SASO offers philanthropic opportunities for Mothers and Sons to impact their community and beyond. Click here to view our scheduled events.
SASO is an inclusive Mother/Son Organization. Click here to view our membership process.
Welcome to the 2021-22 SASO year! All new and renewing members should have received an email of the welcome letter below along with the membership checklist. The checklist can also be found under the membership tab in the password protected section. Please keep the password given on the checklist handy to review important info. If you didn’t receive the welcome, check your junk mail and then email email@example.com.
Hello all, happy summer! We are very excited to begin SASO’s 9th year in Fairfield!First, thank you to all our returning members for your hard work and commitment. Our philanthropy partners are thrilled with SASO and so grateful for our contributions to their organizations! Together, we fed many hungry people with food drives and sandwich making. We gathered necessities for people in need, designed our own events, and helped senior citizens. While this year was different due to COVID, our efforts had a huge impact on our local community as we assisted our philanthropies during this time of great need.
Also, welcome to all our new members! We hope you find membership in SASO to be rewarding. The more you put into SASO, the more you’ll get out of it. So please, jump right in and get involved! Members often find it easier to volunteer during the summer without the demands of the school year. Friendly reminder, all members are required to have 2 events completed by February. (This helps avoid the scramble in May for events to be eligible for renewal). Note: 3 events must be completed to renew membership in May.
We encourage all members to check out the opportunity to earn the Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) by meeting certain service hour requirements. More information can be found on our website. Qualified recipients will be awarded letters of commendation from President Biden as well as a PVSA medal. For those of you who might be interested, the summer is a fantastic time to get a jump on accumulating those required hours. Twenty-one young men are qualifying this year.
SASO will again have over 200 young men in our organization, compared to 35 our first year. A few board members have graduating seniors and are stepping down. We wish them well and thank them for everything! Special thanks to our new board members for joining us.
To continue our great work and ensure the longevity of the organization, SASO must have ongoing parental support. As such, commitment to a role within the SASO organization is being asked of all parent members. If you are interested in becoming a philanthropy liaison, event captain, or board member, get in touch. Please look for a Sign-up Genius coming soon to choose your interest.
We also hope members will attend our free personal growth events on relevant teen topics. These events will be posted on our website and are an added benefit to members, separate from your volunteering. If you have a topic that you think might interest our membership, please email us!
If you’ve purchased a SASO t-shirt, you can pick up 6/10-6/23 at 75 Deer Park Rd, on covered front porch. Look for your name and instructions.
All our best,
Meg Kelleher & Jenn O’Hara
Co-Presidents SASO Boys, Fairfield Chapter
Check out the FAQs below and the Events tab if you want to get started.
Here are some FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about SASO!
Who are we?
SASO, pronounced “say-so” and whose name stems from the catch phrase “If you need help, just SASO.” (Just Say So) is an inclusive high school boys service organization for boys who live in or attend high school in the town of Fairfield. We focus on having our mom and son teams participate in events that help partnered philanthropies. We provide personal growth for the boys to help them grow in such skills of leadership, service and interpersonal relationships.
How do we join?
SASO’s year runs from June 1-May 31st. Current SASO members (and siblings who would like to join) can apply NOW for renewal while new members (8th graders -12th graders) apply April 15th. All applications are due no later than May 15th and are accepted in the order they are received. Current members must complete 3 events to be eligible for renewal.
The applications is new this year and is ONLINE! Check How to become a member under the membership tab for details.
Who are the board members and liaisons?
Our board members are new or current members who serve for two years or more. They bring new ideas and enthusiasm as well as a passion for service. Our board meets once a month to review current happenings and needs.
We hope that you will consider getting involved! If being part of the board is not for you, then please consider becoming a liaison or event captain. Liaisons are direct connections to philanthropies and help to organize, plan and advertise our events. Event Captains are key leaders at given events who help to manage events, log volunteers and answer questions.
We applied. Are we in?
Once all membership applications are processed, all members will receive an email welcoming them to SASO. The homepage will also be updated with the welcome letter. Your dues check will be cashed. If we cannot accept your membership due to capacity, you will be notified and your check will be returned.
If you aren’t receiving emails by the end of June, please contact our membership coordinator. As well, once you are a member, please make sure to pick up your SASO t-shirts. Our welcome letter on the website outlines where and when to get them from.
Do mom & son need to attend every event together?
As we are a mom/son organization, we ask that you complete your three events together. After completing the three events together, your son or you can volunteer alone.
Can we show up at an event if there are no sign up spots on the website?
We love and encourage enthusiastic volunteering however our philanthropies sometimes have specific numbers of volunteers needed. It is best to email the event captain and check with them.
What do we do if we can’t make the event we committed to?
Please do your best to sign up for events that you are able to commit to attending. Our philanthropies rely on us for help, and last minute cancellations leave us — and more importantly them — scrambling. If something unexpected (like an illness) comes up, please try to find a replacement. If you are unable to find someone, and you absolutely cannot make the event, contact the captain, giving as much notice as possible. Their email is connected to their name link under the event on the website.
As well, please email Bonnie Boyle at firstname.lastname@example.org so that your name can be removed from the volunteer slot.
How do I record that I completed an event?
Reporting that you completed an event is needed after each event.
At each event, you should find a sign in sheet. One person should be in charge of having that signed by all volunteers, taking a photo of the completed sheet and then sending that to the events coordinator at email@example.com. No sign in sheet? No problem- email the events coordinator with your names, date and time of service and event.
Find a record of your completed events under our MEMBERSHIP tab, with the heading EVENTS COMPLETED. Keep the password for this handy!
What is PVSA ( President’s Volunteer Service Award)?
The President’s Volunteer Service Award Is the United States’ premier award program to encourage service. SASO is certified to bestow this award to members who qualify. It is awarded based on number of hours served during SASO membership year, within following age categories:
Teens (11-15) Hours: Bronze 50, Silver 75, Gold 100+
Young Adult (16-25) Hours: Bronze 100, Silver 175, Gold 250+
SASO members who wish to participate must contact Dawn Gitman at firstname.lastname@example.org to register interest and meet all requirements of PVSA which include serving a minimum of 30% of hours through SASO and a maximum of 70% hours through other service organization while tracking and certifying every hour on Google Docs
For more information and links, go to SASO’s website tab “PVSA Requirements for Boys”
Who do we contact with questions?
Questions about membership? Contact email@example.com
Questions regarding event completion? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Co-Presidents Meg Kelleher at email@example.com or Jenn O’Hara at firstname.lastname@example.org