Ninety-two years ago, a group of women in Los Angeles partnered with the Red Cross to help the poor by constructing baby beds and assembling food baskets. What began as a small effort became larger, and the women had to enlist their daughters’ support to continue their benevolent actions.
Thirteen years later, the daughters began their own groups, and nine years later, the two groups merged to become America’s first mother-daughter philanthropic organization known as the National Charity League.
Fast forward to 2004, when Lubbock established its chapter, led by Terri Byrne. Prospective members are sponsored by a current member to join. Girls begin in seventh grade, but can be accepted up until 10th grade. The mother-daughter team commits to serve 20 volunteer hours a year. Activities include meal preparation, helping with camps, equestrian therapy, assisting with pet adoptions and more.
Lubbock’s NCL chapter supports 28 philanthropies with a wide range of missions; from LHUCA to Morris’ Safe House to High Point Village and Second Helpings Food Kitchen. For a full list of organizations, readers may explore https://lubbock.nationalcharityleague.org/community-service/ .
Meetings take place the second Sunday of each month and feature speakers on a wide variety of topics, such as car care, dating, money management, preparing for college and independent living. Each grade is assigned a cultural area to explore. Together, mothers and daughters attend the ballet, art galleries and museums, theater, and the symphony. NCL experiences build essential skills such as confidence, team building, event planning, conflict resolution, and parliamentary procedure.
The four major annual events are the Mother-Daughter tea, Senior Presentation, Ticktocker Recognition, and cultural events. The events, volunteer service, and meetings have the common goal of preparing girls for the transition to womanhood and finding their place as a community leader, while enjoying quality mother-daughter time.
Cray Pickering, long time community leader, has worked alongside her daughter, Britlyn, in the Lubbock’s NCL. She has this to say: “I am very proud of our affiliation with this amazing mother-daughter organization. Britlyn and I grew closer these past seven years while serving our community. We worked with many different agencies – Second Helpings, Lubbock State School, Ronald McDonald House, South Plains Food Bank, Family Promise and Salvation Army. The greatest lesson we learned is that our community is strong and vibrant because of neighbors helping neighbors. It is my hope that my daughter will now have a lifelong commitment to community service.”
By Carol Morgan