On March 21, 2022, Bastrop County was hit by severe weather including a tornado, which passed south and east of the City of Elgin. Severe and tornadic activity continued into the next day as the system moved eastward. More than 100 homes were damaged or destroyed.Volunteer in Bastrop, TX
What MDS Is Doing
MDS volunteers will build new homes.
Texas has always proven to be desirable to our volunteers in the winter months. Bastrop is a “legacy” site for MDS with many good, long- term relationships between our volunteers and the locals.
Bastrop, TX is located about 30 miles southeast of Austin Texas. Nestled along the banks of the Colorado River sits Bastrop, “the most historic small town in Texas”. Bastrop is famous for its beautiful outdoor vistas. Among these are the revitalized Bastrop State Park, the 900-acre Lake Bastrop, and a handful of lovely parks. Bastrop County has around 11 % of the population living below the national poverty line in the US.
Stories from the Field
“Hallelujah… Texas Style” As a native of Central Texas, I get excited when it is springtime in this part of the world. As the end of last week approached, I had not readily found a song that reflected the complex mixtures of...
The Stories We Can Tell John Sebastian was born in 1944, one of the “Boomer” generation. He grew up in New York City, listening to the music of Burl Ives, Woodie Gutherie, Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin’ Hopkins. In the early 1960’s...
Why Walk When You Can Fly Mary Chapin Carpenter was born in Princeton, New Jersey in the late 1950’s. Her father was an executive with Life Magazine, while her mom was a folk singer and guitarist, from whom Mary learned to play guitar and...