Volunteer Guide 2021: 15 ways to help, get involved in the McKinney area

Meals on Wheels of Collin County relies on volunteers to deliver thousands of nutritious meals to Collin County residents. (Courtesy Meals on Wheels Collin County)
Meals on Wheels of Collin County relies on volunteers to deliver thousands of nutritious meals to Collin County residents. (Courtesy Meals on Wheels Collin County)

Meals on Wheels of Collin County relies on volunteers to deliver thousands of nutritious meals to Collin County residents. (Courtesy Meals on Wheels Collin County)

The McKinney community offers a variety of ways to get involved and provide help. Opportunities with area organizations range from help in the libraries to providing food. This list is noncomprehensive.

CIVIC SERVICES

McKinney Community Emergency Response Team

The city’s community emergency response team allows residents to help neighbors during disasters and major incidents if first responders are not immediately available.

Sample activities: disaster response, emergency medical procedures, neighborhood watch

Donations accepted: money

2200 Taylor-Burk Drive, McKinney

972-547-2866

www.mckinneytexas.org/832

Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, orientation


McKinney Performing Arts Center

The city’s performing arts center holds a variety of musical and theatrical events.

Sample activities: ticket taking, ushering, clerical support, technical lighting support

Donations accepted: money

111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney

972-547-2650

www.mckinneytexas.org/653/volunteer

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


McKinney Public Library System

Residents can help at the Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library and the John & Judy Gay Library.

Sample activities: shelving, shelf reading, maintaining shelves, projects, helping with programs or other duties

Donations accepted: money, books

101 E. Hunt St., McKinney

972-547-7323


www.mckinneytexas.org/535/volunteer

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


Heritage Village at Chestnut SquareHeritage Village at Chestnut Square aims to preserve local history by hosting community events, maintaining buildings and artifacts, and educating the community. (Courtesy Heritage Village at Chestnut Square)

This organization aims to preserve local history by hosting community events, maintaining buildings and artifacts, and educating the community.

Sample activities: collecting tickets, greeting guests, touring historic houses

Donations accepted: money

315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney

972-562-8790

https://www.chestnutsquare.org

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


ENVIRONMENT

McKinney Parks Foundation

The McKinney Parks Foundation was formed in partnership with the city to beautify and maintain parks and open spaces.

Sample activities: organizing volunteer events, supervising Eagle Scout projects, presenting educational programs, helping with park development

Donations accepted: money, gloves, bottled water, trash bags, rakes

1611 N. Stonebridge Drive, McKinney

972-547-7480

www.mckinneyparksfoundation.org/volunteer

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


HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Community Garden Kitchen of Collin County

The organization aims to serve healthy prepared meals to feed those in need and end hunger within the local community.

Sample activities: preparing and serving meals

Donations accepted: money, stocks, a bequest, insurance

P.O. Box 1881, McKinney

972-345-2171

www.communitygardenkitchen.org

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


GraceToChange

GraceToChange is an intensive outpatient treatment center treating both adults and adolescents with substance use problems.

Sample activities: cleaning and organizing office and meeting space, organizing clothing closets

Donations accepted: money, clothing, holiday food baskets

1216 N. Central Expressway, Ste. 104, McKinney

972-542-2900

www.gracetochange.org

Volunteer requirements: Application


ManeGait Therapeutic HorsemanshipManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship helps people with disabilities and veterans through the use of horsemanship and equine therapy. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

This group helps people with disabilities and veterans through the use of horsemanship and equine therapy.

Sample activities: providing physical and motivational support to riders, feeding horses, cleaning stalls

Donations accepted: money, Walmart gift cards, stable supplies

3160 N. Custer Road, McKinney

469-742-9611

www.manegait.org

Volunteer requirements: Application, orientation, under age 18 allowed


Community Health ClinicCommunity Health Clinic provides free health care to uninsured and low-income individuals, treats primary care health issues and provides chronic disease management. (Courtesy Community Health Clinic)

This nonprofit provides free health care to uninsured and low-income individuals, treats primary care health issues and provides chronic disease management.

Sample activities: office work, nurse work, translation services

Donations accepted: money

120 S. Central Expressway, Ste. 102, McKinney

972-547-0606

www.chc-mckinney.com

Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, orientation


Streetside Showers

Streetside Showers provides free portable showers to those in need in McKinney, Denton, Irving and Plano.

Sample activities: greeting guests, cleaning showers, distributing hygiene kits

Donations accepted: monetary donations, socks, underwear, travel-size hygiene items

2411 Virginia Parkway, Ste. 5, McKinney

214-842-3132

www.streetsideshowers.com

Volunteer requirements: Application, orientation, under age 18 allowed


Community Lifeline Center

This organization helps those experiencing temporary crises by distributing financial aid, goods and services.

Sample activities: distributing food, preparing and packing boxes, driving refrigerated trucks

Donations accepted: money, cans of chili without beans, chicken, toiletries

1601 N. Waddill St., Ste. 102

972-542-0020

www.communitylifeline.org

Volunteer requirements: Application


McKinney Little Free Pantry

The McKinney Little Free Pantry provides non-perishable food, toiletries and other necessities.

Sample activities: Sorting and stocking donations, conducting food drives, shopping

Donations accepted: Monetary donations

2000 N. McDonald St., Ste. 100, McKinney

469-424-5900

http://McKinneyLFP.org

Volunteer requirements: Under age 18 allowed


COUNTY LEVEL

CASA of Collin County

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

Sample activities: ensuring children’s needs are met and rights are protected with a year-long commitment, assisting with court appearances and visitations

Donations accepted: money

101 E Davis St., McKinney

972-529-2272

www.casaofcollincounty.org

Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, orientation


Habitat for Humanity of Collin County

The organization helps others by building homes and communities.

Sample activities: building and putting up walls, including the roof and the trim along the house as well as painting the interior and exterior; helping with merchandise at the organization’s ReStore

Donations accepted: money, gently used furniture, household items

2060 Couch Drive, McKinney

972-542-5300

www.habitatcollincounty.org

Volunteer requirements: Application, orientation, under age 18 allowed


Meals on Wheels of Collin County

The organization relies on volunteers to deliver thousands of nutritious meals to Collin County residents. The mission also extends to feeding pets of people in the program.

Sample activities: making delivery drives and substitute delivery drives

Donations accepted: money, household necessities, nonperishable food items

600 N. Tennessee St., McKinney

972-562-6996

www.mealsonwheelscc.org

Volunteer requirements: Application, background check, orientation, under age 18 allowed
By Matt Payne
Matt Payne reports on Frisco City Hall and its committees, Collin County Commissioners and McKinney business. His experience includes serving as online content editor at Fort Worth Magazine and city editor at the Killeen Daily Herald. He is a 2017 graduate of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in Denton.


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