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Mansfield Mission Center Visits the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield
By Greg Barberee
On Friday, June 25, 2018, the Mansfield Kiwanis Club was fortunate to hear a presentation from Carmin MacMillan, the Executive Director of the Mansfield Mission Center. Joining Carmin was Lindsey Trook its Director of Development.
You may already be familiar with Mansfield Mission Center but you just don't know it. You see, the Mansfield Mission Center has served Mansfield since 1979 when it started as a service program of the First United Methodist Church Mansfield and operated out of a Sunday School Classroom. The program grew and became the Wesley Mission Center with its own building located on the FUMC Mansfield Campus. The Wesley Mission Center organized as a separate non-profit entity in 2013 and this year became the Mansfield Mission Center.
The mission of Mansfield Mission Center is to empower people on their journey to self-sufficiency and wholeness. Carmin informed the Club that 39% of the children in Mansfield ISD come from economically disadvantaged families. Since the start of 2018, the Mansfield Mission Center has assisted over 450 families -- their Clients. The Mansfield Mission Center empowers the Client by working with them to meet the immediate need whether it be food or financial assistance and work with the Client towards a long-term goal of self-sufficiency. The Mansfield Mission Center understands that each Client's journey to a better future is unique and assists the Client by offering the necessary tools for the Client to thrive and live the fullest possible life, as God intended.
The following programs are offered by the Mansfield Mission Center:
Interest Free Loans - The Mansfield Mission Center provides interest-free loans to help families meet immediate financial needs while establishing a repayment plan that works for their budget and offering financial coaching for long-term success.
Financial Coaching - The free financial coaching service pairs families with a coach they can meet with regularly to develop a long-term plan for financial success and stability as the family overcomes issues like poor credit, unmanageable debt, and a lack of savings.
Employment Training & Certifications - The Mansfield Mission Center assists Clients with completing their high school education, get a job certification/training or acquire a skill necessary to advance in the workforce and earn a livable wage.
Employment Coaching - Coaches assist with resumes and preparation for interviews during a Client's search for employment.
Mission Market - A market is available to families in need of extra items to supplement their health and nutrition needs.
Income Tax Preparation Assistance - Eligible families receive assistance with the preparation of their tax returns.
Senior Support - The Mansfield Mission Center aims to improve the well-being of seniors and disabled residents living in our community. A facilitator can be called upon to ensure each individual has access to a stable house, food and healthy support system.
Thrift Store - The Mansfield Mission Center's Thrift Store resells gently used items at low prices and always accepts your donations. Please visit the Mansfield Mission Center's new Thrift Store at 703 E. Broad Street. 100% of the Thrift Store proceeds helps Mansfield ISD families!
If you missed Carmin's presentation, please go visit the
Mansfield Mission Center website and learn more about the exciting things they are doing to improve the lives of children and families in Mansfield. Mansfield is lucky to have such an organization to support our community. Also, please consider personally supporting the Mansfield Mission Center so they can continue providing these services.
When disaster strikes, the Kiwanis family is there to help. So is the Kiwanis Children’s Fund—with disaster relief grants to help Kiwanis clubs and districts meet crucial, immediate needs.
Grants are designed to support Kiwanis-led relief efforts to meet the most urgent needs of victims immediately following natural disasters. Natural disasters include earthquakes, flooding caused by excessive rains, monsoons, hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons, wildfires and other similar disasters.
The disaster relief grant is for Kiwanis-family clubs and districts interested in addressing the immediate needs of disaster victims in the wake of a natural disaster. Kiwanis must lead the project or relief effort and may not hand over funding to another agency, group or organization.
The types of activities eligible for funding are hands-on projects in which Kiwanians purchase and distribute basic necessities such as:
Disaster relief requests must detail the Kiwanis club or district’s plan of action for providing immediate aid to disaster victims. Be sure to specify what items will be purchased with grant funds.
Grant requests should be sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org and include all of the following information:
Clubs and districts should determine the most pressing needs in the affected area in order to maximize the use of funds. This grant is not available to address long-term needs that may include building or rebuilding homes and replacing personal and household items.
For more information about our disaster relief program, email
email@example.com or call 1-800-KIWANIS, ext. 234 (U.S. and Canada), or +1-317-217-6234 (worldwide).
By Greg Barberee
Please mark your calendars now and plan on attending the following exciting Club events!
Mansfield Kiwanis Family Social
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Our Club will host our annual family social night on June 2nd.
We will meet in Gary Mills' back yard on his lovely patio at 6:30 for burgers and well, whatever. This is a family event, but we will need to know who all is coming. So, we will be passing around a sign up sheet on Friday. You will be asked to indicate how many from your family will be attending and what side dish, salad or dessert you will bring to share. There will be a $5 per adult charge for meat, buns and paper goods. Kids under 12 or so are free.
Upcoming Speakers for Friday Meetings:
June 8th - Greg Barberee
June 15th - DigitalSky with a presentation on new inovations with home automation.
June 22nd - Symphony Arlington's Complimentary Informance
June 29th - Michael Sweet, Board Certified Estate Planning Attorney with an update on the new tax law.
Kiwanis Club of Mansfield meets every Friday morning at 6:45 AM at the Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, 2700 E. Broad ST, Mansfield, TX 76063.
Guests are always invited to join us for breakfast!
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Our Passion: Serving Children
Our service to the children of the world starts in our hometown!
Service Leadership Programs
The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield sponsors the following service leadership programs:
Feed the Kids for Summer Program
In 2006 Common Ground created a way to help feed children during the summer that relied on the Federal free or reduced lunch program during the school year by creating the Feed the Kids Program.
Money for this program was in very short supply until The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield heard about the efforts of Common Ground and joined forces to meet the needs of these children. The following year the Mansfield Kiwanis provided substantial financial resources, volunteers and bags to support the Feed the Kids Program.
The number of children served has increased more than four fold since its inception. The Mansfield Kiwanis continue to support the Feed the Kids for Summer Program. Club Member Phil Stover is a Co-Chair of this program.
Additional Service to the Commuity by the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield
•Annually award multiple scholarships to graduating Seniors.
•Monthly recognition of a MISD Teacher of the Month.
•Monthly recognition of Students of the Month.
•Nursing Home Bingo: Each month we, along with members of our Key Clubs, provide a night of “Bingo” at the Mansfield Care Center on East Broad.
•Beautification Days: Our members historically assist with Citywide Cleanup Days.
•Habit for Humanity: We help with volunteers and fund raising for Habitat projects in Mansfield.
The Kiwanis Club of
Mansfield/Kiwanis Club of
Mansfield Foundation e-Newsletter
PO Box 25
Mansfield, TX 76063
Club President: Sharon Baker
Newsletter Editor: Greg Barberee