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Q&A: It's a Girl Thing

Jan 02, 2016 04:48PM ● By Dia

If giving back ranks high on your resolutions for the year, SASO Girls has a message for you: Join the club. Or rather, the service organization. The girls’ branch of Scholars and Athletes Serving Others (SASO) was founded in 2013 as a way for moms and daughters to volunteer their time together. The group is open to freshman through senior high school girls and their moms who reside in Southlake. As the organization gears up for its annual membership drive next month, we visited with President Heather Mollere and Vice President Elsa Kackley to learn more about the SASO Girls family. 

Q: You’re both members of the founding Board for SASO Girls. What have the first couple of years been like?

A: They’ve been very rewarding. SASO Girls started with 12 women determined to create philanthropic opportunities for high school girls in Carroll ISD. We started with 60 pairs of moms and daughters three years ago, and now we have 163 pairs.

SASO has had such great success because of the mothers and daughters who so generously give their time together.

Q: How are philanthropy events determined?

A: The SASO Board meets at the beginning of the SASO membership year, which runs April to March. The Board reviews events from the previous year and new opportunities available to our members. We want to make sure our members have the opportunity to work with and learn about different organizations.

Q: Is there an event that stood out to you as particularly meaningful?

A: Kackley says: The Red Bag Food Drive is an event that really warms my heart. It’s a joint service project between Christmas is for Children and Altrusa DFW. This event starts with a red bag roll- up event at which we roll up 6,000 bags filled with non-perishable food items. We then help organize, pack into baskets and load onto trucks. This particular event strengthens our community and breaks down barriers of misunderstanding. People all around us fall on hard times, and it is important to not ever judge those struggling.

Q: What kind of impact has SASO Girls had on the community?

A: We’ve served more than 17 organizations, raised more than $43,000 and donated countless hours. We’ve served more than 17 organizations, raised more than $43,000 and donated countless hours.

Q: How can interested students and their moms join SASO Girls?

A: Mothers and daughters can join SASO during our membership drive. We have an annual
meeting in February. Applications and dues will be accepted at the meeting and for the following couple of weeks. The new membership year begins in April. We keep membership and philanthropic information on our website:

Q: What have you enjoyed about serving?

A: Mollere says: I volunteer because it continuously teaches me something new about people, about cooperation, about compassion and about myself. Sharing these events with my girls has been so rewarding. In helping others, we are reminded that we are all in this together and we need to remember to support each other. Life has so much to offer if we look beyond ourselves.

Q: Do you feel like the organization is accomplishing what it set out to do?

A: Yes – and more. SASO Girls is all-inclusive and service-based, not hours-based. This helps our members recognize that time is something we can all give. Young ladies in our group say that they find it incredibly satisfying to say they changed something in the world big or small, that they have a positive impact on the lives of others and that they enjoy meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Q: Your annual membership drive begins in February. What would you like to say to moms and daughters who are interested in joining?

A: If you like to serve, we’re the perfect organization for you. We’re about helping others. Volunteering teaches our girls to work with others and brings people together with a common goal. It is a wonderful opportunity to give back and spend quality time with your daughter.