National Charity League, Inc.
Serving the community with giving hearts, hands and smiles
Volunteers aren't paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.
National Charity League (NCL) is a national mother-daughter membership organization. Prospective members must be sponsored by a current chapter member for possible membership in that chapter. The purpose of the organization is to develop leadership skills in women, primarily through philanthropic work in the local community and surrounding areas, and to foster the mother-daughter relationship through volunteering, social and cultural activities. It is the hope of NCL that our daughters will develop a greater appreciation of the community values and ideals that our generation holds to be important and worthy of preservation.
Our Waco chapter grew because of a group of civic-minded Waco moms had a vision of strengthening that mother-daughter bond with their own daughters and after much research, the NCL Waco Chapter formed in December 2007. Since that time we have adopted eleven local non-profit organizations that our members actively support through hands-on volunteer service. In 2013 - 2014 alone, NCL Waco gave back almost $121,000 in volunteer service. In the years since the charter for NCL Waco was granted, approximately $400,000 has been given back to the community in volunteer hours. Baking cookies and sweet treats, helping build homes for deserving individuals, working at a local abuse shelter's thrift shop, manning water stations at area marathons and races, providing pet food to local elderly residents, delivering meals, helping stock the shelves of a local food pantry, providing child care and mentoring to children in deep pockets of poverty, serving as field trip chaperones to local area attractions and providing someone to just listen are just a few of the activities that NCL Waco members find themselves involved with. We also "Lend A Hand" to other local non-profit endeavors.
Our chapter has approximately 270 active members (mothers and daughters in 7th - 12th grades) and 40 Sustainers (members whose daughters are graduated and wish to remain active and contribute back to the community). NCL Waco provides opportunities for mothers and daughters to enjoy bother mother-daughter and peer relationships through philanthropic, leadership, and cultural activities. You will see that we are an active, committed group that fosters the bond between mother and daughter. We have become known as the "Girls/Ladies in Blue" (in reference to our blue t-shirts we wear when volunteering).
NCL Waco, in 2012, was recognized as Outstanding Service Organization by the American Fundraising Professionals. The Waco chapter of this internationally recognized organization honored NCL Waco at an awards luncheon held at Ridgewood Country Club, November 2012 in honor of National Philanthropy Day. Quite an honor for our chapter and an amazing achievement for the women who had a vision of enhancing the mother-daughter relationship in Waco, Texas! Our chapter has also welcomed its five hundredth (500!) member in April of 2014.
Waco's chapter membership includes a cross section of our community; a diverse group of moms and daughters from virtually every school in the area – including Waco ISD, Midway ISD, Lorena ISD, Valley Mills ISD, Crawford ISD, Reicher Catholic High School, St. Louis School, Vanguard College Preparatory Academy, Waco Baptist Academy, Waco Montessori, Live Oak Classical, Texas Christian Academy, Belton ISD, West ISD and China Spring ISD.
Our Ticktockers (girls in grades 7th-12th) are active in their schools while serving in various leadership roles in extra-curricular organizations and participating in athletics and fine arts.
In addition to serving with NCL Waco, you can find our Patronesses (mothers) involved with the Waco Symphony Orchestra and Council, Junior League of Waco, Leadership Waco, Teen Leadership Waco, church organizations, Girl Scouts, Waco Panhellenic, Waco Cotton Palace, Community Visioning Project, Historic Waco Foundation, and a host of other non-profit and community organizations as volunteers and board members.
The Waco chapter is proud of its Sustainer Program for our chapter. Your experiences with NCL do not have to end upon graduation from high school. The national Sustainer program is a vibrant growing program that keeps mothers and daughters involved in the community. When your heart is touched through volunteering it is hard to turn the 'paying forward' principle off. Our Sustainer program is growing and are proud our Sustainers are being active and serving as role models to our present membership. One of our outstanding young 2013 Sustainers, who won just about every NCL award offered, recently received the President's Volunteer Service Award from her university for volunteering over 250 hours above and beyond what she has done as a member of her two Greek sororities and in her freshman year of college. We are proud of all our girls but especially proud to know that leading by doing is alive and well throughout many communities our girls attend college and choose to work thanks in part to the volunteer spirit of NCL.
If you would like to learn more about Waco NCL, please contact our Vice President of Membership Missy Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your interest in NCL Waco! Information about National Charity League, Inc. can be found at the national website www.nationalcharityleague.org. National Charity League, Inc. now has over 200 Chapters in 24 states with more than 50,000 total members, and in 2008 celebrated 50 years of success and growth. The Waco chapter welcomed its 500th member to our membership roster during the 2014 - 2015 new member drive.
NCL Waco has a purpose. Whether we are strengthening our mother-daughter bonds, baking cookies, helping children at a local abuse shelter, providing meals to elderly individuals or helping needy animals, we do what we do ~ with a purpose.
Live it, Love it, Share it
Through the mother-daughter relationship, National Charity League will develop strong women leaders serving and impacting communities
today and for generations to come.
(National Charity League, Inc. is incorporated in the State of California as a non-profit charitable organization.
Its chapters throughout the United States are incorporated in their state of origin.)