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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:

Missoula Children's Theatre

Each year, Charity League brings the Missoula Theatre, a Montana touring company (complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup) to Martinsville.  The company works with 50 to 60 local children to perform a play for the community and children's parents.  In December or January the local schools are notified about the auditions and performance from the Missoula Children's Theatre.  A week of rehearsals in February culminates with two Saturday performances.  Past productions have included "Red Riding Hood", "Tales of Hans Christian Anderson", "Pipi Longstocking", "The Jungle Book," "Beauty Lou and the Country Beast," and more.  Aside from the performances, skills are honed, talents emerge, confidence increases and friendships bloom for the children involved in this annual event.

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

Charity League partners with organizations within our community to apply for grants, participate in fundraising activities, and identify children in need. For the Christmas season, league members shop, wrap, and deliver Christmas gifts to older children and teens in our area who may not qualify for other Christmas charity services.  Because many other programs typically provide toys and gifts 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 the weeks leading up to Christmas.  

Bargain Fair

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.

Fundraising Gala

Each year the charity league presents our second largest fundraiser - the Charity League Gala. The planning committee works hard all year choosing a theme and planning our biggest social event. Community members are invited to purchase tickets (or tables) and join us for an evening of food, beverages, dancing, and a wonderful silent auction featuring a variety of goods. For more information on the Charity League Gala, please check our facebook page where we create an event every year. 

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, they give financial support too. Generous donations from sustainers, annual dues from the active members, and fundraisers combine to fund the work of the League. The yearly budget also includes donations to other organizations and events that impact the lives of children in Martinsville and Henry County. Some of these include the Family Clinic, Martinsville Christmas Parade, Martinsville Speedway Children's Foundation, and the Virginia Museum of Natural History.