24 ways to volunteer in McKinney

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Help better the community in a variety of ways by volunteering at one of these local nonprofits. Options range from helping families in need to caring for animals and planning events.

Requirements to volunteer vary by agency. Contact the nonprofit for more information. This list is not comprehensive.

Animals and environment

1. Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney Foundation

This foundation helps preserve and beautify McKinney using crape myrtles. The organization holds community fundraisers, donates trees and provides school grants.
6401 S. Custer Road, Ste. 2000, McKinney
972-342-1413 | https://crapemyrtletrails.org

2. SPCA of Texas

Founded in 1938, SPCA of Texas operates two shelters, three spay and neuter clinics, two mobile spay and neuter vehicles, one mobile adoption vehicle and an animal rescue center. The nonprofit is a resource center for a variety of services that bring animals and people together.
8411 Stacy Road, McKinney
214-742-7722 | www.spca.org/volunteer

3. Texas Little Cuties

The all-volunteer animal rescue takes in pets at risk of being euthanized because shelters are at full capacity. These pets are taken to PetSmart Saturday and Sunday to find their forever homes.
PetSmart, 8676 SH 121, McKinney
817-705-5081 | www.texaslittlecuties.org

Community support

4. Community Garden Kitchen of Collin County

Volunteers prepare and serve meals to those in need in a safe and welcoming environment.
P.O. Box 1881, McKinney
972-345-2171 | www.communitygardenkitchen.org

5. 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.
120 S. Central Expressway, Ste. 102, McKinney
972-547-0606 | www.chc-mckinney.com

6. GraceToChange

GraceToChange is an intensive outpatient treatment center that treats adults and adolescents with substance abuse problems.
1216 N. Central Expressway, Ste. 104, McKinney
972-542-2900 | www.gracetochange.org

7. Habitat for Humanity of Collin County

The organization strives to eliminate substandard housing by advocating for fair housing policies and helping families find shelter.
2060 Couch Drive, McKinney
972-542-5300 | www.habitatcollincounty.org

8. Hope Women’s Center

This center provides medical and educational services to women experiencing unplanned pregnancies.
2740 Virginia Parkway, Ste. 200, McKinney
972-562-4673 | www.myhope.org

9. Hunters Autism Specials

The organization provides unique opportunities and events for families with autism and special needs.
P.O. Box 6506, McKinney
469-834-8952 | www.huntersautismspecials.org

10. Love Life Foundation

This nonprofit identifies and supports agencies that bring relief and comfort to at-risk women and children.
290 Adriatica Parkway, McKinney
469-450-1242 | www.lovelifefoundation.com

11. ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship

This group helps people with disabilities and veterans through the use of horsemanship and equine therapy.
3160 N. Custer Road, McKinney
469-742-9611 | www.manegait.org

12. McKinney Little Free Pantry

McKinney Little Free Pantry provides food to anyone who is hungry. Volunteers can pick up or drop off supplies and nonperishable food at Cookies & Bloom. These items are then taken to one of seven food pantries.
Various locations
www.facebook.com/mckinneylfp

13. Streetside Showers

Streetside Showers provides free portable showers to those in need in McKinney, Denton, Irving and Plano. Streetside accepts volunteers and donations, including socks, underwear and travel-sized hygiene items.
Gant Insurance Agency,
2411 Virginia Parkway, Ste. 5, McKinney
214-842-3132 | www.streetsideshowers.com

14. Stronger than Espresso

This nonprofit educates and helps survivors of domestic violence and gender-based violence.
P.O. Box 6452, McKinney
469-307-8488 | www.strongerthanespresso.com

15. Volunteer McKinney

Volunteer McKinney helps citizens find local volunteer opportunities. The nonprofit works with more than 170 agencies in Collin County with more than 200 volunteer needs.
400 W. Virginia St., Ste. 100, McKinney
972-542-0679 | www.volunteermckinney.org

Education/helping children

16. The 25 Project

The 25 Project leads teams on mission trips to the Dominican Republic, Sierra Leone and South Asia. It also serves the North Texas community. Volunteers provide food, clothes and faith to children in need.
419 W. Louisiana St., McKinney
972-521-7325 | www.25project.org

17. Blue Caboose Children’s Fund

Volunteers visit children diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and provide them with supplies to make their hospital stays more comfortable.
Address not available
228-341-0403 | www.bluecaboose4cf.org

18. CASA of Collin County

Court Appointed Special Advocates work with Collin County children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect, and act on behalf of children in court to place them into a permanent home.
101 E. Davis St., McKinney
972-529-2272 | www.casaofcollincounty.org

19. Collin County Historical Society & Museum

The museum displays Collin County’s artifacts and pictures and holds exhibit tours, lectures, books signings and summer educational programs for underprivileged children.
300 E. Virginia St., McKinney
972-542-9457 | www.collincountyhistorymuseum.org

20. Education Unbound

This nonprofit works with underprivileged students and underserved communities by providing educational programs with an emphasis in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
Address not available
972-897-1970 | www.educationunbound.org

21. Especially Needed

Volunteers help people with specials needs by providing resources for families. The organization also hosts events, including a carnival, Christmas party and the world’s biggest Easter egg hunt in McKinney.
Address not available
214-499-3439 | www.especiallyneeded.org

22. Holy Family School

The Christian-based nonprofit provides care and three meals a day for children up to 5 years old.
500 N. Throckmorton St., McKinney
972-562-5476 | www.hfsmckinney.org

Other

23. Heard-Craig Center for the Arts

The nonprofit provides education about the arts through events and workshops and also donates free meeting space to organizations.
205 W. Hunt St., McKinney
972-569-6909 | www.heardcraig.org

24. Relationship Experts

Relationship Experts offers workshops, courses, resources and coaching to build strong relationships.
P.O. Box 6514, McKinney
877-415-4004 | www.relationship-experts.org

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Emily Davis
Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August. Three fun facts about Emily: 1.) She is a lover of mystery novels, movies, TV shows and podcasts. 2.) She has an 11-year-old, 3-pound Pomeranian. 3.) She loves lacrosse, and was captain and then coach of her high school team.
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