About Our Chapter
NCL, Inc., Foothill 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 Chino Hills, Claremont, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland and adjacent areas. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Foothill aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.
ABOUT FOOTHILL CHAPTER
Capable. Caring. Confident. NCL, Inc, Foothill Chapter develops these traits in our members through community service, cultural events, and leadership. We help low-income families; seniors; the disabled, the environment; and cancer research. We also sponsor a scholarship for outstanding local high school students.
Celebrating 62 years of service in 2018, our chapter is one of the earliest, being charter in 1956, after Glendale (1951) and San Fernando Valley (1955).
The Foothill Chapter serves the communities of Upland, Claremont, La Verne and surrounding areas in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California. Our chapter usually has about 15 – 25 mother-daughter pairs in each grade level. We participate in activities as both grade-level classes and as a chapter.
Membership entails a commitment. Members must:
- Perform a minimum number of service hours
- Attend monthly meetings
- Participate in chapter events or service
- Meet the financial obligations of membership
Our members give to the community, but they also gain from membership. Benefits include:
- A framework to serve others. Most people want to volunteer, but few of us manage to organize this on our own. We make volunteering easy by setting up volunteer opportunities.
- Leadership skills and poise. Through experiences like serving as class officers, working on committees and speaking in public, members develop life skills.
- Credentials for college application. Daughters who complete the program accumulate hundreds of hours of community service, which is well regarded by colleges. Members also gain experience from mentoring opportunities.
- Strengthening bonds. We bring mothers and daughters together in meaningful experiences and foster friendships within the chapter.
Join Our Chapter
Interested in joining our chapter? A Prospective Member must be sponsored by a current member of 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.
For any questions regarding Membership, requests for transfers or assistance with connecting as a Sustainer, email us.
Prospective Members need to be sponsored by a current Member of the National Charity League, Inc. (NCL, Inc.) Chapter they wish to join.
If you know someone in NCL, Inc., talk to her about her Chapter’s boundaries, Membership obligations and Membership drive timeline.
If you do not know someone in NCL, Inc., you are invited to submit the following form.
Or, you can email any questions to our chapter at Prospective NCL Member email.
Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:
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.
We work with the following philanthropies:
- American Heart Association
- Operation Gratitude
- Special Olympics of Southern California
- The Kindness Campaign
Volunteering is at the heart of the Foothill Chapter. Last year Foothill Chapter volunteered hundreds of hours of service as well as hundreds of dollars of donations to a wide variety of approved philanthropies. Areas we support include:
- Low-income families
- Rescue Animals
- Health Care
NCL, Inc., Foothill Chapter supports a broad range of organizations, among them:
ABILITY FIRST, POMONA CENTER
The Ability First Claremont Center provides programs for children and adults ages 5 to 22 with physical and developmental disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, and epilepsy.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, INLAND EMPIRE UNIT
The American Cancer Society, Inland Empire Unit, supports and provides information to cancer patients and their families that includes fundraising for research, programs and services through their Discovery Shop, as well as Relay for Life events.
Casa Colina is a non-profit, freestanding, community-governed rehabilitation organization in Pomona that has been in existence since 1938. Among its services are a rehabilitation hospital, transitional living center, outpatient assistance, and children’s services.
CEF / SLICE
The Claremont Educational Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides art and music instruction in the elementary schools and funds technology in the middle and high schools. CEF operates S.L.I.C.E. of Summer, an enrichment program for CUSD students, offering academic and athletic programs.
Children’s Fund helps at-risk, abused and neglected children in our communities. It provides referrals for housing, clothing, food, beds, medical and dental care. It partners with many community organizations for projects that help raise funds for and awareness of this organization. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
Claremont Manor Retirement Community residents enjoy social, educational and recreational opportunities and scheduled transportation to doctors, excursions and shopping. Claremont Manor’s Care Center includes rehabilitation and skilled nursing care with a wide range of therapy programs.
CLAREMONT RECREATION DEPT
The Claremont Recreation Department oversees events such as the city’s Summer Aquatics Program for all ages, youth summer days campus and programs at the Joslyn Senior Center.
The mission of Community Senior Services is to connect, people, information, resources and communities to enrich the lives of older adults. The agency has eight programs that serve 16 cities.
EYE-DAS is dedicated to helping the visually impaired in the San Gabriel Valley. Membership is open to any adult with impaired, partial, or no vision. Sighted individuals are welcome.Meetings are for social and educational purposes.
Foothill Family Shelter’s mission is to assure children and adults a future by helping to provide them and their families a means to a home, a job, and self esteem that will endure.
Pomona Valley Habitat for Humanity is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. It works with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing.
Hillcrest Homes Retirement Home and Woods Health Services Skilled Nursing Facility provides extended-stay nursing care to seniors with varying levels of disabilities in La Verne, CA.
HOPE’s goal is to raise awareness to the pet overpopulation crisis in our local area. We help rescue and place animals in qualified homes. To reduce pet overpopulation, we’ve been hosting low cost spay/neuter opportunities since 2004.
House of Ruth has been providing life-saving domestic violence services for residents of eastern Los Angeles and western San Bernardino counties since 1977. Participation in House of Ruth programming is open to all battered women and children.
INLAND CHRISTIAN RETIREMENT HOME
Inland Christian Retirement Home has three components: assisted living, skilled nursing and Alzheimer’s care (The Haven).
Inland Valley Hope Partners brings together faith communities, businesses, individuals and community groups, and has a mission to ensure the empowerment of people in need by providing food, shelter and supportive services. It serves children and their families through four food pantries, a residential family shelter “Our House,” and the Pomona Certified Farmer’s Market.
MEALS ON WHEELS (CLAREMONT)
Packing food and/or delivering food to shut-ins noontime meals Monday-Friday in Claremont.
MEALS ON WHEELS (UPLAND)
Packing food and/or delivering food to shut-ins noontime meals Monday-Friday in Upland.
OPERATION COMMUNITY CARES
Operation Community Cares is an organization that proactively supports the health and welfare of our American Servicemen and Women across the globe. They provide various programs that aim to support the troops’ personal needs. From an online message center, to a photo album, to a place to donate various items to and for our troops.
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center is a 453-bed acute care, not-for-profit, teaching hospital serving Eastern Los Angeles and Western San Bernardino counties.
Priceless Pet Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill pet rescue operating out of multiple adoption centers known as “The Orphanage”. All animals are rescued from surrounding high-kill, high-access shelters, owner surrenders on a case-by-case basis, and other various circumstances.
RANCHO SANTA ANA BOTANIC GARDEN
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont is the largest botanic garden dedicated exclusively to California’s native plants. The garden hosts interpretive walks, plant sales, school programs and more. Special events include Garden Groove (summer music concerts), the Butterfly Pavilion, Family Bird Fest, Wildflower Show, Mother’s Day Brunch, Things That Go Bump in the Night, Acorn Festival, Winter Holiday Open House and more.
Reach Out is an organization committed to strengthening communities by providing programs that create hope, education and empowerment for families throughout the Inland Empire and Pomona Valley.
The Salvation Army’s programs include rebuilding lives through assisting with disaster relief, through community and fellowship by providing youth camps and assisting with comfort and support through Christmas charities (The Giving Tree aka The Angel Tree) and elderly services.
With a 500-member medical staff and 279 beds, San Antonio Regional Hospital is a premier acute care facility that provides a comprehensive range of medical services.
Santa Claus Incorporated, an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff or administrators, provides new toys, new clothing, and new books to local under-served children.
Sunrise Senior Living in Claremont is an active senior community with five areas: independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and short-term stays. They have ongoing events as well as special events throughout the year.
Nurturing confidence through opportunities to learn and grow, while also building problem-solving skills through a supportive environment of healthy relationships.
Examples of skills developed include:
- Consensus building
- Team building
- Conflict resolution
- Event planning
- Parliamentary procedure
- President: Leigh Cornell
- Secretary: Darcy Weis
- Treasurer: Emily Fajardo
- Parliamentarian: Amy Walsh
- Vice President Communications: Yvette Reagan
- Vice President Membership: Andria Leahy
- Vice President Patroness Activities: Kathi Murdock
- Vice President Philanthropy: Hasina Surtee
- Vice President Provisionals: Christy Lau
Leadership training maximizes potential to succeed in school, work, and community. Officer and leadership positions within each grade level as well as for the chapter help members develop:
- Organizational skills
- Public speaking
- Team building
- Time management
- Setting goals and strategies to reach them
Class meetings may include speakers on topics such as:
- Job interviews
- College admissions
- Personal finance
As future leaders, 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.
Mothers and daughters of each class attend a cultural experience together with a focus on different areas of art, theatre, dance and music.
Each Chapter celebrates the richness of its history through traditions that honor the past. The Mother Daughter Tea is an NCL, Inc. tradition. Today, NCL chapters around the country continue to embrace their long-standing traditions, as well as, create new ones.
In the Foothill Chapter, each class arranges and attends cultural events such as:
- Performing arts
- Visual arts
Each class also organizes a Father-Daughter Day, and as a chapter we host an annual Tea, and Senior Recognition Event . Mother’s and daughters coordinate and host service events such as a Thanksgiving Meal for a community Philanthropy.
Throughout the NCL experience, members learn about rules of etiquette, self care, proper dress for different occasions, and social graciousness.