Volunteer McKinney and 15 partner agencies are gearing up for the biggest day of volunteering in the history of the event. Over 400 volunteers have signed up via our website to help out on Saturday and there are only a few slots still available. All volunteers must pre-register. No walk-ups will be accepted. Project managers from the Dallas Chapter of the Project Management Institute are assisting some agencies in coordinating their projects. All registered volunteers receive an event t-shirt and a goodie bag stuffed by the residents of the McKinney Housing Authority and the employees of Stat Labs in McKinney.

Event sponsors this year are the City of McKinney, McKinney Community Development Corporation, Bank of Texas, Primrose School of Eldorado, Primrose School of Stone Brooke and Independent Bank. Our In-kind sponsors are Market Street, Step Up Realty, FredShots Photography and Baylor McKinney.

This year, local restaurants are hosting “After-Parties” for all participating volunteers. The host restaurants are Brothers Pizza on Eldorado, Raising Canes on University and Italian Garden on Custer.

CASA of Collin County, Inc. – 101 E. Davis, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers will give the CASA property a fall “make over,” including landscaping and clean up, interior organization and cleaning, and oiling the wood paneling around the office to help maintain a clean and professional feel for our clients.

City of McKinney – Reuben Johnson Elementary, 3400 Ash Lane, 9 a.m. to Noon

Project #1 – The Storm Water Inlet Marking (SWIM) project is an environmental public education program sponsored by the City of McKinney. The project’s goal is to raise awareness of storm water issues and encourage residents to protect water resources. Every storm water inlet in McKinney must be marked to deter residents from dumping trash and chemicals into the waterways. Volunteer teams will install aluminum storm markers at designated storm inlets and distribute door hangers with information about the inlet marking with steps to keep inlets clean.

Project #2 – We need your help to Keep Our Community Clean! Did you know that:

  • Over 230 million tons of garbage are produced annually in the United States – that equals 4.5 pounds per person per day.
  • Clean, trash-free neighborhoods are safer for children to play in.
  • Clean communities promote a positive community identity and can result in increased economic development.

The City of McKinney Storm water Management Program invites you to help to create cleaner, safer, healthier, and more economically viable places to live, work, and play. The Keep Our Community Cleanup event provides an opportunity for McKinney residents to clean up the city by collecting litter, along our roadsides, neighborhoods, parks and waterways.


Embrace Texas – Cubesmart, 812 N. McDonald, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Embrace PALs program helps foster parents focus on the children when they arrive in the foster home by providing car seats, baby equipment, and a week’s worth of clothing/diapers to each family upon their request. On Make A Difference Day we will be sorting clothing by size/gender, packaging diapers, and organizing our storage unit that houses all of our PALs materials and supplies.

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Chestnut Square Historic Village – 315 S. Chestnut, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To preserve the history at Chestnut Square, volunteers will be giving a make-over to the Carriage House building through general maintenance and exterior painting on Make A Difference Day.

Community Lifeline Center – 1601 N. Waddill, Suite 102, 9 a.m. to Noon

In appreciation for our hard-working, dedicated staff members and volunteers, we will be stuffing appreciation ‘goody bags’ to thank them for all they do for our clients and the community.

Children and Community Health Center – 120 S. Central Expy., Suite 102, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In order to help make the clinic look bright, clean, and cheery for our clients, volunteers will be painting, cleaning out closets, packaging items for patients, installing towel & soap dispensers, hanging pictures and general cleanup.

Badge Covers for 1st Responders – LDS Church, 2801 Eldorado, 9 a.m. to Noon

When a policeman or firefighter is killed in the line of duty, officers traditionally cover their badges with a black elastic cover out of respect. For this project, community members will cut and sew memorial badge covers for McKinney Police and Fire Fighters and officers from the Collin County Sheriff’s Office.

SPCA of Texas – 8411 Stacy, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Volunteers will help clean four large sea containers and sort/organize the contents on Make A Difference Day.

Teens for the Cure of Komen North Texas – LDS Church, 1020 N. Lake Forest, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Teens for the Cure will be organizing volunteers to create greeting cards for breast cancer survivors. As survivors are recovering from various procedures, these cards can brighten their day and bring hope.

North Collin County Habitat for Humanity – 1211 E. Virginia, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers will work on two homes in low-income neighborhoods in McKinney. We will be doing siding and trim repair as well as exterior painting and replacing two windows. Habitat’s work helps our McKinney neighbors make a house a home and improve the quality of underprivileged neighborhoods.

Meals on Wheels and Senior Services in Collin County – 600 N. Tennessee, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In appreciation to our regular volunteers and their continued service to our clients, we will be assembling “thank you” goody bags on Make A Difference Day to distribute to our volunteers.


City of McKinney Environmental Services – 1550 S. College, Bldg D, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Drug Take-Back event provides participants with an opportunity to safely dispose of all accumulated expired, unwanted and unused prescription drugs. Volunteers will assist in collecting medications that are dropped off by participants and disposing of them in an appropriate manner.

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Community Food Pantry – 307 Smith St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The canned fruit from school food drives will be delivered to the Food Pantry on Make A Difference Day, and volunteers will organize and sort the food at the Pantry.

Manegait – 3160 N. Custer, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 3

Volunteers will be completing various clean-up projects around the property in preparation for our annual Gaitapalooza event. This includes clearing riding paths, organizing the office and barn areas, etc.

Especially Needed – Advantage Storage, 6775 Henneman Way, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. then at the Ballfields of Craig Ranch

Volunteers will help set up for the annual Fall Carnival benefiting children with special needs. Loading and unloading the trailer as well as booth and carnival game set-up will be completed on Make A Difference Day.

Letters from Home – Primrose School of Eldorado, 3999 Eldorado, 9 a.m. to Noon

Convention and Visitors Center – 200 W. Virginia, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

To show support for our active duty military, volunteers will write letters of encouragement and thanks on Make A Difference Day. Those letters will be delivered to active duty military after the event.


Volunteer McKinney has been committed to volunteerism in the McKinney area since 1998. This past year, we have focused on being an integral part of this community and through our website, we have connected to over 80 local nonprofits and reach out to over 5,000 people every month.

“Make A Difference Day” is a national event sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation, the Hands On Network and USA Weekend. McKinney has participated for the past 14 years. Over the years, this event has offered volunteers a chance to “Make a Difference” by serving for just one day. Many of them return to local nonprofits and commit to regular service, giving this community more “Volunteer Power” to change the lives of those in need.

“Our projects are near capacity this year and that is a testament to the spirit of giving that is alive and well in McKinney. This event embodies that spirit and we are humbled to be able to bring it to this community for the past 14 years.” said Dana Riley, Volunteer McKinney Executive Director.

Volunteer McKinney: Connecting people to their passion through volunteerism and strengthening McKinney area nonprofits through training and collaboration. Visit VolunteerMcKinney.org.