Following the birth of her sons Alisara Plyler turned her focus from working mom to her kids and once they got into school, Plyler shifted her talents to volunteer organizations.
Dividing her time between boy scouts and cub scouts with each of her two sons, who are 10 and 11, Plyler, TownSquareBuzz.com‘s latest entry in our Heroes Hall of Fame, donates hours of her time each week to being a den leader for the cub scouts. She also does a variety of administrative and supervisory type tasks for the boy scouts, all without applause, pay or recognition.
Plyler’s passion for volunteering was fostered at an early age as, according to Plyler, her mom “dragged” her along to volunteer projects while she was elementary school age. She also was a member of her high school Key Club, a Kiwanis International high school program which is the oldest and largest service program for high school students.
Plyler said that she remembers that the president of the high school Key Club gave each board member a sand dollar with the story of the young man and the starfish attached. The young man in the story was on a beach throwing starfish back into the ocean. He was making a difference in the universe, one starfish at a time.
“That story has stayed with me all my life of making a difference. Sometimes the cycles in life allow you to do more than other times. I’m thankful that I can be at home and I try to help as much as I can,” Plyler said.
“I guess volunteering was ingrained into me. It’s fun and I like meeting people through volunteer work and I feel like I’m giving back,” Plyler said.
Why does spending countless hours with the boy scouts fulfill Plyler? “My brother was in scouts,” she said, “and I helped volunteer as a teenager at summer camps and I really had fun. Initially, it was some of the fun things that scouts do that drew me into it (scouting), but then we became like a family as we met together.”
In charge of the scouting segment of McKinney’s flag lease program that the local scout troops operate in conjunction with McKinney’s Sunrise Rotary Club, Plyler organizes deliveries and communicates with various troops.
“We go out and deliver a little over 550 flags via 10 routes to the residents who sign up to participate in the flag lease program,” she said, which takes on average two hours per route.
From a weekly scout meeting to pack meetings, to monthly field trips, Plyler puts in a number of volunteer hours each and every week, supporting not only her sons, but all the boys who participate in scouts.
What strength does Plyler feel she brings to the table in the volunteer world? “I think communicating is my strength,” she said. “I try to do a really good job of making sure that people are aware of what their duties are and organize the information so that it’s quick and short.”
Plyler will be coordinating the Lone Star District’s Scouting for Food, a food project that takes place each February. The scouts distribute bags to homes throughout the community and collect food for the food pantry. The event will take place on Feb. 15.
Plyler also spends time volunteering at The Imagine School in McKinney, where both of her sons attend school. She helps out with the chess club whenever needed.
Pursuing her Master Gardening certification, Plyler said she is anxious to start volunteering at Myers Park and working with the youth education there.
Does Plyler ever say no? “I have learned to say no and sometimes I do, but the service based projects, I really enjoy,” she said.
TSB salutes you Alisara Plyler for making a difference in our community, one child at a time.
TSB salutes four individuals who are the silent servants; the unsung heroes of our community and often serve others with little or no recognition. Nominees are submitted by readers.
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