Community Service

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 are very proud to support the following philanthropies:

Benefiting Women and Families in Need

Angeline’s Center/YWCA Opportunity Place – YWCA Opportunity Place offers affordable permanent housing for formerly homeless, low-income women and day services and meals for homeless women. NCL Lake Washington Volunteer:

  • Prepare and deliver holiday “gift bags” filled with essential hygiene items for women receiving housing and services through Opportunity Place.
  • Provide holiday treats and decorations for seasonal events
  • Bake and deliver more than 100 Thanksgiving pies each year.
  • Volunteers 14 and older serve lunch to the 100-150 homeless women.

Dress for SuccessThe mission of Dress for Success, part of YWCA Seattle, is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.  Women come from a diverse group including homeless shelters, immigration services, job training programs, domestic violence shelters and other non-profit or governmental agencies.

Volunteers help with clothing drives, manning collection stations, sorting clothing and accessories.

Mary’s Place – Empowering homeless women, children and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community.

Volunteers help with various activities at the center, interacting with children and mothers.

Benefiting Children in Need

Birthday Dreams – Birthday Dreams’ mission is to provide birthday parties to homeless children in the Puget Sound area. NCL Lake WA provides volunteers to help facilitate the birthday party on the second Friday of every month at Mary’s Place Emergency Family Shelter.

Volunteers help with Birthday Party set up, run games, do crafts, serve cake and clean up.

Childhaven – Childhaven serves children ages one month through five years who are at risk of or who have suffered abuse and neglect.  It operates a day care program, infant care program and specialized parent education.

Volunteers assist with student holiday parties, teacher appreciation luncheons, fundraising events, van washing and procuring and assembling Off-To-Kindergarten backpacks.

Eastside Baby Corner – Eastside Baby Corner collect community donations, purchase and distribute children’s and maternity items to families in collaboration with virtually every organization helping families in our area.

Volunteers help fill clothing orders for a week’s worth of clothing or supplies for children (ages 0-12) in need.

Kindering Center – Kindering Center provides individualized, family-centered services for children who are disabled, medically fragile or vulnerable due to abuse or neglect.

Volunteers help with the annual fundraising auction, holiday party and summer graduation event.

Treehouse – Treehouse was founded in 1988 to assist foster children in King County.  It provides services and key material needs that the state cannot.  It offers tutoring, educational advocacy as well as clothing, toys and school supplies via it’s “wear house”.

Volunteers help in the “wear house” sorting, tagging and stocking donated clothing and asset with special fundraising events.

Benefiting Animals

Seattle Humane Society – Founded in 1897, the Humane Society for Seattle/King County (aka Seattle Humane Society) is a local, private, nonprofit animal welfare organization.  From its Bellevue campus, the Seattle Humane Society serves our region with a variety of outreach and advocacy programs and services, including pet adoptions, veterinary services, dog training classes, a pet food bank, and humane education for children of all ages.

Following application approval and training, volunteers are invited to assist in a variety of activities including pet adoption support, packaged food collection and distribution, care and maintenance of adoptable pets and staffing outreach events.


Packing frozen peas for local food pantries at Northwest Harvest

Benefiting Our Community

Food Lifeline – Working with the food industry and its surpluses, Food Lifeline comes up with creative solutions to stopping hunger, including redirecting good food from manufacturers, farmers, grocery stores and restaurants that might otherwise go to waste. Food Lifeline provides 88,000 meals a day to local food assistance programs.

Volunteers help pack school lunch bags, after school programs, hot meal programs or food pantries.

Northwest Harvest – Northwest Harvest is Washington’s only statewide, independently operated and privately funded hunger relief agency.  It supplies free food to nearly 300 food banks and meal programs.

Volunteers assist with food handling chores at the main warehouse and food bank throughout the year.

MI Thrift Shop – City of Mercer Island Community Services – The City of Mercer Island provides an array of public services to the MI Community including MI Youth and Family Services (think of your school councilors), Parks and Recreation and the Arts Council.

Volunteers assist with inventory management at the MI Thrift Shop.

Senior Foundation of Mercer Island – The Senior Foundation of Mercer Island is a catalyst, helping develop community-based programs which enhance the health, safety and wellbeing of Mercer Island senior citizens.

Volunteers help with lunches/dinners and transporting seniors to events.

USO Northwest – The USO Northwest is a nonprofit that provides all the comforts of home to service members and their families.

Volunteers maintain the Children’s Corner created by the Lake Washington Class of 2015.


Benefiting Medical Research and Supportive Services

City of Hope – City of Hope is a research, treatment and educational institution dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Volunteers help out at City of Hope’s annual fundraising gala.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – JDRF is a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide, and is the largest charitable funder of and advocate for type 1 diabetes research.

Volunteers help with fundraisers such as Global Path to a Cure, Gingerbread Village and Beat the Bridge.

Ronald McDonald House – The Seattle Ronald McDonald House provides a home-away-from-home for approximately 1100 families of children with serious illness being treated at Children’s Hospital or Regional Medical Center who live more than 60 miles away.

Volunteers help clean the house for the medically fragile residents, donate needed goods and plan and host activities on site.

Seattle Children’s Hospital – SCH provides needed medical care to all children in Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

Following application approval, our volunteers, 16 yrs of age and older, provide services in areas with direct patient contact such as entertaining patients in SCH playrooms, transporting patients throughout the hospital and supporting patients through water-play in the SCH therapy pool.

Volunteers 14 yrs and older, provide services in areas of the hospital without direct contact such as greeting and guiding visitors, restocking hospital inventories and delivering medical supplies and gifts.

Class 2019 made fleece blankets for dogs at the Humane Society