History and Political Science. After college I spent some time volunteering and living in an intentional Christian Community in Comer, GA called Jubilee Partners. At Jubilee I had the opportunity to work with refugees, teaching English. This experience really taught me a lot about offering hospitality and creating welcoming spaces.

After leaving Jubilee, I moved to Philadelphia to attend graduate school at Eastern University’s Tony Campolo School for Social Change where I studied Urban Economic Development. Eastern is where I really began to learn how to look for the different effects of Community Organizing on communities, especially within urban communities. I saw neighbors, churches and organizations working together to build gardens, start small businesses and bring farmers markets/fresh food access to their neighborhoods. It altered my perception of what both community development and community organizing could be.

I moved back to Waco to be closer to family. I have spent the last 10 years working in the Early Childhood Education sector and learning a lot about the connection between mental health and education. Over the past 10 years I have tried to stay connected with what is happening in the Waco Community by attending community meetings and serving on community boards and committees that focus on a range of issues including education, immigration, leadership development and performing and theater arts.  I am excited to join the Grassroots team as a community organizer and see it as a great opportunity to mix my previous education and experience with my desire to stay engaged with my community.

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Check out our newest blog post about the power of connection within our community!

Follow the link: https://grassrootswaco.org/blog/when-we-spend-time-together
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"If the topic of housing comes up, our immediate response may not be to think of a congregation, faith group, or even our own church community. Yet, faith groups – whether that be your own church or small work group – can be a strength in our communities in so many ways. From spiritual care and guidance to practical assistance and resources, our faith communities can be one of the solutions to address housing in Waco."

Follow the link to our latest blog post called "Faith and Housing in the Same Conversation".

https://grassrootswaco.org/blog/faith-and-housing-in-the-same-conversation/

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Please join us on April 13th as we serve the North Waco Community. We invite you to register with the QR code and volunteer some time to support homeowners. This is a community-based minor repair and cleanup project that requires no expertise! For any questions about the event, please contact Sarai Muniz at sarai@grassrootswaco.org.
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Grassroots is looking to expand their team with another Community Organizer! The Grassroots Community Organizer is a dynamic, solution-oriented professional committed to engaging and developing neighborhood leadership. Using a consensus organizing model and assets based community organizing style the community organizer will be responsible for organizing and developing leaders in Waco in four major areas:

- Grassroots Leadership Training (GLT)
- Neighborhood-specific Organizing
- School Involvement
- Family Engagement

For more information, see the full job description at: https://grassrootswaco.org/wp-content/uploads/Grassroots-Community-Organizer-position-2024.pdf

The deadline for resumes and questions is Feb 16th. Please send resumes to Mike Stone at mike@grassrootswaco.org.