About Caritas of Waco
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Caritas helps families, individuals, and veterans in need through emergency services and case management programs.
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Caritas is able to provide hope to those in need, due to the generosity of community partners and donors like you. Before the pandemic, 26% of Waco families were living in poverty and unable to meet basic needs. Now, during this unprecedented time, more families than ever before, are needing assistance. Your support helps us provide people with not only hope, but food and other emergency services, and the case management resources needed to help them begin their journey out of poverty. Thank you for donating today to support our mission.
To make a donation by mail, please send a check or money order made payable to Caritas of Waco to: 300 South 15th Street, Waco, TX 76701.

Frequently Asked Questions


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. Caritas of Waco is committed to assuring equal opportunity and equal consideration in all client matters. Caritas of Waco does not discriminate against race, creed, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, religion, union or political affiliation, handicap, veteran status, or sexual orientation. The majority of clients 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 an online gift, please visit our donation page. To send a gift by mail, please make a check or money order payable to Caritas of Waco and send to Caritas of Waco, 300 S.15th Street, Waco, Texas, 76401. For more information on donations, or 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. 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?

Covid-19 Update: Drive-thru Pantry Service
8:30 – 11:00 AM and 1:00 -2:00 PM
*Drive-thru pantry dates and hours are subject to change due to holidays and weather conditions*

  • No appointment necessary
  • Please bring a photo ID for each family in the car receiving food

For more information on services, please visit our programs page or call 254-753-4593.

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.

Making A Difference Together

"I didn't have much to feel thankful for this year. Ever since my medical discharge, I have felt hopeless...my family and I would like to thank you and the Caritas Veterans Outreach Program for this blessing and help in hard times...people and services like the one you work for are growing rare. From my family to yours, thank you so much for not letting us fall between the cracks."

Caritas Veteran Client

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300 South 15th St., Waco, Texas 76701
(254) 753-4593