After a week of devastation, including power and water outages for millions, from record-setting sever cold weather in Texas, the Dallas Mavericks are stepping in to help. Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr., Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell, owner Mark Cuban, and CEO Cynt Marshall worked with the Mavs Foundation and jersey partner Chime to donate over $1.25 million in emergency relief grants.
Specifically, the money will to toward Dallas-area organizations to help pay for emergency and homeless shelters, facilities costs, meals, and transportation. This includes the Kay Baily Hutcheson Convention Center that both serves as a warming center as well as homeless housing in cooperation with OurCalling, Austin Street Shelter, and the Stewpot.
“I am always touched by the generosity of our owner. When my boss donates $1 million dollars, it encourages the rest of us to show up and give. I also am very proud of our players who have always stepped up during our city’s time of need. This money will go a long way to get these organizations back on their feet,” Marshall said in a statement. “We are heartbroken knowing that there are so many misplaced, hungry and cold Texans in our area and the Mavs and Chime are here to help in any way we can.”
Others receiving assistance are 14 YMCA locations serving as warming centers and those living in low-income housing at The Wilkinson Center, Housing Crisis Center, and Voice of Hope. They will also be receiving emergency rental assistance.
The Family Place and Genesis Women’s Shelter, two organizations specializing in providing emergency housing for women and families in need, both experienced devastating damage when their water pipes bust during the winter storm. Funds are going toward rehousing the families sheltered there.
Our shelter has suffered extensive damage from the winter storm, but our clients are all safe at an off-site location. With the current road conditions the safest and most effective way to help at this time is though monetary donations. Donate at https://t.co/CJHyScXi00 pic.twitter.com/5NLY7bDLMU— The Family Place (@family_place) February 17, 2021
For the first time in 35+ yrs, our emergency shelter & transitional housing have been completely shut down due to burst pipes & power loss. If you are currently in a position to help, we ask that you make a donation; our needs are critical and immediate: https://t.co/ROAvzIsHBg pic.twitter.com/qXPdWsylyn— Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support (@GenesisShelter) February 18, 2021
Aid will also go toward the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund, that can only be used in the event of a federally declared emergency. President Joe Biden issued a federal disaster declaration for the entire state of Texas on February 14.
For 24 years, the Mavs Foundation has raised more than $6 million in grant funding for nonprofit organizations serving women, children, and families in need.
“There are so many of our fellow Dallasites without food, water and shelter during this devastating winter storm, and we would be remiss if we did not help in some way,” Powell said. “I hope that our contributions will give relief to those struggling during this time.”
If you’re interested in donating to an organization helping those in need in the Dallas-area, consider giving directly to any of the organizations listed above or to the Mavs Foundation. There are also a number of mutual aid organizations taking donations.