Helping Out With Mom

The new year is upon us, and with the turn of a new calendar comes resolutions – to lose weight, to fall in love, or to give back to the community.

The Young Men’s Service League of Alpharetta exemplifies this spirit of giving year-round.

The YSML, a nationwide mother/son philanthropy organization, strives to improve both the surrounding community while strengthening the mother-son relationship.  Each mother and son commits to a four year program that includes philanthropy, education, and leadership.  Currently, there are five chapters in Georgia, each of which has their own group of organizations and charities that it regularly works with.

Once accepted into YMSL, members have a minimum amount of service hours that must be completed at approved charities and organizations, as well as required attendance at monthly meetings.  Members learn skills including college planning and resume writing, public speaking, leadership training, goal setting, budgeting, nutritional eating, cooking, and other practical skills that every young man should know.

The Alpharetta chapter serves more than 15 charities and organizations each year and hosts special programs and functions.  The Ultimate Gift Service Project is a much-anticipated annual fall event where YMSL partners with other local non-profit organizations to serve the homeless and begin the holiday giving season on a positive note.  In 2015, YMSL partnered with Habitat for Humanity to initiate Hall County’s first Habitat development, Copper Glen.  YMSL built half of the neighboring nature trail, installed wood flooring piers, a joist framing system, and completed two-thirds of the flooring, as well as extensive landscaping.  More than 100 members worked 522 volunteer hours and donated $7,700 in one day.

“YMSL Alpharetta has been in existence since April 2007, and making a difference in the relationships between moms and their high-school aged sons ever since – but what’s really meaningful is when we come together as an organization to make a difference in the lives of others.  I think we accomplished that at Copper Glen,” notes Rhonda Agnew, chapter president of YMSL Alpharetta.

The Young Men’s Service League of Alpharetta exemplifies the kind of philanthropic-driven life that we all strive for.  With increasing interest, YMSL will continue making Alpharetta and North Fulton an amazing place to call home.