If you prefer to be busy during the upcoming spring vacations than laid-back and do nothing, volunteer opportunities are plentiful in and around the neighborhood.

Business Women Inc. which has an office on the east side of the McKinney Ministry building at 233 Elm St., is looking for spring helpers to participate in its day-to-day operation as one of America’s leading advocates for women’s rights in the workplace.

According to Executive Director Chrystal Richards, volunteers “will work on the computers, assist in designing management programs, learn office skills, develop their public relations aptitude, and fine-tune their entrepreneurial abilities— If you’re thinking of going into business for yourself, here’s a chance to find out if you have what it takes.”

All you need is to call the company and ask about free places.

Another organization located in McKinney, the Save the Green Foundation, has developed a special City Volunteer Campaign. If you like to work outdoors and are interested in habitat or creek restoration, urban gardening, wild animal care, or recycling. Save the Green can tell you who to contact. The organization refers volunteers to over 60 ecology groups in the McKinney area.

Just call the Green Foundation office and ask for Josey.

St. Sebastian’s Dining Room, now celebrating 56 years of service to the community, is not located in McKinney directly, but Volunteer Coordinator Anna Melton is reaching out to residents of every neighborhood in an effort to find fill-ins for her regular volunteers who are going on spring vacations.

The dining room, located at 34 Jackson St. needs people to help serve food to the needy, any of seven days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:50 p.m.

“Even if you can only help once a month,” says Melton, “you are very much needed”.

Give her a call if you would like to lend a hand.