A sincere thanks to the thousands of volunteers who give of themselves to further the mission of GRACE. Every year volunteers serve more than 60,000 hours across the area, in conditions as diverse as the blazing hot Feed Our Kids sites to the piercing cold New Year’s Eve at Donation Station. Medical professionals serve another 3,500 hours at the GRACE Community Clinic.
Individuals, families, church and corporate groups, and civic and social clubs all join in to make sure GRACE clients receive the best, most effective services.
The Southlake Chapter of National Charity League is one group that is represented at nearly all GRACE activities. Founded in 1996, the social and community service group for mothers and daughters has been a “go to” volunteer group since its inception.
Every year the group takes six weeks throughout the summer, mid-June to late-July, to provide lunches to at-risk children through the Feed Our Kids program. The same group spends Friday and Saturday of the Gala setting chairs and centerpieces for GRACE’s largest fundraiser. Then comes the Thanksgiving Meal distribution, Christmas Cottage and the Christmas Meal distribution. And this is only the beginning of the service hours given to GRACE by its members.
What is amazing is that the group also supports eight other charitable agencies like the Battered Women’s Shelter, Christmas is for Children, Metroport Meals on Wheels, Gatehouse, Special Olympics, Stepping Stones Foundation, Summer Santa, and Miracle League of Southlake. If that sounds like hours-upon-hours of volunteer work, you’d be right—more than 7,500 hours each year.
All the more astonishing is that NCL Southlake members give much more than time. The annual Benefit and Fashion Show generates needed funding for all of their beneficiary agencies. First held in the spring of 1998, the yearly tradition raises more than $100,000.
The chapter celebrates the richness of its 20-year history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future. The annual Mother-Daughter Tea and Senior Recognition Ceremony are just two examples of events that help define and sustain chapter membership.
The aim of the chapter is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. Its vision is to develop strong women leaders serving and impacting communities today and for generations to come.
Mothers and daughters participate in a six-year core program which outlines a program of community service, leadership development and cultural experiences by year. Through this program, participants become confident, well-rounded and socially aware contributors to society.