A History of Sharing and Caring

Charity League is one of Charlotte’s most treasured traditions, an organization that has made a difference in our community for nearly 100 years. In 1911, Mrs. E.C. Marshall formed the “Sheltering Arms,” a group of young women who visited and worked in the charity wards of hospitals delivering flowers, providing magazines and fruit to patients, giving out Christmas baskets to needy families and supplying milk for newborn babies. Many of the original members left for college, but, as Mrs. James L. Staten recognized, the needs remained. In 1921, she established the St. Peter’s Hospital Junior Hospital Guild, working under the supervision of the senior guild. The group changed its name to Charity League of Charlotte in 1926 and in 1928 was incorporated under the new name Charity League, Inc. For years to come, this organization sent children to hospitals, paying operating fees when voluntary service could not be found. In 1949, Charity League opened the Sunshine Day Nursery school on Seigle Avenue. The school was so successful in meeting the needs of local children that it needed more space. In February 1958, Charity League built a new facility on Jackson Ave., providing the perfect preschool. When the property was sold in 2002, the League broadened its rich fundraising heritage to touch the lives of thousands of Charlotte-area children.

A Mission of Service

Charity League, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to actively enhancing the lives of Charlotte area children by promoting academic achievement, pro-social behavior and self-worth through volunteerism. 

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.









Our Motto: Brightening children's lives since 1921.