By the end of the day on Saturday, Oct. 26, 22 volunteer projects had been completed that benefitted 25 local agencies. Over 500 volunteers that included families, corporate groups, boy and girl scout troops, church groups and individuals spread out across McKinney to Make A Difference.

Here is what was accomplished:

  • Over 1,500 mourning badge covers were sewn for the McKinney Police and Fire Departments and the Collin County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Items were sorted and organized for the SPCA, Embrace Texas, ManeGait and the Children and Community Health Center.
  • Painting and spruce ups were done for the North Collin County Habitat for Humanity, Chestnut Square and CASA of Collin County.
  • Over 500 cards and letters were handmade for Komen Teens for the Cure and Operation Appreciation.
  • The shelves of the Community Food Pantry were filled with donations collected by the McKinney ISD Council of PTAs.
  • Volunteer Gift Bags were assembled for Community Lifeline and Meals on Wheels.
  • Trash was picked up along area creeks, drains were marked and information handed out for the City of McKinney’s Storm Water Management program.
  • Truckloads of old drugs were collected and a large amount of paper was recycled for the City of McKinney’s Environmental Education program.
  • Volunteers helped load and set up the fall carnival for Especially Needed.
  • The residents of the McKinney Housing Authority stuffed 400 gift bags that were given out to the Make a Difference Day volunteers.
  • Over 120 volunteers assisted with the Commemorative Air Force’s event on Oct. 3-6.


Event sponsors this year were 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 were Market Street, Step Up Realty, Fred Shots Photography, the Payton Group and Baylor McKinney. A video of the event will be posted on very soon.

Volunteer McKinney
Volunteer McKinney

After parties were hosted by Brothers Pizza, Raising Canes and Italian Garden, where volunteers were given half off their meals in appreciation for their day of giving.

“The restaurants really went out of their way to celebrate our volunteers!” said Dana Riley, Executive Director of Volunteer McKinney. “This year was just another example of the giving spirit that is alive and well in McKinney. We had some wonderful volunteers who got the job done.”

“Make a Difference Day 2013 was a huge success! Our team of hard-working volunteers helped pack and sort clothing for local foster families. The work they were able to accomplish in just three hours will impact more than 30 families in the McKinney area. We love our Volunteer McKinney volunteers!” – Lindsey Waddell, Development Director, Embrace Texas.


About Volunteer McKinney

Since 1998, Volunteer McKinney has connected volunteers to local nonprofit organizations and has provided assistance to organizations. Volunteer McKinney has also served the community through events such as the National "Make a Difference Day" and Community Volunteer Recognition Events. Connecting people to their passion through volunteerism and strengthening McKinney area nonprofits through training and collaboration. Visit