What is Caritas?

Caritas of Waco is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization that provides urgent support to people in need in our community through our emergency services and case management programs.

Who does Caritas provide services to?

Caritas serves individuals from all walks of life and backgrounds, from people who have experienced multi-generational poverty to those who have been affected by the recent pandemic. We assist anyone who has urgent needs, regardless of sex or ethnicity. The majority of our recipients are residents of McLennan County, although there are no geographical restrictions to receiving services. Recipients are interviewed to determine their needs for emergency services and case management.

How do I make a donation to Caritas?

Caritas relies on contributions from the community to support our services and programs. To make a one-time gift, a sustaining gift, or a gift in honor or memory of a loved one, please visit the ONLINE DONATION page on our website. To send a gift by mail, please make a check or money order payable to Caritas of Waco and sent to: Caritas of Waco, 300 S.15th Street, Waco, Texas, 76701. For more information on donations, to schedule a monetary or canned good fundraiser, please contact Director of Development Mary Beth Kauk at mkauk@caritas-waco.org or 254-753-4593 Ext. 205.

How can I volunteer at Caritas?

Caritas always needs volunteers in the food pantry, warehouse and thrift stores. To become a volunteer please fill out our VOLUNTEER APPLICATION on our website. For more information on volunteering, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Andrew Bryngelson at abryngelson@caritas-waco.org or 254-753-4593, Ext. 203.

How do I receive help from Caritas?

To receive services from Caritas, please bring a picture identification card and proof of current address to 300 South 15th Street. You will be given a number to see an interviewer who will then explain our services. In the interview you will be registered with the system and given a Caritas ID card. The interviewer will then determine what ways Caritas can be of help. All subsequent visits require your Caritas ID card and proof of address.

How is Caritas funded?

Over 98 percent of every dollar given to Caritas comes from “public support” which includes individuals, businesses, various faith communities, civic and social clubs, service organizations, charitable foundations, and the United Way of Waco-McLennan County. Close to 86 percent of all contributions go toward providing direct assistance. Caritas receives limited funding from government grants.