Watch the 20 year history of Volunteer McKinney 



In 1998, several forward-thinking community leaders wanted to establish a volunteer center that would assist citizens in finding local volunteer opportunities and serve as support to local nonprofits and community groups that utilize the power of volunteerism. These leaders saw a willing volunteer base without a central place to find opportunities and an amazing group of service organizations that were in dire need of volunteers. To fill this gap, they formed Volunteer McKinney. Since 1998, Volunteer McKinney has connected volunteers to local nonprofit organizations and has provided assistance to organization. Volunteer McKinney has also served this community through community-wide events such as the National "Make a Difference Day", the Summit on Youth and Community Volunteer Recognition Events.

Volunteer McKinney knows that there is still work to do, and we are committed to help McKinney remain one of the greatest places to live and raise a family. We are moving into a new era at Volunteer McKinney and hope you will join us as we support this community and reach out to others through service in new and exciting ways!


Volunteer McKinney operates with two paid staff members and countless volunteers, including our Board of Directors, who are committed to assisting volunteers in connecting with their passion and making local nonprofits the best they can be. 

The Executive Director of Volunteer McKinney is Dana Riley. She brings over 25 years of experience working with local, county, state and federal governments, local and national non-profits and Fortune 500 companies. Her ability to communicate with all kinds of people through her storytelling and humor make her a popular speaker and trainer. She has expertise in many areas but her work in community collaboration, volunteer management and critical incident response have garnered her recognition at the national level. Mrs. Riley has authored numerous curriculums for training government employees and volunteers and frequently incorporates games and activities that bring the principles taught in the classroom to life. She has developed many unique programs to address the needs of a particular community and enjoys the collaboration that comes with that process.  Dana was named one of the top 25 women in business for 2015 by the McKinney Chamber of Commerce, named a finalist for the 2016 Junior League of Collin County's Excellence in Volunteer Services Award and received the 2016 Quality of Life Award from the McKinney Community Development Corporation.


In 2017, Ana Gonzalez joined the Volunteer McKinney staff as their Engagement Coordinator.  Ana graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in Radio/Television/Film and went on to have a career in television that spanned 20 years.  During this time, she worked in commercial television, sports broadcasting, and local government programming.  She has won numerous state and national awards for producing, editing and writing, including two Lone Star EMMY's.

Ana became a philanthropist and grant maker when her great aunt and great uncle formed the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to helping nonprofits in the South Texas area.  She is currently a board member, in charge of community relations, and youth philanthropy development for her family's foundation.  Her work for youth philanthropy and succession has been highlighted in national case studies.

Ana was successfully able to merge her passion for television and marketing with philanthropy when she joined the Volunteer McKinney team.  She looks forward to promoting community involvement and volunteerism to the residents of McKinney.


Michael Dodson, Board Chair
Ink & Toner Texas

Jennifer Blalock, Ed.D., Chair- Elect
Collin College

Kara Olson, Treasurer
Junior League of Collin County

Meg Pulley, Secretary
State Representative Scott Sanford

Dusti Calander,
Calander Wealth Management LLC

Vonda Cloutier
Silpada Brand Ambassador

Harvey Oaxaca
Community Volunteer

Rick Ragsdale, M.D.

Dana Palmer
Palmer Law Group, P.C.

Klyne Smith

Melissa Winter
Baylor Scott & White- McKinney


Contact Us

Volunteer McKinney
400 W. Virginia St.
Suite 100
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 542-0679 office