Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of community service, is coming to McKinney on Saturday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. While millions of volunteers around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others, a variety of projects are in need of volunteers right here in McKinney.
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Below is a complete description of volunteer opportunities.
Make a Difference Day Projects 2013 (Detailed)
CASA of Collin County, Inc-101 E. Davis, 9am to 2pm
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, 9am 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. Homeowners associations, church groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, families and individuals are encouraged to join the fun. Students also can earn community service hours. The Storm Water Management department has identified 3 locations in the city near Reuben Johnson Elementary to clean up. Gloves and trash bags will be supplied to all community volunteers.
Embrace Texas-Cubesmart,812 N. McDonald, 9am to 1pm
Children are removed from unsafe situations in Collin County and placed in foster care 24 hours a day. 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.
Chestnut Square Historic Village-315 S. Chestnut, 9am to 2pm
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. Waddil, Suite 102, 9am 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 South Central, Suite 102, 9am to 1pm
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, 9am 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 Road, 9am to 12:30 pm
Volunteers will help clean 4 large sea containers and sort/organize the contents on Make a Difference Day.
McKinney ISD Council of PTA-Conducted at all participating schools the week of October 21-25
We will conduct a food drive at all elementary and middle schools in support of the McKinney Food Pantry. The food drive is a competitive, week-long event where schools collect canned fruit to benefit local families in need. The food will be donated and sorted on Make a Difference Day by volunteers.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving-LDS Church, 1020 N. Lake Forest Drive, 9am to 1pm
Texas is the leading state in drunk driving fatalities, so on Make a Difference Day volunteers will be creating handmade cards to send the families of victims. These cards are a small but meaningful way to reach out to those affected by drunk driving.
Teens for the Cure of Komen North Texas- LDS Church, 1020 N. Lake Forest Drive, 9am to 1pm
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 East Virginia, 8am to 1pm
Volunteers will work on 2 homes in low-income neighborhoods in McKinney. We will be doing siding and trim repair as well as exterior painting and replacing 2 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, 9am to 1pm
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, 9am to 1pm
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.
Community Food Pantry, 307 Smith St., 9am to 1pm
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.
McKinney Housing Authority,October 17, 10am to Noon
In appreciation of our volunteers for Make a Difference Day, the residents of the McKinney Housing Authority will be assembling goody bags to deliver to volunteers on October 26th.
Manegait-3160 N. Custer, 9am to 1pm
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.
Commemorative Air Force-Completed Oct. 3-6
Volunteers will support check-in and general volunteer management for the Commemorative Air Force event the 1st weekend in October.
Especially Needed-Advantage Storage, 6775 Henneman Way, 9am to 11am
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-Convention and Visitors Center, 200 W. Virginia, 1pm to 5pm
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.