Fall is officially here and that means it’s time for the 16th Annual Make a Difference Day in McKinney. To commemorate this year, we are hosting 17 community projects and will need over 700 volunteers. Project details are at volunteermckinney.galaxydigital.com. Make a Difference Day is Saturday, Oct. 24 and some of the projects have already filled up. To sign up, volunteers can log on and register for the project that appeals most.
Event sponsors this year are the City of McKinney, Baylor of McKinney, McKinney Community Development Corp., First United Bank, Independent Bank and The Body Shop. Our In-kind sponsors are Market Street, TomK Photography, The Print Lab and Professional Concepts, Inc.
Local restaurants are hosting our very popular After-Parties where volunteers who participated in a project will receive amazing discounts and celebrate with other volunteers! The host restaurants are Brothers Pizza (Eldorado), Raising Canes (University at 75), Italian Garden (Custer), Nom Nom’s Mexican Grill and Chill (Virginia) and The One and Only Burgers and Fries (U.S. Hwy. 5 and University)
Make a Difference Day Projects 2015
Allen Community Outreach Project – Processing & Distribution
Volunteers needed to help sort clothing and shoes in the warehouse in McKinney.
Chestnut Historic Square Village – Beautifying Front Lawns
Our lawns in front of our 1920 Bungalow and the lawns in front and around our 1870 buildings are in need of some attention and preparation for the winter months ahead.
City of McKinney Environmental Education – Trinity Trash Bash
McKinney residents are invited to participate in the Trinity Trash Bash. This event is the twin cousin to the Texas Trash-Off but held in the fall. This regional event encourages residents and businesses to join forces and clean up our roadsides, waterways, neighborhoods and parks to protect the Trinity River watershed.
City of McKinney Storm-Water Management – Keep Our Water Clean Project
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.
Citychurch Youth Outreach Ministry – Engage and Elevate 2015
This is a community carnival that is free to the public, and includes food, games, and other activities. Volunteers will be serving food, operating the games, engaging the families from the community, and various other tasks as needed. This is a family friendly event.
Collin County Medical Reserve Corps – Community Free Flu Vaccine Clinic
Join our professional MRC volunteers as we offer a free flu clinic to the public. We will need help setting up, organizing, translating Spanish/English, checking people in and then cleaning up afterwards.
Community Food Pantry
We will be sorting and shelving canned goods that have been collected by McKinney Elementary school children and donated to the Community Food Pantry.
Community Lifeline Center – Clean Up and Craft Up
We need willing volunteers to help us with painting of some interior doors, cleaning, organizing and crafting some gifts for our devoted volunteers.
Embrace Texas – Embrace Office Make Over
We need some assistance with small "home repair" projects such as painting, molding repair, office organizing and clean-up.
ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship – Painting Team
We need 10 loafing sheds re-painted in our pastures. You can make them fresh for our wonderful therapy horses.
McKinney Community Garden Association – Building Raised Garden Beds
We are transitioning from mound gardening to raised beds at our Community Garden and we need help building 20-30 raised beds to be used by the public and the children of Holy Family School.
Meals on Wheels of Collin County – Welcome Box Project
Join us as we assemble Welcome Boxes for our new clients. You can also write a note of support that will be given to them.
North Collin County Habitat for Humanity – Neighborhood Revitalization
Volunteers will be cleaning up the yard: tree trimming, bush trimming, pulling weeds, etc. Some volunteers will be staining the wheel chair ramp. While other volunteers will be digging holes and setting fence posts.
SPCA of Texas – Barn & Pasture Clean Up
We need group volunteer help to: Scoop pastures and paddock, clean/organize barn; clean crates/kennels in wash bay and organize storage containers.
Teens for the Cure of Susan G. Komen North Texas – Breast Cancer Survivor Blanket Project
We will gather together to make "no sew" fleece blankets for breast cancer survivors. Please bring your own fabric, scissors, and ruler. See list of supplies. The blankets offer warmth to the cancer survivors and remind them that someone cares! This is a fun, family friendly project!
The Samaritan Inn – Whistle While You Work Project
We need general help around the shelter that may include sorting food, cleaning, washing windows and light landscaping.
The Turning Point Rape Crisis Center – Clothing Care Packages
Join us at LDS Church and help us assemble clothing care packages for victims of sexual assault. In addition, we will assemble information packets that will be distributed to local hospitals and first-responders.
“Make a Difference Day has become a tradition for McKinney citizens. We are so proud to be able to organize this event every year and consider it our honor to support local nonprofits by introducing them to new volunteers,” said Dana Riley, Volunteer McKinney Executive Director. “We could not do it without our terrific sponsors who understand that volunteerism is a vital part of this community.”
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 Spirit of McKinney Volunteer Awards, Collin County Giving Day, the Summit on Youth and the National Make a Difference Day. Our mission: Connect people to their passion through volunteerism and strengthen McKinney area nonprofits through training and collaboration. For more information, visit VolunteerMcKinney.org.