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Coppell is a strong and fortunate community that prides itself in giving back, and the Young Men's Service League Coppell Chapter does just that.
The initial chapter was founded in 2001 by Pam and Julie Rosener with the goal of creating a meaningful way for mothers and their sons to perform philanthropic work in their hometown of Plano, Texas. Since then, chapters all across the country have given over 100,000 community service hours.
"Our national mission is for mothers and sons to serve women and children in our communities," former Coppell Chapter President Alicia McGurk said. "It creates opportunities for the sons and mothers to work together to help others."
This program provides the potential for members to really see their work in action while also changing themselves for the better.
"[YMSL] has broadened my view of serving others outside of my community," Junior member Parker Rodman said. "In the everyday Coppell life, we aren't really exposed to the scenarios that I have encountered through this program."
Through the work of the Coppell Chapter, lives have been changed by projects that range from building wheelchair ramps and delivering food to the less fortunate, to Special Olympics sports, and sorting thousands of donated shoes.
With the 20 hour yearly requirement to retain membership, all of the individual philanthropies completed, just within this past year by the Coppell Chapter, totaled up to nearly 5,000 hours.
The 2016-2017 class boasted 249 members, the largest the Coppell Chapter has ever been. In McGurk's eyes the more kids involved, the better.
"When the YMSL graduates go to college and learn that they are required to carry out philanthropic work they feel confident in themselves," McGurk said. "This confidence comes from having been there before, and it gives them a chance to learn how to have a serving heart."
At the start of the 2017-2018 school year the YMSL Coppell Chapter will begin its sixth year of service with the same goal as always, changing lives.
For more information about becoming involved in the YSML Coppell chapter, visit the website.