Volunteer for Great Causes at These Plano Charities

A group of volunteers sorting donations at one of the busiest Plano charities.

Volunteering is a great way to help others, have fun, and gain an enriching experience. All in all, plenty of opportunities abound to volunteer for great causes in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area. This summer, check out these Plano charities to help make the world a better place.

Minnie’s Food Pantry 

Dr. Cheryl Jackson opened Minnie’s Food Pantry to honor her late mother, Minnie Hawthorne-Ewing D.D.

Her mission is to provide nutritious food to those in need, and since 2008, Minnie’s Pantry has delivered over six million meals to disadvantaged individuals and their families. Minnie’s is 100% community funded and has been featured on television programs such as Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The food pantry also consistently shows up as a top-rated charity and has earned the GuideStar Platinum rating. Here, volunteers perform a variety of tasks including administrative tasks, shelf stocking, food sorting, and grocery packing.

Second Chance SPCA

The Second Chance SPCA focuses on saving animal lives. Established in 2006, this no-kill shelter rescues at-risk cats and dogs from municipal shelters and provides them with food, shelter, and medical care until they find a home.

This organization brings people of diverse interests together to help reduce the number of adoptable animals euthanized in city shelters. All beginning volunteers start out with tasks such as greeting guests, feeding the animals, cleaning the outdoor kennels, and giving love and attention to the animals.

More experienced volunteers assist with animal training, interacting with potential adopters, and monitoring the animal rooms.


The Plano ReStore gives shoppers bargains on new and gently used items. It receives donations from the public, builders, and retail stores and then sells those items to customers. Last year, the store kept 1.2 million pounds of merchandise out of local landfills. All proceeds benefit the Habitat for Humanity program in Collin County.

New volunteers are always welcome, but everyone must attend an orientation. You can either work alone or in a group. Tasks include repairing faulty merchandise, sorting donations, and preparing items for the selling floor.

All in all, these Plano charities offer plenty of opportunities to give back to your community. So, come join many of your neighbors in these worthwhile pursuits!

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