Hey everyone! It’s been quiet around here because I’ve been soaking up every minute I can with my kids before they head back to school. Things will be back to normal on Get McKinney in about a week. I appreciate your understanding!
MISD starts back up on August 25, and I know everyone is busy buying school supplies, taking care of things like haircuts and dental appointments, and just getting those last few days in at the pool. But most everyone is looking forward to getting summer’s missing ingredient back – routine.
As you plan your fall routine, why not add some volunteer time into the mix? McKinney is a fantastic city, but it’s not perfect and there are needs here. If you have a high school student, they may be looking for green cord hours, so volunteering as a family would be a great thing.
Here are a handful of volunteer opportunities around town. I obviously can’t list them all, so please share your favorites in the comments or on the Get McKinney Facebook page.
Community Lifeline Center
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
― Charles Dickens
McKinney is the 2nd best place to live in the U.S. according to Money Magazine. And for most of us that means we have steady employment and our basic needs are met. But if you pay attention to the news at all, you know that many people are one crisis away from disaster. The Community Lifeline Center exists to help Collin County residents who are facing short term crises “navigate their way back to self-sufficiency.” This might mean help with medical needs, career counseling, budget counseling, or help with rent and utilities.
There are lots of ways to use your talents at the Community Lifeline Center. Volunteer and help a local family in need.
We are a comprehensive homeless program that helps willing people gain dignity and independence.
McKinney is home to Collin County’s primary homeless shelter, and it is a source of pride for our city. The Samaritan Inn serves hundreds of families each year and provides daily needs including meals and basic toiletries. In addition, comprehensive assistance offers the families the best chance of maintaining independence when they “graduate” from the Samaritan Inn. In addition to the Inn, the Gateway Apartments offers a transitional living arrangement for families who are ready to leave the shelter, but for whom the leap to complete independence might be too large.
There are many volunteer needs at The Samaritan Inn, from maintenance to childcare to working at INN Style, the retail store that benefits the Inn. New volunteers attend one of several monthly information sessions to determine the best way they can use their skills to help.
McKinney Public Library
So many books, so little time.
― Frank Zappa
Do you love a good book? I know I do, and trip to one of the McKinney Public Libraries is always a treat for me. Well, you can combine your love of reading with your desire to help the community and volunteer at the library. Adopt-a-shelf to keep in proper order, help with ESL classes, or simply help set up tables and chairs for various programs at the libraries. Whatever your interest or ability level, there is probably something you can do to help!
Collin County Adult Literacy Center
A rise in of 1% in literacy scores leads to a 2.5% rise in labor productivity and a 1.5% rise in GDP (The Economist, August 28, 2004).
If there is one way to help an individual and help the community at the same time, helping an adult who is unable to read is the way to do it. With 11% of adults in Collin County unable to read, that offers a lot of room for improvement in our community. There are needs for literacy tutors, childcare providers, grant writers, web technicians and more. If you feel strongly about the importance of literacy for individuals and for a community, this is the place for you to get involved.
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
I haven’t even begun to mention all the great opportunities for contributing to the needs in our community. If you want to learn more about what you can do to get involved, check out Volunteer McKinney, a center for residents to find out about the needs of local nonprofits and community groups. There is definitely something there that will ignite your passion to help and allow you to use your gifts and talents.
Do you know of any particular needs in McKinney right now? Please share in the comments or over on the Facebook page. Thanks!
Photo credit: Ryan McGuire.