On the heels of the devastating winter storm, and with the pandemic still making life difficult for many residents, several organizations have partnered to provide assistance for Mansfield residents and coordinate with those in the community who want to volunteer to help.
Mansfield TX Responds and its new website, mansfieldtxresponds.org, serves as the vehicle for both of those efforts: requesting assistance and responding to calls for volunteers and donations.
The site is a place for residents needing assistance to provide specific information about their situation and their needs. Meanwhile, anyone wishing to volunteer will find those opportunities on the website. And if you are able to donate to these efforts, you will be able to do so online.
Five founding entities are part of this altruistic endeavor: the City of Mansfield, Mansfield Mission Center, Texas Baptist Men, Mansfield Churches for the City and United Methodist Committee on Relief. The goal of Mansfield TX Responds is to “work with a local, diverse, cross-sector committee to help with immediate needs and to form long-term recovery plans. Together, we assist our neighbors when they need us most.”
The partnership is a way to enhance a platform already in place at Mansfield Mission Center, which works with local organizations, churches and city government to assist residents impacted by disasters.
Following the winter storm that left thousands without power and water, the website represents a timely and helpful means to bring the partners’ – and their volunteers’ – abilities and resources together to respond to those in need. Regular updates note specific needs that can be met, such as water and boxfans to go to residents affected by the storm, and offers volunteer forms to aid helpers in finding areas where their expertise might best be used.
“Mansfield is a community that cares for those in need, especially when they are our neighbors,” a statement on the website reads. “We can meet the needs of those in our community who have been impacted by this disaster. Together we can make a difference. We are #MansfieldStrong.”