Our vision is one in which every member of the SMU community will have the opportunity to create real change through sustainable and direct service, while developing themselves into active citizens. This change in our community and members will be the driving force behind a movement of service and awareness on our campus that expands into the surrounding.
This organization began as a dream and idea shared between incoming freshmen of the class of 2014, months before their commencement at Southern Methodist University. Their dream was to inspire other SMU students to serve others in a sustainable and impacting way; in hopes of making both SMU and Dallas a better place to grow up, live, and learn.
Early on the organization gained momentum as scores of students rallied around the cause; impacting the world around them was obviously something that Mustangs were passionate about. At first Heroes worked with Promise House, bringing them to a Mustang Football game and going to hang out at the home. Then in the Spring of 2011 Heroes began a partnership with Head Start, sending groups of 5 to 10 volunteers, three times a week, to the pre-school to play with the children and assist teachers.
At the beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year, Mustang Heroes was delighted to see so many from the class of 2015 ignited with the same passion for service as the class above them. The movement towards a campus full of active citizens was beginning. Sleep In a Box, the first philanthropy and awareness event, attracted over 80 participants and raised $3,600 for the Vogel Alcove, a day shelter for homeless children. By the 2011-2012 school year, Mustang Heroes had organized and provided volunteers for three different long-term projects at Head Start, KIPP Charter School, and the Family Gateway shelter.
During the 2014-2015 school year, Mustang Heroes expanded to 150+ general members, who collectively served over 2,100 hours during the fall semester of 2014. We currently send volunteers out on 8 trips per week.
Please join us in this movement towards active citizenship and making a positive change in our world.