The Young Men’s Service League (YMSL) is a national organization whose members are mothers and their high school-age sons. The group’s mission is to assist, serve and support those who are in need in the community, develop leadership skills and promote mother-son relationships. Locally, the Irving Hawks’ chapter of YMSL at Cistercian High School has partnered with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) for several years in a variety of projects.
During the summer months, the YMSL young men and their moms made fifty no-sew blankets together, with a combined 50 youth and adult volunteers giving 75 hours. These blankets will be donated to several different organizations in the area.
The group participated in KIB’s modified 29th Annual Trash Bash by organizing eight different cleanups on their own from Sept. 14-26. Their dedicated efforts resulted in a total of 128 hours of service by 64 volunteers.
“KIB can’t thank the Irving Hawks’ chapter of the Young Men’s Service League enough for all it does for the community,” said KIB board member and faith groups co-chair Brian Bunch. “The group was one of the first to participate in the blanket project several years ago. Along with the cleanups and many other community service projects the group participates in throughout the year, the YMSL members make a positive difference.”
Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.