Alice Pollard is something of a Waco legend. She was a committed member of our community, dedicating her life to making a positive difference in the lives of others and in the community—and world—writ large. There are so many stories that could be told of Alice’s incredible life, and NeighborWorks Waco is proud to be a small part of some of these memories.
In 1972, Alice became the first African-American female police office in the Waco Police Department. After six years with the Waco PD, Alice chose to become a teacher in Waco ISD, where she believed she could have even more impact on the people and future of Waco. She loved young people, and always referred to them as her babies. She spent more than two decades as a teacher, mentor, and coach in elementary, middle, and high school settings.
Alice also spent thirty years working part time at the City of Waco’s Dewey Recreational Center with young children, about whom she was so passionate. Alice organized the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day activities, honoring the work and legacy of Dr. King. She volunteered in countless other ways throughout her life and was involved in many causes throughout our community, not least of which was her active participation with her sorority—Zeta Phi Beta’s Delta Upsilon Zeta chapter. And of course, her beloved church congregation.
Most notable, for us, is the five years she spent as a member of the NeighborWorks Waco team. Alice was the project leader for our child financial literacy and mentoring program. She spent these years loving, leading, and teaching children throughout the Waco area, largely focused on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and financial responsibility.
Alice passed unexpectedly in November of 2019. Gone but not forgotten, Alice’s storied legacy continues. In early August, NeighborWorks Waco partnered with the Dewey Recreation Center and the Delta Upsilon Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta sorority to give away 100 back packs stuffed with snacks and school supplies. This back-to-school event is exactly the kind of thing Alice loved. This event brought together many of Alice’s passions, like education, her sorority, the Dewey, NeighborWorks Waco, and—of course—her babies.
Children lined up around the Dewey, dancing with anticipation, to receive their free backpack and educational resources, but also to be a part of this great woman’s legacy. NeighborWorks Waco is proud to participate in this event and to honor our late coworker and Waco legend, Alice Pollard.