National Charity League members help 20 groups in North Clackamas
Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has changed aspects of volunteering, 150 members of the National Charity League who reside in Happy Valley, Clackamas, Damascus, Milwaukie and surrounding areas still have found ways to support the Sunnyside Chapter's philanthropies.
NCL members were excited to be back in person helping partners, such as cleaning books at Clackamas Bookshelf or making and serving food on Sundays for Feed the Hungry at the St. John's Episcopal Church in Milwaukie, said Casey Pfleger NCL vice-president.
"As a chapter, we've been able to be flexible and help our philanthropy partners in whatever ways are most useful," Pfleger said. "We've done at-home projects that we've delivered, such as dog treats and toys for the Oregon Humane Society or cards to brighten the days of Meals on Wheels recipients."
Sunnyside's mother-daughter volunteer organization recently announced its Annual Membership Drive and began accepting applications from women with daughters currently in sixth through ninth grades. Sunnyside Chapter mother-daughter teams volunteered over 5,000 hours in the 2020-21 year for 20 philanthropic organizations in the community, including Oregon Humane Society, Feed the Hungry, Clackamas Bookshelf, SOLVE and the North Clackamas Family Support Center.
Sunnyside Chapter members hope to create more lifelong philanthropists and leaders by growing the chapter and allowing NCL to make an even larger community impact.
"My daughter was 12 when we joined NCL and began to establish a foundation of setting aside time to serve our community," said Chapter President Theresa Sorensen. "Now that we are in our fifth year of NCL membership and she is a very busy junior in high school with sports, activities and a job, I am so grateful that we still have this shared commitment to the community and scheduled time together."
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