The National Charity League’s Orchard Valley Chapter, which includes members from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and Cupertino, recently led games for residents at Lytton Gardens, a retirement community in Palo Alto.
Sixteen eighth-graders shared the afternoon with the seniors, playing bingo and classic board games.
“I really enjoyed connecting with the residents,” said Jessica Wiley, who attends Cupertino Middle School. “I love to sew, and I met some wonderfully talented women who were sewing dolls by hand. They even taught me how to hand-stitch an invisible seam.”
National Charity League is a nonprofit organization comprising mothers and daughters who volunteer for community service projects over six years, beginning when the daughters are in seventh grade. Founded in 2009, the Orchard Valley Chapter has grown to nearly 300 members. Members support more than 20 local philanthropies, devoting approximately 5,000 volunteer hours in the past year.
In addition to fostering a culture of giving back, the organization develops leadership skills. Mothers and daughters each have a job within the chapter, and the program offers opportunities for growth.
Mothers report seeing benefits from volunteering with their daughters.
“NCL is important to me because my daughter and I become even closer while giving back to the community,” said Nancy Wiley, one of the grade-level advisers.
The Orchard Valley Chapter has begun its annual membership drive and is scheduled to host an open house in October.