Mission Waco Mission World is a 501c3 non-profit. Our mission is to: 1) Provide Christian-based holistic, relationship-based programs that empower the poor and marginalized, 2) Mobilize middle-class Americans to become more compassionately involved among the poor, and 3) Seek ways to overcome the systemic issues of social injustice which oppress the poor and marginalized.
We are a volunteer-based organization. Though core staff members lead the programs, virtually every area of Mission Waco Mission World relies on volunteers to build relationships with program participants, provide help for maintaining and cleaning program buildings, assist with other fundraisers, serve customers in our retail stores, and more. Our volunteer base includes people from the community and area churches, program participants, as well as out-of-town groups who come to serve/learn here.
Charity Navigator gives us a high ranking, and we are members in the Better Business Bureau. Quite a bit of info is on our webpage that will help you learn more but please feel free to contact us if you would like more info or to ask questions.
Race ONE helps in 2 ways:
1. Community — Race ONE brings together people from all areas of Waco in a neighborhood that has a history of being overlooked and abandoned. Back in the early 1900’s this neighborhood was one of the first “suburbs” of downtown Waco and the corner of N.15th & Colcord had one of the first shopping centers and a first-run movie theater. Over time as the city grew and shifted to the west and racial differences and poverty divided the city, the shopping center became home to bars and a porn theater and drug deals and prostitution were visible day and night. In the mid-1990’s, Mission Waco received what is now the Jubilee Center as a gift (with some leaking roofs!) and began to reclaim and rebuild. Other non-profits, churches, neighbors, and businesses have joined together to create a neighborhood that is on the rebound. The corner of N. 15th & Colcord is a great stop for a meal now with D’s Mediterranean Grill and World Cup Café/Fair Trade Market and our Urban Edibles food truck and Jubilee Food Market, or visiting the kind medical staff at Family Health Center, or filling your aquarium from North Waco Tropical Fish! Habitat for Humanity and Waco Community Development Corporation have built many new homes with low- and middle-income homeowners. West Avenue and Brook Oaks Elementary Schools hold prominent places of positive investment in our children. Race ONE is a great day for all of us to get out in the neighborhood together for some exercise, greeting neighbors, making some new friends. We welcome you to our neighborhood and hope you enjoy the day!
2. Fund Raising for our programs — All people who are pre-registered (by Wednesday April 26, 2017) will be provided a ballot to “vote” on race day for the Mission Waco Mission World program of their choice to receive $15 of the Race ONE proceeds. Our program directors provide a list on the ballot of specific needs in their program areas. Ballots will only be accepted at Jubilee Park on race day from 7am-9am. If you have a favorite Mission Waco program — recruit your friends to pre-register and come out on race day to “vote” their support!