Submitted by Dana Riley, Volunteer McKinney
By creating a venue that both allows individuals to see the many ways they can make a difference andagencies to promote their needs, Volunteer McKinney has increased the potential for volunteerism, donations, andinvolvement in the community. On February 25th, nonprofits and charities in the McKinney area began posting theirvolunteer and other needs online in hopes of increasing the opportunities for community members to get involved. Theonline system, which is administrated by Volunteer McKinney, is called “Get Connected.”
“We have offered an online agency search engine for several years, but GET CONNECTED goes beyond that,” said Dana Riley, Executive Director, Volunteer McKinney. “Thisprogram offers the very latest in technology and gives the agencies more support in their efforts to serve thiscommunity. We are very excited to bring it to the McKinney area.”
“Connecting those who want to volunteer with the work that needs to be done is one of the most challengingaspects of managing a volunteer program,” said Cindy Johnson, Executive Director of The Heritage Guild of Collin County and Chestnut Square Historic Village. “We’re lucky to have Volunteer McKinney and their outreach to thecommunity to get the word out. Last year volunteers donated over 10,000 hours of work to Chestnut Square and it really shows! We couldn’t do it without our volunteers, many of whom connected with us throughVolunteer McKinney.”
“One of our favorite sayings at Community Lifeline Center,” said Christine Hockin-Boyd, CLC’s executive director, “is, ‘we’re always better together.’ How true it is forcommunity residents to intentionally partner with community agencies whether it be donating in-kind goodsand services, volunteering, or faithfully committing to give a financial donation month-to-month. At CLC we
depend on community support and partnership. We need you. We count on you. Together we can make adifference in someone’s life – Help. Hope. Here.”
Opportunities currently listed online include mentors, event helpers, receptionists, animal care helpers, trailguides, interpreters and many more. Users can go to www.volunteermckinney.org to respond to these needs.