National Charity League Helps Out in Plymouth
The National Charity League of mother and daughter volunteers recently assisted Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners in its Resale Select store. The nonprofit fosters philanthropic involvement while strengthening mother-daughter relationships.
“I really love volunteering,” said Lily Emlong. “My mom’s really taught me the importance of it.”
Lily and her mom, Lori Anne Emlong, started their National Charity League journey while in Denver, Colorado. When they moved to Minnesota, they founded the Northwoods chapter for Plymouth, Wayzata, and Maple Grove. Currently they have 32 mothers with 42 daughters in the chapter.
“NCL has taught me so many important lessons. Our three pillars are leadership, philanthropic opportunities, and cultural,” explained Lily. “So I’ve learned so much, especially through the leadership part.”
Another member named Sophia said the members practice public speaking at meetings.
At the Interfaith Outreach volunteering event, members went through clothing making sure the items were clean and without stains or tears.
“This group is amazing because it’s moms and daughters working together,” explained Deb Lande, a spokesperson for Interfaith Outreach Community Partners. “It’s like sharing the philanthropic spirit from generation to generation. We just love that.”
Interfaith Outreach depends upon volunteer hours from organizations like the National Charity League (NCL). Lande says there’s more than 400 volunteers who work in the store, plus upwards of two thousand volunteers that give time in some capacity to the organization.
The reward is two-fold. The nonprofits benefit from the volunteer labor, and the mothers-daughters benefit by spending time together.
“To be sitting here tonight and doing this together is a very special opportunity,” said Lori Anne Emlong. “I think that’s what I love best about NCL.”
To learn more about the Northwoods chapter of the National Charity League, click here.