The National Charity League (NCL) Orange/Villa Park Chapter is a group of mothers and daughters who serve together in a commitment to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. NCL is a nonprofit organization for mothers and their daughters, grades 7–12.
The Orange/Villa Park Chapter currently has nearly 300 mother-daughter members in grades 7 through 12, who perform more than 6,600 hours of hands-on volunteer service for over 20 charities and non-profit organizations in the Orange County community each year. Through this work, NCL develops socially responsible community leaders, who have a positive impact on the communities in which they live.
Orange/Villa Park National Charity League
Website: Orange/Villa Park Chapter
How to Join The Chapter
Interested in joining the chapter? A Prospective Member must be sponsored by a current member of The chapter. Membership opportunities are dependent on Chapter openings.
Additionally, members must meet the following boundary criteria:
- Reside in the cities of Orange or Villa Park or
- Reside within the Orange Unified School District attendance area or
- Have daughters attending Orange Unified Schools or
- Any other school in the City of Orange, City of Villa Park, or St. Jeanne de Lestonnac School.
Membership entails a commitment. Members must:
- Perform a minimum number of service hours
- Attend monthly meetings
- Participate in chapter events or service
- Meet the financial obligations of membership
- Community Service: NCL promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to serve. Each Chapter then supports its philanthropic service partners through different volunteer activities.
- Leadership Development: Nurturing confidence through opportunities to learn and grow, while also building problem-solving skills through a supportive environment of healthy relationships.
- Cultural Experiences: Mothers and daughters of each class attend a cultural experience together with a focus on different areas of art, theatre, dance and music.
- Mother Daughter Tea: Mother Daughter Tea is an NCL tradition.
- Cultural Experiences: Some of the cultural experiences in which our Orange/Villa Park Chapter engages include:
- Musical – 7th Grade
- Theatre – 8th Grade
- Symphony – 9th Grade
- Museums/Gardens – 10th Grade
- Art – 11th Grade
- Dance – 12th Grade
- Fashion Show: An annual event that raises funds for our approved Chapter philanthropies. It is hosted by the 11th grade class and the daughters are the featured models. The Fashion Show is one of the most fun-filled and memorable events of the year.
- Senior Recognition: The six year Mother-Daughter experience culminates in a ceremony for the 12th graders called Senior Recognition. Senior Recognition is a formal dinner/dance, celebrating the successful completion of the Senior daughters’ Six-Year Plan. This event has come to signify the daughters’ entrance into the adult world, celebrates her accomplishments and service in National Charity League.
National Charity League Pros & Cons
- A framework to serve others
- Leadership skills and poise
- Strengthen the Mother/Daughter bond
- Credentials for college application and scholarships
- Big time commitment, not just the daughter but the mother too. Be sure you’re ready to commit.
- Like any organization some chapters have their specific pros and cons, do your research, talk to others who have joined NCL and the Chapter to see if it is right for the mother AND daughter.
- NCL’s purpose is NOT to specifically aid with college admissions and obtaining scholarships, although that may be a benefit. Be sure you’re joining for the right reasons.
- If you are only interested in college admissions and obtaining scholarships you would do better, application-wise, to work with a charity directly.
- If you are seeking to work with a specific charity or type of charity, you would also do better to work with that charity directly.