Ticktocker Day an Inspiring and Productive Day of Philanthropy, Leadership and Culture for National Charity League

Posted on Apr 23 by SEASONS Magazine

Courtesy National Charity League

Courtesy National Charity League

With the hopes of benefiting the Santa Barbara Community, National Charity League’s (NCL) Ticktocker Day was a success.

With the mission of fostering mother-daughter relationships with a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences, the Santa Barbara NCL collectively donated about 10,000 hours of public service last year. Every fall, NCL organizes a time-honored tradition called Ticktocker Day, an event that helps the organization meet all of its goals. Ticktockers (the daughters) donate their time to serving community philanthropies by organizing a large philanthropic event completely on their own, while building leadership skills and furthering their knowledge by listening to a speaker on a subject of cultural interest.

During the most recent Ticktocker Day, about 100 Ticktockers, grades 7 through 12, met to work together at Girls Inc. in Goleta for the 19 different charities that NCL supports. Ticktockers rolled up their sleeves to do various tasks such as making personal cards for the terminally ill, stuffing packets with organic seeds and cleaning tangled horse tack. The camaraderie the girls find in doing this work for their community’s charities was evident in the girl’s enthusiasm and unity. In all, 250 combined hours were dedicated to philanthropies at this year’s Ticktocker Day event.

During this event, Jessica Koval, who works for Direct Relief International, was the guest speaker.

The Santa Barbara Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc. currently supports 19 philanthropies in Santa Barbara: American Cancer Society, B.U.N.S. (Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter), CADA (Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse), CALM  (Child Abuse Listening and Meditation), The Children’s Creative Project (I Madonnari Chalk Festival), Cottage Hospital, The Dream Foundation, DRI (Direct Relief International), Explore Ecology, HEARTS Adaptive Riding Center and  McKinley School.

The group also supports The Santa Barbara Museum of Art & Ridley Tree Art Education Center, The Museum of Natural History & Sea Center, Safety Town (Soroptimist International), The Santa Barbara Public Libraries, Special Olympics, Storyteller Children’s Center , Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, Unity Shoppe and The Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens. This year’s Ticktocker Day event broke records for both the number of attendees and cumulative philanthropy hours served. Just as important, however, Ticktocker Day 2014 inspired and helped hone the skills of young women in Santa Barbara to continue to serve their community in productive and meaningful ways.

—Elizabeth Sanchez

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