Our Chapter History
Our Chapter was organized in 1942 and became the first chartered Chapter in 1951, as part of the expansion of the Los Angeles Founder Chapter. Our Chapter then became part of the reorganized and incorporated National Charity League, Inc., in 1958. Through the years, the chapter remains steadfastly focused on supporting our local philanthropies with both hands-on service and donations and to providing our members with an enriching mother and daughter experience. Our chapter proudly offers a Senior Recognition Ball, as well as many other NCL, Inc. traditional activities such as the Senior Tea and the Mother/Daughter Awards Tea and Fashion Show.
From the beginning, NCL, Inc., Glendale Chapter was focused on providing for the needy. In 1963, the Chapter, which had raised $50,000 toward a retirement home in the Glendale area decided to join forces with a local group of community volunteers called The International Sunshine Society to build additional facilities at Twelve Oaks. The Twelve Oaks property had been bequeathed to The Sunshine Society by Effie Fifield, who wanted to provide low cost housing to the elderly. From the 1960’s through 2013, our Chapter’s Patronesses and Ticktockers provided countless hours of service to Twelve Oaks, which became our main philanthropic outlet. NCL, Inc., Glendale Chapter ran Twelve Oaks until the early 2000’s when Southern California Presbyterian Homes, later known as be.group, took over day to day operations. In 2013, be.group abruptly closed the home, evicted the elderly residents, and began the process of selling the property, stating financial difficulties with its continued operation. NCL Inc., Glendale Chapter mounted a campaign to block the sale and in 2015, successfully returned Twelve Oaks to its non-profit stature. The Twelve Oaks Foundation re-opened the center to serve the elderly in our community, as it was originally intended. Our Chapter has now resumed its service to the elderly residents of Twelve Oaks.
National Charity League, Inc., Glendale Chapter works with over 20 other local philanthropies, providing lunches to the homeless at Acsencia and Union Station, tutoring students at Hathaway Sycamores, assisting at summer camps at the YWCA of Glendale, decorating Rose Floats, providing dinners to Door of Hope, and organizing a blood drive with the Red Cross each summer, among other activities. Other service opportunities supported by our Chapter include volunteering at local hospitals, working with Operation Gratitude and the La Canada Public Library. Our Chapter’s signature activity is an annual rummage sale, Sellebration, typically held in September in the Glendale area. The sale offers well priced, high quality apparel and home items to the community and to our philanthropy partners.