AVANCE Waco Named Second 2014 Charity Champion

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WACO, Texas (September 4, 2014) — First National Bank McGregor today announced AVANCE Waco is the second of six Charity Champions winners for the fall 2014 season. AVANCE Waco representatives will receive training as a part of the Charity Champion program to help the organization further its mission. In addition, a publicity blitz will raise awareness about AVANCE Waco, which will include recognition of the non-profit’s leaders on the field of McLane Stadium during the Baylor home football game played on September 6, 2014.
The mission of AVANCE is to unlock America’s potential by strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parent education and support programs. AVANCE has served more than 2,000 parents and children in Central Texas during the last 12 years, providing early childhood development classes and pathways for parents to earn their GEDs.

“AVANCE is delighted to benefit from the organizational leadership development training with 360 Solutions as a part of this award,” said AVANCE Waco’s executive director, Jessica Attas. “We know that this training, together with an expanded base of community support as more people come to know the work we do, will help us build a better Waco, one family at a time.”

In early 2015, First National Bank McGregor will cover costs associated with each of the six Charity Champions’ participation in executive training provided by 360 Solutions. First National Bank McGregor’s president, David Littlewood, said the bank launched the Charity Champions program to help organizations like AVANCE Waco and others make a positive impact on the Central Texas area.

“AVANCE Waco was selected as our second Charity Champion because First National Bank McGregor agrees with their work to bring education to families,” said Littlewood. “We want all of Central Texas to know about them and, hopefully, choose to help them reach and surpass their goals.”

“So many in Waco struggle with poverty and could benefit from these classes, but we are limited by funding in how many we can serve,” said Attas. “We are currently in need of a second bus to transport families to and from our educational programs. Through training with 360 Solutions as a part of the Charity Champions program, we hope to learn how to attract investments in our work and how to best allocate those investments to meet the needs of the community through our program.”

Publicity for Charity Champions includes a live presentation during a Baylor home football game at McLane Stadium during its inaugural season, a video about each organization’s mission, promotion in print, online and social media platforms, and coverage before each game on ESPN radio.

The third 2014 Charity Champion will be announced before the October 11, 2014 Baylor home game played at McLane Stadium.

 

About AVANCE Waco

Research-based and proven for its effectiveness in bringing meaningful change in the lives of participants, AVANCE helps low income families break the cycle of poverty. Coupling parent education classes related to child health and development with early childhood education for children, and later ESL and GED classes and Workforce Development to promote educational achievement for parents, AVANCE provides a two-generation intervention that changes the present and future of our community, one family at a time. AVANCE has served parents and children nationally for 40 years and in Central Texas for 12 years. Visit http://www.avancewaco.org/ to learn more about AVANCE Waco and its work.

 

About First National Bank McGregor’s Charity Champions Program
To honor local charitable organizations while commemorating the bank’s 125th anniversary in 2014, First National Bank McGregor launched a program entitled “Charity Champions” in partnership with Baylor University and 360 Solutions. On August 22, 2014 CASA of McLennan and Hill Counties was named the first Charity Champion. The bank wants to celebrate this milestone by developing a new non-profit leadership program which will empower local charities for years to come. In 2014, six non-profits will be selected to receive 360 Solutions executive training and recognition at a Baylor University football game played in McLane Stadium during its inaugural season. Visit https://www.tfnbtx.com/charity-champions/ to nominate a charity for consideration. Follow Charity Champions on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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