National Charity League chapter allows Carmel moms, daughters to serve together


By Chris Bavender

A desire to find opportunities to serve the community alongside their daughters led two Carmel women to establish a local chapter of the National Charity League.

“After researching National Charity League, Inc. more, we quickly realized it was so much more than just giving back. We knew we had to bring this amazing organization to other Carmel moms and daughters,” said Jen Hare, co-president of the NCL Carmel chapter. “We started thinking about the friendships our girls would make beyond their own middle school, and the idea of them going into high school with girls who had started on this journey with them was very exciting.”

Hare and co-President Jen Goehl met with friends to share the idea, and by the end of the evening they had formed a board of eight additional women.

NCL’s mission is to develop socially responsible community leaders and strengthen the mother-daughter relationship through hands-on volunteer service for philanthropic organizations in the community.

Goehl was first introduced to NCL several years ago when she lived in Atlanta, Ga., through her sister-in-law and niece.

“Their mission was exactly what we were looking for,” Goehl said. “I am so excited to finally be able to be a part of this organization with my own daughter and experience all it has to offer.”

Goehl and Hare said their hope is that the girls in the program will “be able to look beyond themselves and our town toward others with a giving heart.”

The Carmel chapter has more than 100 mothers and daughters. Because it is a new chapter, it is only enrolling grades seven through nine with spots still available for incoming eighth- and ninth-graders. 

For more, visit the NCL Carmel chapter on Facebook or email For information on NCL, Inc. nationally, visit

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