Thursday , 17 August 2017

Volunteer McKinney: Make A Difference Day Sets Records

Submitted by Volunteer McKinney

A record number of volunteers turned out this year for the 14th annual Make A Difference Day. More than 500 volunteers participated in projects located across the city. Projects included an extreme agency makeover for Community Lifeline Center by the Leadership McKinney class No. 25 where they completely furnished their new offices and installed a peaceful garden outside their new location. The SPCA of Texas’ McKinney location received a newly landscaped play yard for their dogs. Embrace was assisted with sorting items that will be given to children who are aging out of the foster care system.

Especially Needed hosted a Fall Carnival for Special Needs Families and was assisted by volunteers who set up, operated booths and cleaned up after the event. Children and Community Health Clinic hosted volunteers who cleaned and re-organized all their medical supplies and equipment. A home rehabilitation was completed by volunteers for NCC Habitat for Humanity. Susan G. Komen’s Teens for the Cure were assisted in making over 50 blankets and gifts for women undergoing breast cancer treatment. Volunteers turned out to help Mothers Against Drunk Driving distribute information about victim’s services. Volunteer repainted the Visitor’s Center at Chestnut Square Historical Village.

CCART welcomed a team of volunteers who cleaned their entire fleet of vans that are used by local seniors, people with disabilities and those without transportation. Mane Gait utilized volunteers from Baylor McKinney and many others to help them set up for their big event called “Gaitapalooza”. The Mayor’s Initiative called “Together We Serve” which is a partnership between the city of McKinney, 3E McKinney, NCC Habitat and Volunteer McKinney was assisted by over 700 local volunteers throughout the month of October culminating on October 27th. The McKinney Housing Authority hosted volunteers who assembled goodie bags for all the volunteers at all locations and the children that live in the MHA Homes handmade thank-you cards that were attached to each bag.

A food drive was held with 13 McKinney ISD elementary schools participating. For TSB’s coverage of this event please click here. The drive benefitted the Community Food Pantry and over 7,000 cans were collected. Local volunteers were on hand to unload and sort the food as it came in on Saturday at the Food Pantry.

Volunteers received an event t-shirt and the appreciation of all the local nonprofits.

Local event sponsors this year were: City of McKinney, McKinney Community Development Corporation, Bank of Texas, Live Outward and Pediatric Dentistry of Princeton.

Our In-kind sponsors were: Market Street, Baylor McKinney, Brothers Pizza, Printing Galaxy, Pinnacle Eye Associates and The Payton Group.

“Seeing all these volunteers happily giving of their time and energy reminds me that this community is not only one of the best places to live, but it is also a community of people who place others before themselves and who support the work of local nonprofits by rolling up their sleeves and helping.” Dana Riley, Executive Director, Volunteer McKinney.

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