What we Do
As active members of the League, we have the honor to continue a legacy begun in 1931 by eighteen resourceful young women to "promote growth and development in children throughout Martinsville and Henry County." We continue that tradition today by participating in the following community programs:
Each year, Charity League brings the Missoula Theatre, a Montana touring company, complete with costumes, scenery, props
Young Artists Gallery at Piedmont Arts Association
Each school in Martinsville and Henry County has the opportunity to exhibit art from their students in this community placement. Budding artists have the thrill of having their work displayed in this state of the art facility. The League partners with Piedmont Arts to hang artwork from the schools each month in the Young Artist's Gallery.
Each year several qualified high school seniors are selected to receive a $1000 scholarship. Recently the League introduced the renewable scholarship program, allowing prior scholarship recipients the opportunity to apply for another scholarship. Recipients of these scholarships are chosen based on college plans, financial need, grade point averages, recommendations from guidance counselors and community involvement.
A Brighter Christmas/CHILL Youth Rally
Charity League partners with organizations within our community to apply for grants, participate in fundraising activities, identify children in need, shop, wrap, and deliver Christmas gifts to older children and teens in our area. Because many programs typically provide toys to children 10 and under, our goal is to provide "a brighter Christmas" for older children, who may not, otherwise, receive gifts. While work for A Brighter Christmas takes place from June to December, the majority of work takes place in fall and early winter. Therefore, this initiative is paired with the CHILL Youth Rally, which takes place in the spring. Members assist CHILL (Communities Helping Improve Local Lives) MHC with the evening rally.
The largest fundraiser for the Charity League is Bargain Fair. Held annually in the fall, the Bargain Fair is a place to purchase toys and clothing for children of all ages and a vast variety of items from furniture to sporting goods. It encompasses quite a bit of work for the active members, but it is a time for everyone to work together. It usually takes at least a year to prepare for these few hours when people begin lining up about two hours before the doors open to a wonderland of finds. For more information, click here.
Charity League Cookbook
Current members are continuing the long-standing tradition of creating the sought after Charity League cookbooks with the development of a new edition. Members gather and organize recipes, design the cookbook, and participate in taste testing before it is published.
Touch A Truck
Touch A Truck is a fundraiser, which showcases dozens of different modes of transportation for people to see, hear and touch. There is a monster truck, fire truck, ambulance, helicopter, race car, police car, limousine, state police motorcycle, and a crime scene truck just to name a few. During this event, children of all ages have the opportunity to get up close to vehicles of all sorts. The event is held at the Martinsville Speedway infield. For more information, click here.
Not only do members of the League give of their time,