Volunteer Spotlight: National Charity League

Before becoming a mother, Robyn Soileau considered her volunteer experiences as some of the most meaningful in her life. Now, she’s excited to share those experiences with her daughter, Camille.

“I’ve always enjoyed helping others,” said Soileau. “In the past, I worked as a pediatric physical therapist, where I helped children with special needs. Even in college, I was involved in community service groups. I’ve worked with T-ball teams, Meals on Wheels, Boys and Girls Clubs, Texas Children’s Hospital, and more. I’ve always enjoyed volunteering, but being able to work with my daughter was the main appeal of the National Charity League.”

Soileau is a member of the Grand Lilies chapter of the National Charity League (NCL), a nonprofit national organization of mothers and daughters committed to community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences.

“NCL is unique in that mothers serve alongside their daughters,” she said. “It is a way to pass on a love for giving back to the community and see each other in a new light.”

Led by President Lindsay Ardoin, the chapter is open to girls in seventh to 12th grades and their mothers. In addition to volunteer work in the community, the program emphasizes leadership and cultural growth. Mothers and daughters hold leadership positions, attend operas and musicals, and enjoy presentations from various speakers.

Since forming in April, the chapter has taken an active role in events at Mercer Botanic Gardens. The group accepted their first volunteer assignment at Mercer’s Tea in the Gardens and recently helped with Mercer’s Children’s Garden Grand Opening.

During that event, Soileau was proud to see her daughter in action.

“It was nice to see her donate her time for others,” she said. “I enjoyed just spending time with her, just the two of us, doing something new. It was great seeing her take charge of the seed planting booth and helping the children in a kind way.”

For more information, visit www.nationalcharityleague.org.