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If you’re looking for a single-day volunteer opportunity to improve your community, the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative may be for you! This program, led by North Collin County Habitat for Humanity (NCC-Habitat), is a collaborative effort to improve the McKinney PRIDE neighborhood along the eastern border of the city, encumbered with abandoned and poorly-maintained properties.

The partnership includes the City of McKinney through the Cities of Service project, 3e McKinney, Volunteer McKinney and NCC-Habitat. Others participating are led by Christ Fellowship Church and include: IESI/Progressive Waste Solutions, First Baptist Church of McKinney, Texas Baptist Men Chain Saw Team, Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, Good Hope Church, Shiloh Church of God in Christ and Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Volunteer duties include trimming shrubbery and trees, lot clean-up, mowing, exterior scraping and painting, carpentry and other tasks. The initiative is currently in the Rockwall area of the PRIDE neighborhood. More than 800 volunteers worked in the LaLoma area in October and November last year. The project will continue to improve all five PRIDE areas.

Of the McKinney population, 5.8 percent, or 7,527 individuals, are elderly and have low or fixed incomes and reside in the targeted neighborhoods. Another 6 percent of the population, or 7,798 individuals, have one or more types of disabilities and also have low or fixed incomes and reside in PRIDE areas.

PRIDE residents who are able are encouraged to join the volunteers in improving their own and their neighbors’ homes in an effort to instill community pride.

Work is done on Saturdays and volunteers may sign up for a single day or more.  To volunteer, please contact Dawn Serr, Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteer@ncc-habitat.com and visit the website, ncc-habitat.com, for more information.