Volunteer Guide 2021: 17 ways to help, get involved in the Frisco area

Courtesy Frisco Family Services
Courtesy Frisco Family Services

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Courtesy Refresh Frisco
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Courtesy Lovepacs Frisco
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Courtesy Frisco Fastpacs
Help out the Frisco community in a number of ways throughout the year by volunteering with local nonprofit groups. Volunteer opportunities included in this guide range from helping at a food pantry to child care. This list is noncomprehensive.

CIVIC SERVICES

City of Frisco

Volunteers with the city’s Municipal Volunteer Program can assist with city-sponsored events or work with different city departments in daily activities.

Sample activities: Volunteers can serve meals, greet visitors and more.


Donations accepted: monetary, gift items for the Kids Holiday Store

6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco

972-292-5078

www.friscotexas.gov/226/volunteer

Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, under age 18 allowed


EDUCATION

Courtesy Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin CountyBoys & Girls Clubs of Collin County-Frisco branch

The clubs help young people reach their full potential with mentorship and tutoring.

Sample activities: Volunteers can assist with cleaning, maintenance and painting, operating the phone bank, and helping with special events.

Donations accepted: monetary, gifts for gift drives, silent auction items, cleaning supplies, art supplies, face masks, hand sanitizer, wipes

8750 McKinney Road, Frisco

214-387-8405

www.bgccc.org/frisco

Volunteer requirements: Application, orientation, under age 18 allowed


Frisco Arts

This nonprofit, community-based organization aims to advance the arts in Frisco.

Sample activities: Those who volunteer can assist with events, such as Frisco Arts Walk and Run, local arts events and performances.

Donations accepted: monetary

3201 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 200-211, Frisco

972-810-1028

www.friscoarts.org

Volunteer requirements: Orientation, under age 18 allowed


Courtesy Frisco Family YMCAFrisco Family YMCA

This community-focused nonprofit offers recreations programs and services for all ages.

Sample activities: Activities range from helping with facility projects, daily tasks at the front desk, coaching children's sports teams, fundraising and helping in the child watch area.

Donations accepted: monetary, toys, clothes, eyeglasses, shoes

3415 W. Main St., Frisco

214-297-9622

www.ymcadallas.org/locations/frisco

Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, orientation, under age 18 allowed


Frisco Heritage Center

The museum features artifacts, exhibits and photos depicting Frisco’s history.

Sample activities: Volunteers help with exhibits, special projects and operations.

Donations accepted: monetary

6455 Page St., Frisco

972-292-5665

www.friscomuseum.com

Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, orientation, under age 18 allowed


Museum of the American Railroad

The museum preserves the history and examines the future of the nation’s trains and rail systems.

Sample activities: Volunteers work as tour guides and docents and can help with school tour programming presentations, restoration projects, special events and projects.

Donations accepted: monetary

8004 N. Dallas Parkway, Frisco

214-428-0101

www.historictrains.org

Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, orientation, under age 18 allowed


HUMAN SERVICES

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Centennial

Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not-for-profit health system in the state of Texas, has 51 hospitals and more than 1,100 access points throughout the state.

Sample activities: Volunteers may serve in various roles, with duties determined by the individual facility. Roles can include escorting patients and visitors throughout the hospital, working in the gift shop, acting as community advocates and answering phones.

Donations accepted: monetary

12505 Lebanon Road, Frisco

469-764-8000

www.baylorscottandwhite.com

Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, orientation, under age 18 allowed


Courtesy Frisco Family ServicesFrisco Family Services

Frisco Family Services supports families and individuals affected by crisis while living in the Frisco and Frisco ISD communities.

Sample activities: Volunteers can accept and sort donated items, drive to pick up donations, stock pantry shelves at the market, assist clients, provide office assistance at the Client Services Building front desk, accept applications, schedule appointments, answer phones and provide information. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed at the front desk and at the Frisco Family Services Market.

Donations accepted: food, cleaning products, hygiene items, new or like-new furniture, household goods, home decor items

9125 Dogwood St., Ste. 100, Frisco,

972-335-9495

www.friscofamilyservices.org

Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, orientation, under age 18 allowed


Frisco Fastpacs

Frisco Fastpacs works to provide children who attend Frisco ISD schools with food when they are not in school.

Sample activities: The organization needs volunteers to help sort, shelve and pallet food items; fill tubs with individual grocery items; and break down boxes.

Donations accepted: Monetary donations can be made online, and contributions of shelf-stable healthy foods are accepted.

124 Rose Lane, Ste. 603, Frisco

469-731-5040

www.friscofastpacs.org


Volunteer requirements: Orientation, under age 18 allowed

Lovepacs Frisco

This nonprofit serves all Frisco ISD schools as well as Leadership Prep School with nonperishable food items and encouragement notes during the holiday breaks.

Sample activities: Volunteers are able to decorate boxes, participate in food drives, pack food boxes, write encouraging notes, deliver snack bags and boxes to schools, and more.

Donations accepted: monetary, food items

122 Rose Lane, Ste. J2, Frisco

https://lovepacs.org/our-communities/frisco

Volunteer requirements: Under age 18 allowed


Courtesy National Breast Cancer FoundationNational Breast Cancer Foundation

The foundation aims to help those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services.

Sample activities: Individuals or groups can prepare items that go into the foundation’s Hope Kits and help with administrative tasks.

Donations accepted: monetary, items from Amazon Wish List

7460 Warren Parkway, Ste. 150, Frisco

972-248-9200

www.nationalbreastcancer.org

Volunteer requirements: Application, orientation, under age 18 allowed


Refresh Frisco

Refresh Frisco works to ensure that every child has access to personal hygiene items.

Sample activities: Those who volunteer can count and sort donations as well as assist at drive-thru distributions and deliver hygiene packs to schools.

Donations accepted: hygiene products, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, shampoo, conditioner, et cetera. More donation locations are listed on the website.

PO Box 5367, Frisco

www.refreshfrisco.org

Volunteer requirements: Orientation, under age 18 allowed


COUNTY-LEVEL

Courtesy Big Brothers Big SitersBig Brothers Big Sisters

The nation’s largest mentoring organization gives children facing adversity the chance to establish relationships that help change their lives.

Sample activities: The nonprofit offers in-person and virtual options for mentoring children in the Dallas and Collin County area.

Donations accepted: monetary, tickets to events, et cetera

450 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Ste. 300, Irving

888-887-2447

www.bbbstx.org/dallas

Volunteer requirements: Application, background, orientation


CASA of Collin County and Denton County

CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, turns community members into advocates for children removed from their homes by Child Protective Services.

Sample activities: Volunteers are tasked with ensuring the children’s needs are met and rights are protected with a year-long commitment. Volunteers assist with court appearances and visitations.

Donations accepted: monetary

Collin County: 101 E Davis St., McKinney, 972-529-2272, www.casaofcollincounty.org

Denton County: 614 N. Bell Ave., Denton, 940-243-227, http://casadenton.org

Volunteer requirements: Application, background, orientation


Habitat for Humanity of Collin County and Denton County

The organization helps others by building homes and communities.

Sample activities: Volunteers are needed for builds and can participate in building and putting up walls, putting up the trim along the house and painting the interior and exterior. Individuals can also help with merchandise at the organization’s ReStore.

Donations accepted: monetary and gently used furniture and household items

Collin County: 2060 Couch Drive, McKinney, 972-542-5300, www.habitatcollincounty.org

Denton County: 1805 Cornell Lane, Denton, 940-484-5006, www.habitatdentoncounty.org

Volunteer requirements: Application, orientation, under age 18 allowed


Lil' Warriors

Lil’ Warriors is a nonprofit organization that aims to provide financial assistance for families whose children are facing health challenges.

Sample activities: Sponsors and volunteers can assist in fundraising and events.

Donations accepted: monetary or raffle items

1221 W. Campbell Road, Ste. 245, Richardson

www.lilwarriorscharity.org

Volunteer requirements: under age 18 allowed


Courtesy Meals on Wheels of Collin CountyMeals on Wheels of Collin County

The organization relies on volunteers to deliver thousands of nutritious meals to Collin County residents and their pets.

Sample activities: Volunteers are needed to make delivery drives and substitute delivery drives.

Donations accepted: monetary, household necessities, and nonperishable food items

600 N. Tennessee St., McKinney

972-562-6996

www.mealsonwheelscc.org

Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, orientation, under age 18 allowed

Meals on Wheels of Denton County

The organization relies on volunteers to deliver thousands of nutritious meals to Denton County residents and their pets.

Sample activities: Volunteers are needed to make delivery drives and substitute delivery drives.

Donations accepted: monetary

1800 Malone St., Denton

940-382-2224

www.mowdc.org

Application, background check, orientation
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.