About Us- A Mission of Service

For nearly one hundred years, Charity League has focused solely on Mecklenburg County, addressing and meeting the changing needs of Charlotte area children through volunteerism.  As a non-profit organization with no paid staff, our fundraising dollars go directly to work in throughout the community.

Our Legacy- A History of Sharing

In 1911 Mrs. E.C. Marshall formed a group of young women, called “Sheltering Arms”, who worked in the charity wards of local hospitals.  Mrs. James L. Stanten in 1921 established the St. Peter’s Hospital Junior Hospital Guild to continue to meet the needs of Charlotte area patients

The group changed its name to Charity League of Charlotte and became incorporated in 1928.  In response to the growing needs of our community, Charity League opened the Sunshine Day Nursery in 1948 to offer childcare to the growing number of families whose mothers worked outside of the home and needed safe child care for their children.  The Nursery served area children lovingly for fifty -four years when it closed in 2002 due the growth and availability of private daycares and public programs.

Proceeds from the sale of the Nursery site have been invested in our programs allowing Charity League to broaden its assistance and positively impacting tens of thousands of young lives.

Our Focus

Charity League believes that all children should have access to basic educational tools that are necessary to thrive and succeed in school.  We assist at-risk children by providing local schools and programs with uniforms, backpacks, school supplies and learning essentials.  We also offer resources to enhance existing programs when needed.

Our support extends outside area classrooms as well.  We have established “Little Libraries” in community centers to assist with improving literacy, access to books and learning resources.  In honor of our organizations early commitment to hospital service, we provide music enrichment  programs to children of all ages at the Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital on a bi-monthly basis.

Meetings and Operations

An Executive Board elected from the general membership on an annual basis governs Charity League. This board meets monthly on the first Thursday of the month, August through June. We hold our general membership meeting on the second Thursday of each month, September through May. Both meetings are held at St. Gabriel Catholic Church. Charity League is a non-profit group founded in 1921 by members of St. Peter’s Hospital. We have no overhead, pay no salaries, and have no paid staff.