About our Chapter
National Charity League, Inc. South Coast Chapter is one of more than 216 Chapters that thrive across 25 states. With a National Board of Directors representing the organization’s eight regions, South Coast Chapter, which is part of Region 5, continues to carry out NCL’s mission. One of the nation’s most distinctive and well respected mother-daughter organizations, NCL is committed to volunteerism and supporting philanthropies through hands on activities in local communities. The organization holds strong traditions of the past, which are honored through cultural, education and philanthropic awareness. NCL, Inc. was established in Los Angeles, California, in 1925, and was incorporated in 1958. Annually, NCL members from coast-to-coast volunteer more than one million hands-on hours in local communities.
In 1961, a small group of Los Alamitos area women gathered to form a mother-daughter service group. After learning of the aims of NCL, they were chartered as South Coast Chapter in National Charity League, the twelfth national chapter. Mrs. Voler Viles became the first president. In 1963, they opened a thrift shop in Hawaiian Gardens. It netted $4,446.67 which greatly aided philanthropy endeavors. By 1966, the organization had 50 Patronesses and 42 Ticktockers. In 1968, the thrift shop hosted the first fashion show at one of the monthly meetings. Models sold what they were wearing to NCL Patronesses.
Today, South Coast Chapter, with members from the Long Beach and West Orange County areas, is a vibrant group of women and their daughters in grades 7-12. Our Chapter has over 116 Patronesses, 128 Ticktockers, approximately 97 Sustaining Members and 31 Junior Members. Our membership resides in the Los Alamitos Unified and Long Beach Unified School Districts, though some attend private schools throughout Orange County. In addition to the philanthropies the Chapter supports with monetary donations and hands-on service, the Chapter maintains a Thrift Boutique, Miss Charity’s Attic, located at 3978 E. Cerritos Avenue in Los Alamitos. Funds raised at the Thrift Boutique are used not only to support our philanthropies but to give scholarships to deserving local high school senior girls.
In addition to our Thrift Boutique, our Chapter raises money by hosting an annual fundraiser entitled Tournament Day in late fall. Each grade level also hosts various events throughout the year including the We Care Food Drive, Sewing Bees and mother-daughter events. One of the highlights of the year is the Tribute luncheon, held in June, honoring those who have earned awards for their volunteer service, as well as the senior mothers and daughters who have completed their six years in the Chapter.