Frisco nonprofit organizations respond to concerns over coronavirus spread

Frisco Family Services offers prevention services for food insecurity homelessness; and urgent needs for Frisco and Frisco ISD, which includes parts of McKinney, Little Elm and Plano. (Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper)
Frisco Family Services offers prevention services for food insecurity homelessness; and urgent needs for Frisco and Frisco ISD, which includes parts of McKinney, Little Elm and Plano. (Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper)

Frisco Family Services offers prevention services for food insecurity homelessness; and urgent needs for Frisco and Frisco ISD, which includes parts of McKinney, Little Elm and Plano. (Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper)

Nonprofits in Frisco are preparing for possible impacts related to coronavirus if confirmed cases of the illness rise in North Texas.

Collin County Health officials confirmed three cases of coronavirus in Frisco on March 10.

Frisco Family Services, the only social service organization helping families in crisis in Frisco, will continue serving the community and its clients, according to a March 12 statement.

None of Frisco Family Services’ upcoming volunteer opportunities and special events have been canceled as of March 12, per the statement.

In an email, director of strategy Joni Klarin said Frisco Family Services anticipates fewer volunteers, more financial need from current clients and an influx of new clients, as some may have to take work off without sick pay.


Klarin said the need at the food pantry may also increase as schools extend their spring break, since students already on free and reduced lunch will need additional help.

Frisco ISD announced March 12 it will extend its spring break by one week. Schools are out March 9-13 for spring break and will now be closed the week of March 16 as well.

Refresh Frisco is a nonprofit offering FISD students personal hygiene packs every quarter.

Due to coronavirus concerns, new families who sign up for the program will now be accommodated immediately and will receive hygiene packs at schools within days of enrollment, Refresh Frisco President Elizabeth Watkins said in an email.

Families interested in a hygiene pack from Refresh Frisco can reach out to their school nurse or counselor. Students must qualify for the free and reduced lunch program through FISD.

Editor's note: This is an evolving story and will be continuously updated as more information becomes available.
By Elizabeth Ucles
Elizabeth is the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Frisco edition. She graduated from St. Edward's University with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric with a journalism concentration and a minor in Spanish in May 2019. Elizabeth covers public and higher education, development and transportation.


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