Frequently Asked Questions

What is Caritas?
Caritas of Waco is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization chartered by the state of Texas. Founded in 1967 by the Catholic Diocese of Austin, Caritas became an independent, ecumenical agency in 1979. All contributions it receives are tax-deductible.
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 economic downturn.

How do I make a donation to Caritas?

Simply go to our website. Click the “donate now” button on the Caritas home page. This will take you to a secure online donation form. You also can call our administrative offices to ask about making a donation over the phone or in person.

How can I volunteer at Caritas of Waco?
Caritas always needs volunteers in the food pantry, warehouse and thrift stores. Volunteers are appreciated. To become a volunteer simply sign up on the Caritas homepage under the “Volunteer” link at, or give us a call at 254-753-4593

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. About 86 percent of all contributions go toward providing direct assistance. Caritas receives limited funding from government grants.