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Burbank NCL Opens Membership Drive

The Burbank chapter of the National Charity League (NCL) opened their annual membership drive on January 2, seeking mother-daughter teams to participate in the community service and leadership skills building organization. The Burbank NCL hosts an informational meeting on Sunday afternoon, January 31, in Burbank.

“Our mission is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences,” explained Melissa Galen, co-vice president of Membership for the Burbank NCL.

The National Charity League is a six-year program which starts in seventh grade and runs through twelfth grade. Classes are organized by grade level and class sizes range from 11 – 20 individuals.

“Membership is open to moms with daughters entering seventh through tenth grade in the fall of 2016,” explained Galen. “We are looking for moms and daughters with a heart for service. Most moms and daughters complete the program.”

A few moms and/or daughters continue to be involved past the twelfth grade, added Galen. Those members are known as sustainers.

Burbank mother and daughter members of the National Charity League attend the 2015 Membership Tea. (Photo Courtesy Burbank NCL)

Burbank mother and daughter members of the National Charity League attend the 2015 Membership Tea. (Photo Courtesy Burbank NCL)

Burbank NCL added 24 mother-daughter teams in 2015, some of which included active member mothers with a second daughter entering the program.

“We have plenty of room for new members and want to see our chapter grow,” said Galen.

“My daughter, Rachel, who is a junior at John Burroughs, wanted to do more community service,” Galen said, as she explained her family’s motivation for joining Burbank NCL. “I have been an active volunteer in school and extra curricular activities and wanted to instill a sense of ‘giving back’ in my daughter.”

“We always walk away from our mother-daughter volunteer opportunities feeling so blessed that we were able to help others. The leadership skills we both have learned have been a bonus.”

“Moms and daughters hold positions in National Charity League. It is a mentor-oriented organization,” she also said. “Another benefit is the relationships cultivated. We have moms and daughters from public and private schools in Burbank and surrounding communities.”

“I have met the most amazing and talented moms and daughters through NCL Inc., and our chapter.”

NCL’s Burbank Chapter was founded in 1960 and currently boasts over 80 mother-daughter teams and a sustainer group for moms and daughters who continue on past high graduation.

The chapter annually provides over 12,000 hours of community services to 35 different charities in Burbank and Los Angeles, including: Burbank Temporary Aid Center, Boys & Girls Club, Family Service Agency of Burbank, Family Promise, Kid’s Community Dental Clinic, Child SHARE, The Colony Theatre, St. Joseph Hospital, Tierra Del Sol, Special Olympics and Ahead With Horses.

National Charity league does require a financial, meeting and time commitments, Galen added. Information about the commitments will be discussed in the January 31 meeting. More information on the January 31 membership meeting can be found here and on Burbank NCL here.