17 places to volunteer your time in Plano

Check out more than a dozen places to volunteer in Plano below. (Courtesy City of Plano)
Check out more than a dozen places to volunteer in Plano below. (Courtesy City of Plano)

Check out more than a dozen places to volunteer in Plano below. (Courtesy City of Plano)

Help out communities in need in Plano throughout the year by volunteering with local nonprofit groups. Volunteer opportunities included in this guide range from feeding the hungry to cleaning Plano’s creeks. This list is noncomprehensive.

FEED THE HUNGRY

1. Plano Community Garden

The garden provides more than 5,000 pounds of fresh organic produce annually to local food pantries serving Plano families.

Sample activities: Care for and cultivate a raised bed; gather your produce for the food pantry delivery; report your volunteer time and harvest poundage weekly.


4030 W. Plano Parkway, Plano

972-769-4313

www.plano.gov/1704/Plano-Community-Garden

2. Minnie’s Food Pantry

This community-funded food pantry helps feed people who are unemployed, underemployed or dealing with costs of living they cannot afford.

Sample activities: Sorting, preparing boxes, helping with resale store, food pantry operations, special projects.

661 18th St., Plano

972-596-0253

www.minniesfoodpantry.org

3. North Texas Food Bank

This regional food bank whose main distribution center is in Plano serves more than 200,000 meals a day to people of all ages in 13 counties.

Sample activities: Sorting and packing food for various programs; assisting clients of the food bank’s mobile pantry and school pantry programs.

3677 Mapleshade Lane, Plano

214-330-1396

www.ntfb.org

4. God’s Pantry

This local food pantry distributes tens of thousands of pounds of donated food to people in need each month.

Sample activities: Lifting boxes of canned foods, sorting, cleaning.

3420 E. 14th St., Ste. 100, Plano

972-633-9777

www.godspantryplano.org

5. A Christian Food Pantry & Thrift Store

This food pantry helps families from many backgrounds select from a variety of foods that fit their needs.

Sample activities: Assisting clients, cleaning, helping clients carry boxes, helping unload trucks.

1116 Dobie Drive, Plano

972-578-5730

www.acfoodpantry.org

SUPPORT FAMILIES

6. Plano CARES

Plano Code Abatement by Residents Engaged in Services, or CARES, connects volunteers with residents in need of assistance with common property code violations.

Sample activities: Basic landscaping; tree trimming; minor fence repair; small demolition projects.

Locations vary.

972-208-8150

www.plano.gov/993/Volunteer-Opportunities

7. Hope’s Door New Beginning Center

This nonprofit organization helps individuals and families escape and heal from domestic abuse, dating abuse and family violence.

Sample activities: Provide childcare; provide administrative support; assist with special events; organize donations; assist at resale store.

860 F Ave., Ste. 100, Plano

972-422-2911

www.hdnbc.org

8. Habitat for Humanity of Collin County Plano Restore

This group’s Plano Restore sells new and gently used merchandise at a discount. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Collin County.

Sample activities: Going through merchandise, examining donated items.

2060 W. Spring Creek Parkway, Ste. 402, Plano

972-424-0791

www.planorestore.com

9. City House

City House provides for, serves, and empowers children and young adults experiencing abuse, neglect or homelessness.

Sample activities: Life-coach; cook; tutor; conduct playdates; clean and do laundry; provide administrative and maintenance support.

830 Central Parkway E., Ste. 350, Plano

972-424-4626

www.cityhouse.org/volunteer.shtml

10. Turning Point Rape Crisis Center

The center provides counseling, education and advocacy to those affected by sexual violence and provides advocacy training for volunteers four times a year.

Sample activities: Administrative assistants: Assisting with fundraisers and special events. Interns: assist with hospital and crisis advocacy (with training).

3325 Silverstone Drive, Plano

972-985-0951

www.theturningpoint.org

11. Plano Warming Station

This Salvation Army overnight space serves as short-term emergency housing when temperatures, wind and precipitation become dangerous. The center is open on inclement weather nights from Nov. 1-March 31.

3528 E. 14th St., Plano

Sample activities: Provide transportation; recruit and train volunteers; serve meals; provide other support services.

SERVE SENIORS

12. The Legacy Senior Communities Inc.

The Legacy Senior Communities provides care to seniors and their families while embracing Jewish values.

Sample activities: Arts and crafts; event coordination; one-on-one visits; musical performances; reading.

6101 Ohio Drive, Plano

972-468-6160

www.thelegacyseniorcommunities.org

13. Lone Star Wheelers

Lone Star Wheelers is a free community service that provides safe wheelchair bicycle rides in Plano for sick, elderly and disabled residents and non-residents.

Sample activities: Give bike rides to the disabled and elderly.

6400 Cheyenne Trail, Plano

469-816-3844

www.lonestarwheelers.com

BETTER THE CITY

14. Plano litter and creek cleanup

Pick up litter in neighborhoods, campuses or parks year-round with provided cleanup supplies from the city.

Locations vary.

972-769-4328

www.plano.gov/1387/Community-Cleanup

HELP ANIMALS

15. Plano Animal Shelter

The city’s Animal Services Department promotes responsible pet ownership and provides animal health and welfare and human health protection services. This shelter had a waitlist for volunteers as of Nov. 5.

Sample activities: Be an in-shelter greeter, a room or kennel attendant, a dog exerciser or a laundry attendant; provide foster care; help with offsite vaccines and events.

4028 W. Plano Parkway, Plano

972-769-4360

www.plano.gov/194/Animal-Services

16. Second Chance SPCA

The group rescues dogs and cats at risk of euthanasia from municipal shelters and provides them with care until they are adopted into homes.

Sample activities: Socialize dogs and cats; greet guests; walk dogs; feed and bathe animals; clean up after animals.

1700 J Ave., Plano

972-424-0077

www.secondchancespca.org/volunteer

SERVE VETERANS

17. Veterans Center of North Texas

The center serves as a point of contact for veterans and their families to learn about benefits and services available to veterans in North Texas and provides assistance through information, referral and consultation.

Sample activities: Intake veterans and families; help connect veterans and families with resources.

900 E. Park Blvd., Ste.155, Plano

214-600-2966

www.veteranscenterofnorthtexas.org
By Daniel Houston
Daniel Houston covers Plano city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper. A Fort Worth native and Baylor University graduate, Daniel reported previously for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City and The Dallas Morning News.


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