National Charity League Palm Springs rewards senior graduates

the National Benevolent League Inc. Palm Springs (NCL)a local non-profit organization made up of volunteer mothers and daughters, honored five senior graduates at its annual convention Senior Recognition and Fashion Show April 9 at the DoubleTree Resort. The Class of 2022 has accumulated more than 5,000 volunteer hours with local nonprofits while serving with NCL for four to six years.

The Elder Recognition is the culminating event for teenage members who volunteered with their mothers in the community while at NCL. The event included a dinner, awards show and a sustainable fashion show using recycled clothing provided by the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. During the event, the elderly Aidan Carrera, Angelina Delgado, Brianna Kidd, Makayla Smith and Gracie Van Dijk were introduced by family members as they were recognized for their community service and philanthropic efforts through their NCL membership.

The event was supported by generous donors, including Good vision photography, Pro DJ on the go, Pose and Flash, Rancho Mirage Florist, TOP Shop – The only printing company, Kay Williams, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Kiehl’s, Margaritaville and many more. Se Layne trained the teenage models before the event and organized the fashion show.

Palm Springs NCL Chapter members volunteer with 23 nonprofits, including angel sight, Coachella Valley Autism Society, Desert Guide Dogs, Palm Springs Historical Society and more.

NCL’s goal is to train socially responsible community leaders while strengthening mother-daughter relationships. NCL’s core curriculum also includes leadership development and cultural activities. For more information about NCL Inc., Palm Springs Chapter, visit or email [email protected]

Jennifer Barnakian-Poland is a freelance communications consultant and mother of two who has lived in the Valley since 2019. She is Co-Vice President of Communications for the National Charity League, Palm Springs Chapter.

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