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Volunteer Opportunities for Kids: Your List of Places Around the Plano Area

Teaching kids about the needs of others is very important.

You can open their eyes to many new experiences while teaching them to be kind and helpful to others.

Teaching about charity and community service is one of the most beneficial things you can do as a parent.

More: Charities, Community and Worship

While they may not easy to find, we’ve compiled a guide to help you find volunteer spots. The good news is that there are several places around the city that offer volunteer opportunities for kids.

More: These are our picks for 10 Plano Non-Profits that you may now know about!

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Where are the best Volunteer Opportunities for Kids?

Take a look at these great places around Plano where you can find great volunteer opportunities for kids. This would be a wonderful thing to do around the holidays with the whole family!

Volunteer Opportunities for Kids in Plano

Emily’s Place

They focus solely on breaking the cycle of domestic violence for women and their kids, giving them hope for the future and a better chance of living a healthy and positive life for the future.

The Storehouse of Collin County

Housed out of St. Andrews Methodist Church, this organization provides food and clothing for those in need. They also provide training, help, and education for women in poverty to help them provide for their families.

Kids must be 13 years or older to volunteer and be with an adult. Adults must be 18 years or older, no longer in school, and complete a background check.

Wee Volunteer

Monthly calendar projects that can get the whole family involved. Some of the projects include Meals on Wheels, Operation Kindness, and the North Texas Food Bank.

These are all tailored for preschool and elementary aged children. Check them out on Facebook!

Senior with a volunteer in Plano TX

Meals on Wheels

Designed for Seniors to alleviate isolation and feed those that are in hunger they offer programs for families to volunteer during School Breaks. 

Feed My Starving Children

They host food packing sessions in the area and allow kids with adults with the following rules: their minimum age is 5 years old and they recommend third grade or older.

They require the following adult to child ratios for school and church groups:

Grades K-2: 1 student to 1 adult
Grades 3-6: 3 students to 1 adult
Grades 7-12: 4 students to 1 adult

The nearest location is: 1680 N. Glenville Dr., Suite 300, Richardson, TX 75081

Heritage Farmstead Museum (Plano)

They offer Saturday Clean Up Days, Special Events and Kitchen Garden are all great volunteer opportunities for kids!

Heritage Farmstead is a great chance for Moms and Kids to enjoy volunteering together and working outside is fun and rewarding for kids.

Hope’s Door

Offers intervention and prevention services to individuals and families affected by family violence. It’s located in Plano but serves all of North Texas area. They love volunteers!

Kids ages 12 and older and must be present with a parent or guardian. All volunteers must complete an application, background check, and attend a 1-hour training.

Minnie’s Food Pantry

A mission to provide healthy meals and resources (with the red carpet treatment!) to families in need. Minnie’s is 100% community funded and loves volunteers.

Moms have told me that they do require volunteers to be 13 years and older. At Thanksgiving they may allow kids as young as 5 so do check with them.

Please check with them before going. Call: 972-596-0253

Live Green in Plano Opportunities

They offer volunteer opportunities focused on sustainability and environmental education year-round. Youth 13+ are welcome to join the Live Green in Plano Volunteer Program for a variety of volunteer opportunities that include helping with the gardens, special event assistance, and more.

Additional one-time opportunities suitable for all ages and families (not requiring an orientation) are also available like litter cleanups to keep Plano beautiful.

Volunteers in Plano TX

Legacy Willow Bend

The Legacy Senior Communities – Family volunteering opportunities for kids are available for activities like BINGO, crafts, companionship for seniors, popcorn parties, short stories, socials, games and more.

Contact Brian Lovelace for more information.

Teen volunteers with Senior in Plano TX

The Community Garden Kitchen (McKinney)

They are opening the first facility in Collin County that will serve meals to those in need on a daily basis. The kitchen runs like any other restaurant, however, the majority of the staff will be volunteers.  

The Dallas Zoo

Saving Wildlife Weekends! The Dallas Zoo is on a mission to restore vital habitats for wildlife and we need your help.

Join them from 8:30 am – 11:30 am for their monthly habitat restoration project and make a difference for wildlife. 

This will take place every third Saturday and Sunday of the month. The meeting location may vary. The events can be anything from creek clean-ups, micro-litter canvasing, tree planting, milkweed and nectar plantings for pollination, etc.

Their goal is to restore animal habitats in our urban landscape. If you are interested, you can contact them!

Dallas Zoo

Host a Used Book Drive (Plano)

The annual Friends of the Library Book Sale happens every summer. Proceeds go to the five Plano Public Library locations and are used for programs and special items. Anyone can host their own used book drive and drop off donations to a Plano Library.

Used children’s books are great as many families shop the annual book sale looking for low-cost ways to keep their shelves full of great books!

If bringing a large donation please call ahead.

Host an Animal Supply Drive (Plano)

The Plano Animal Shelter has a wish list of items needed for the animals. Anyone can host a donation drive and then off items to the shelter.

If bringing a large donation please call ahead.

Tango Tab

Head to Grace Church Plano the first Saturday of every month and you can take part in the local Tango Tab program. Kids must be able to make a peanut butter sandwich and know it’s not meant for them to eat (so old enough to recognize that)

Prior to the Event: Head over to the store and pick up the product. Remember, the more product that is brought… The more meals they’ll make.

Here’s what to bring: They request that each person attending brings some product. You can bring any of the items in any combination, but this is what we recommend…
• Peanut Butter: Bring 2 or 3 jars
• Jelly: It doesn’t matter the flavor; bring the same amount of jelly as you brought peanut butter
• Bread: Try to find a loaf that has 20 slices (not including the ends); Btw we definitely prefer wheat
• 1 bag of Halos, Cuties or tangerines
• 1-2 bags of chips (not the individual bags)
• 100 count of Sandwich Bags (make sure they zip)

PLEASE TRY TO BRING AN EQUAL AMOUNT OF PEANUT BUTTER, JELLY & BREAD. Example: If you bring 4 jars of jelly, bring 4 jars of peanut butter.

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Other Places for Volunteer Opportunities for Kids in Plano and the Dallas area

Plano Animal Shelter

Must be 18 years old, agree to a 3-month commitment, and be able to volunteer at least 8 hours a month.

Children’s Hospital:

Student volunteers are always needed at local children’s hospitals to support staff and help with customer service. Students must be 16 years or older and interested in donating time to help serve others. (Dallas campus only) Includes both summer and school-year sessions.


This is a great website where projects are posted based on where you live. All you do is select your area and choose a project you are interested in helping. You will have to read the requirements (if any) on how to get started and see if kids are allowed.


Bringing good people and good causes together. Search for a cause you care about and find one in your area that is in need!

Feed My Starving Children in Richardson

They have kids volunteer as young as 5 with an adult and is known as a very positive and engaging environment. 

Have you ever volunteered with your kids before? Tell us about it! We’d love to hear your experience!


  • Abbie

    Hi, I’m Abbie, super mom, and busy-bee who moved to Plano from London, England with my husband and 2 kids, Jesse and Lucy, in the Summer of 2013. Plano Moms was my lifeline when I arrived as I didn’t know anyone or anything about my new city that I now called home. When I’m not being a Plano Mom or being a taxi service to my kids, working out, cooking and reading (when I find the time!)

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Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Hi, Our family of five with 17 year old high schooler,13 yo girl and 8 yo boy are relocating to Plano/ Frisco from Huntersville, NC . We would like to get our kids involved in our community . Will you suggest where my 17 yo can volunteer to tutor younger kids and meet other volunteers for friendship?

He’s been tutoring elementary students with math/ reading for a few years. Much appreciated and we can’t wait to get settled in Plano/Frisco in June 2022.


Monday 17th of January 2022

Hi Tiffany, welcome to the area! It's so great that you're planning ahead. A great place to start in my view are either the North Texas Food Bank/Minnie's Food Pantry or any of our Rotary clubs that have opportunities for your teenage kids throughout the year. For tutoring, you may want to contact an agency (or even consider GoPeer, which is a new online service we love!) For your teen kids, check out this post for ideas to help them connect