About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Dogwood Chapter is a group of mothers and daughters who have come together in a commitment to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.
Members shall reside in the Raleigh area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Dogwood aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.


The Dogwood Chapter is an affiliate of NCL, Inc. We formed in 1996 in Raleigh, North Carolina, celebrating our 25th Anniversary in 2021. As a tribute to our long-standing history and dedication to our local community, the Dogwood Chapter donated $25,000.00 to one of our Philanthropy Partners (Diaper Train). To commemorate this special event, a logo was created to represent our mothers and daughters who serve together. This beacon represents our Chapters rich history in our commitment to community, to the development of our future leaders and to the cultural journey of our membership.

Currently, 340 members provide hands-on volunteer service for 21 philanthropic organizations (and counting!) and contributed over 5,000 hours during the 2022-2023 League year. While most of our work is done by grade levels and in small groups, we do come together as a whole Chapter at several large events. These special gatherings include our Annual Kick-Off, the Mother-Daughter Tea, and our Senior Salute where we celebrate our graduates heading off into their bright futures.

As we embrace all the opportunities provided to us through NCL, Inc, and the Dogwood Chapter, we are inspired and encouraged to continue to grow as leaders, nurture one another, and bloom in the community!

Join Our Chapter

Interested in joining our chapter? Membership opportunities are dependent on chapter openings.

If you know someone in our chapter, talk to her about getting started, membership obligations and our membership drive timeline.  If you do not know someone in NCL, you are invited to complete this Membership Inquiry Form.

Membership Inquiry Form

For any questions regarding Membership, requests for transfers or assistance with connecting as a Sustainer, email us.

*Special Note* The Dogwood Chapter welcomes Raleigh area residents to inquire about the possibility of membership in our Chapter all year long. Our recruitment period for new members occurs annually during the NCL Membership Drive from January 15th to March 1st only, with a start date of June 1st. Please understand that there is no guarantee or obligation of membership in our Chapter. Again, to receive additional specifics on membership requirements for our Chapter, we invite you to fill out the Membership Inquiry Form. 

Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:

Community Service

We understand and serve communities in partnership with local and national nonprofits. Each NCL, Inc. chapter promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to support through different volunteer activities.

We work with the following philanthropies:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Carolina Ballet, Inc.
  • Designed For Joy
  • Diaper Train
  • Disaster Response
  • Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
  • Green Chair Project
  • Haven House
  • Helping Horse
  • Komen NC Race for the Cure Triangle
  • Loaves and Fishes
  • Marbles Kids Museum
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Oaks at Whitaker Glenn
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Raleigh Little Theater
  • Salvation Army: Birthday Cakes
  • Salvation Army: Special Events
  • Step-Up Ministry
  • Urban Ministries of Wake County: Food Pantry
  • Urban Ministries of Wake County: Helen Wright Center Meals
  • Wake Relief
  • Wake Up and Read

Leadership Development

We build capable, courageous leaders through opportunities to learn, reflect and develop. Our leaders become successful in their education, career and communities by learning the necessary skills during their NCL experience.

Examples of skills developed include:

  • Confidence
  • Consensus building
  • Team building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Event planning
  • Parliamentary procedure

Our Chapter Board of Directors:

  • President: Julie Hampton
  • President Elect: Kelly Di Domenico
  • Secretary: Elizabeth (Bess) Creech
  • Treasurer: Heather Horton
  • Parliamentarian: Shannon Cassell
  • Vice President Communications: Katherine Griffith
  • Vice President Membership: Michelle Morgan
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Amy Watkins
  • Vice President New Members: Jennifer Sadowski
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Kate Parke
  • Sustainer Liaison: Lynn McKinney
    Shannon Oliveira
  • Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Kathryn Poole

Cultural Experiences

We preserve National Charity League traditions and core values, while appreciating the growth that comes from connecting with different communities and cultures. We continually strive to build stronger ties with our communities and the individuals within them. It is through this understanding that we grow and develop broader worldviews that will shape and support our lives.

  • Traditions – We celebrate the richness of our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future.
  • Values – We embrace values that make us strong as an organization of mother-daughter leaders.
  • Community Connections – We build connections through experiences that impact our communities.
  • Etiquette – We encourage and mentor kind, respectful and gracious social conduct.