Community Service

Each NCL, Inc. Chapter 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.  Philanthropies supported by our Chapter include:

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based, voluntary, health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. NCL, Inc. Orange/Villa Park Chapter helps the American Cancer Society by serving as volunteers at fundraising events throughout Orange County to support the American Cancer Society’s goals. These events include Relays for Life and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Costa Mesa.

The Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation exists to make the vision of a world-class Performing Arts Center in Anaheim a reality. Our Chapter provides volunteers for performing arts events.

The Blind Children’s Learning Center provides early intervention, education and services for the blind, visually impaired and deaf-blind children and their families to empower independence. Our Chapter supports their annual events, summer camp and after school day care.

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Boys Hope Girls Hope helps youth whose lives and futures are greatly at risk, at no fault of their own, but who are academically capable, and show great promise. Our Chapter supports Boys Hope by preparing dinner for the youth and staff. We also assist with fundraising events.

Founded in 1976, Casa Teresa provides a transformational, comprehensive program for homeless, pregnant women 18 years of age and older who are alone. Casa Teresa is home to more than 75 mothers and their babies. Our Chapter provides weekly babysitting services so the moms can attend educational classes, holiday decorations for their homes and assists at annual events.

Since their founding over 50 years ago, CHOC has been meeting the needs of children and families with first-class medical care and state ­of the ­art facilities. Our Orange/Villa Park Chapter works with the NCL, Inc. Irvine Chapter in supporting CHOC through its Volunteer Boutiques. Our members create craft items to be sold at these boutiques. The proceeds are given to children in need at the hospital.

Create partners with Orange County Department of Education, Skyview School, to support at-risk youth including those who are homeless or in transitional housing. Our Chapter supplies these youth with healthy lunches and snacks, arts and crafts lessons, and hosts events such as, a “back-to-school” drive and an annual carnival.

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Discovery Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs. Our National Charity League, Inc. Chapter has been fortunate to be able to work with the Discovery Science Center as volunteers for many of their events that support their mission.

Eddie Nash Foundation was founded in 2007 by Bryan “Eddie” Nash, a former foster youth and successful businessman who wanted to help other foster youth succeed. The organization empowers foster youth through collaborative efforts with community partners and creative programming, providing essential skills these youth need to live independent, productive lives once they are emancipated. Our Chapter helps the flagship programs which include Life Skills Workshops, Tutoring and Camp Belong.

Friendly Center is a comprehensive family and community resource center dedicated to improving the lives of children, adults, and seniors by helping them move toward self-sufficiency through immediate aid and a variety of educational and life skill programs. Our chapter assists with fundraising efforts and community outreach.

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Hemopet is a non-profit animal blood bank and greyhound rescue/adoption center. Hemopet, first rescues retried racing greyhounds from several states. These dogs then donate lifesaving blood periodically for use in local animal care facilities. After 12-18 months, Hemopet’s Pet Live-Line Division, places the dogs up for adoption or into foster care for adoption. Our Chapter assists with walking the dogs, socializing them, providing monthly bubble baths and assisting with adoption events.

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The Huntington’s Disease Society (HDSA’s) is a National, voluntary health organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with Huntington’s Disease and their families. Team Hope is HDSA’s largest fundraising event. Thousands of families, friends, co‐workers, neighbors and communities walk together each year to support HDSA’s fight to improve the lives of people affected by the disease. Orange Villa Park NCL, Inc. volunteers contribute service hours to the successful implementation of this annual event.

Knots-of-Love’s primary goal is to brighten the lives of those in need with kindness and love with knitted hats, caps and blankets. All Knots-of-Love creations are given free of charge to people who are battling cancer or other life-threatening illnesses or injuries. NCL, Inc. assists with events and knit hats, caps and blankets.

 

Operation Valentine began as a NCL, Inc. District-wide event to collect and send needed items to our service men and women overseas. It is part of the NCL National Philanthropy effort, “Service for the Heart’. The most important component of the event continues to be the heartfelt “Valentine” thank you cards made by the NCL daughters thanking the soldiers for their service to our country.

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As a steward of significant natural and cultural resources, Orange County Parks manages and operates a system of regional parks, beaches, harbors, trails, historic sites that are places of recreation and enduring value. Our Chapter provides volunteer hours by helping keep our Orange County Parks clean and beautiful.

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As the heart of the community, Orange Public Library welcomes and supports all people in their enjoyment of reading and pursuit of lifelong learning. The library strives to preserve local history and to provide equal access to information, ideas and knowledge through books, programs and technology. Our Chapter participates in supporting the Orange Public Library’s annual events and regular book fairs.

A measure of the strength of any civilization is the degree to which its elders are respected, supported and cared for. Orange Senior Center is a community focal point where older persons, as individuals, or in groups, come together for activities and services, which enhance dignity, support independence, and involve them in and with the community. Our Chapter assists with various events and programming to enrich the lives of these seniors throughout the year.

Ronald McDonald House program provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. Our Chapter supports the organization’s annual events and provides homemade meals for family residents.

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The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park opened in 1952, sits on 20 acres, and is home to approximately150 animals. The zoo is a place where children and adults can share time together learning about animals, plants, and the environment. Every month something new and interesting is happening at the zoo. Volunteers from our Chapter assist in many special annual events including Boo at the Zoo, Sunsets at the Zoo, Zoofari, and Dreamnight.

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The Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is dedicated to alleviating hunger, developing programs to increase awareness of the hunger problem and providing an opportunity for volunteerism and community involvement. How does NCL, Inc. Orange/Villa Park make a difference? By signing up to work a shift at either the Incredible Edible Farm (where we might plant or harvest food) or the Food Distribution Center (where we sort and pack food).

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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is credited as the world’s leading catalyst in the fight against breast cancer. They work to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find a cure. Our Chapter supports their annual fundraising race and provides administrative support.

THINK Together is an organization whose mission is to provide high quality, academically oriented, out-of-school programs for students regardless of race, creed or socioeconomic status. Our Chapter supports their annual events, tutoring of children and provides administrative support for educational programming.

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Villa Park Community Services Foundation was established by the City of Villa Park in 2002, it is a charitable, nonprofit organization designed to increase the potential of citizen volunteerism and special events without major city expenses. The Villa Park Community Services Foundation is very pleased to utilize volunteers from a multiple of sources including the Orange/Villa Park Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc.

Working Wardrobes empowers men, women, young adults and veterans overcoming difficult challenges to confidently enter the workforce and achieve self-sufficiency. They provide career training, job placement assistance and wardrobe services in an environment of dignity and respect. Our Chapter supports their annual events and provides volunteers to work in local Thrift Shops.