Allen Community Outreach

Allen Community Outreach (ACO) is a non-profit, social services organization created to help individuals and families in Allen, Fairview, and Lucas. ACO provides vital information, referrals and emergency assistance; operates a Resale Shop; coordinates the local Meals On Wheels program and much more.

Volunteer Opportunities: Food Pantry, Resale Shop, Holiday Food Drive, Holiday Adoption Program, Back to School Supplies, and Special Events. All volunteers must complete a volunteer form at ACO Volunteer.

Allen Food Pantry

This community ministry seeks to provide food for individuals and families who are in need within the Allen community. The Allen Food Pantry is housed at St. Jude Catholic Church, 1515 North Greenville Avenue in Allen. 

Volunteer Opportunities: Filling orders for clients, dating and stocking food donations, buying food for the pantry, organizing a food drive and picking up food donations from local restaurants and grocery stores and delivering them to the pantry. Go to Volunteers Opportunities for details.


Allen Young Life

Young Life is a Christian outreach program for teenagers. Allen Young Life is not affiliated with a specific denomination, but they seek to work alongside churches to reach the lost.  They share the love of Jesus with teenagers through friendships and the sharing of unconditional love.

Volunteer Opportunities:  provide a meal or craft for YoungLives (YLVS) club for pregnant and teen moms; childcare help at YLVS club; take care of babies while girls are at club. Contact Chris Trevathan, Allen Area Director, at for more information.


Boys & Girls Club of Collin County

Boys & Girls Club of Collin County (BGCCC) is on the front lines seeking to reach at-risk children and youth in Collin County by encouraging them to experience positive alternatives in life through educational activities and life transforming programs.  Clubs are  located in Frisco, McKinney and Plano.

Volunteer Opportunities:  Help chaperone special functions, be a mentor to a child, provide volunteer services in the BGCCC offices and more. Contact Emily Guinn at or 214- 544-8924 or Zane King at or 214- 544-8924 for more information.


Christian Care Centers

Christian Care Centers, Inc. (CCC), a ministry of churches of Christ, is committed to providing housing and health care services for senior adults and others with special needs in a loving and compassionate environment which encourages relationships, independence and dignity through spiritual, physical, social, and recreational programs. CCC is located in Mesquite and is always looking for individuals or groups to spend time with the residents who live on campus.

In July 2013 Greenville Oaks announced its commitment to dedicate land on the east end of its property for Christian Care Centers to build a small satellite senior living facility. For background and details on this exciting ministry partnership, click here.

Volunteer Opportunities:  Women’s Auxiliary Council, church services, birthday/holiday parties, Festival of Trees Gala, fundraising, devotionals, sewing, gardening, crafts, Home Health / Hospice visits, Fitness. Contact Dan Borkenhagen at or 972-686-2402 for more information.


City Church McKinney

City Church is an all-volunteer group that exists to serve others. City Church believes that satisfying a person's physical needs (ie. clothing, food, etc.) is often the best way to connect with them.

Volunteer Opportunities: Contact Carol Wood at


Family Promise of Collin County

The mission of Family Promise of Collin County is to provide food, shelter and support services to Collin County families with children as they regain sustainable independence. The Family Promise Network provides a way for religious congregations to work together to help homeless families by meeting their important basic needs. For more information, contact or call 972-442-6966.


Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity (HFH) is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization that is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. This ministry was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent place to live in dignity and safety.  HFH has both a Collin County north branch  in McKinney and a south branch in Plano.

Volunteer Opportunities: Donate funds towards the cost of materials, serve on a building project construction team and help build a Habitat home. Contact Celeste Cox at or 972- 542-5300 for McKinney or call the Plano office at 972-398-0634.


Live Love Allen

In 2014, the City of Allen will start Live Love Allen, a program that will provide opportunities and events for individuals and groups to help others by showing compassion and kindness. This will strengthen the Allen community and build bridges between demographic, socioeconomic, ideological, religious and geographic groups. 

Volunteer Opportunities: Repairing homes, neighborhood clean-up projects and city revitalization programs.  These projects can be done individually or in conjunction with a city-wide effort. Contact Rebecca Vice, Assistant to the City Manager, at or 214-509-4109.


Love Where You Live

The city of Plano coordinates Love Where You Live events that empower communities by demonstrating that acts of kindness bring people together and thus strengthen the community. It provides a vehicle for people to demonstrate compassion and kindness on a broad and collective basis. The effort builds bridges between demographic, socioeconomic, ideological, religious and geographic barriers resulting in community transformation. 

Volunteer Opportunities: Repairing homes, neighborhood clean-up projects and city revitalization programs.  These volunteer opportunities can be done in conjunction with a city-wide effort or as a smaller individual outreach effort. Contact Phyllis Jarrell, Director of Planning, at or 972-941-7151.


Lil’ Lambs Consignment Sale

Lil' Lambs, a non-profit organization, conducts a biannual community consignment sale that features gently used children's, pre-teen, and maternity items. All items are individually inspected to insure they meet the highest standards for cleanliness, repair, and condition. Profits from the sales are donated to Collin County charities. For more information and sale dates, go to

Volunteer Organization: Help with setting up, pricing and testing of all sale items. Email


The Samaritan Inn

Located in McKinney, The Samaritan Inn is a comprehensive homeless program that helps willing people gain dignity and independence. The Samaritan Inn provides, at no cost, a secure and clean place for individuals and families to live. Within this nurturing environment, experienced caseworkers assess each resident and his/her needs to develop an individual program plan with a goal of independence. Email or call 972-569-9988 for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities: Help coordinate off-site collection programs, assist with administrative tasks and projects, childcare worker, sort and organize items at INN Style Resale Store, sponsor family activities during the week, help with special events and fundraisers, assist in the Computer Lab, and facilities maintenance. Read more about volunteering at Samaritan Inn Volunteer. Contact Jill Rix, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, at or 972- 632-1290, ext. 228.


Shiloh Place

Shiloh Place provides a single mother and her children subsidized housing, individual case management with high accountability, vocational and life skills training, and basic needs assistance in a caring Christian environment. They truly offer one-of-a-kind support for displaced single mothers. Shiloh Place McKinney relies heavily on volunteer and community support, as well as business and church partnerships

Volunteer Opportunities: Donations, tutoring, mentoring, yard work, etc. For more information, contact Eppy Thern at or 469-534-9407.


The Second Story

The Second Story is an effort by local churches to tell the stories of children waiting to be adopted and the families who adopt them. We believe children without families is an injustice in any community and work to reverse the trend of waiting children in the spirit of Psalm 68:5-6. For more information, contact Cara VonTress at


 If you have any questions about any of our Community Partners, please contact Galon Jones at or 972-727-2359.