The Catholic Charity League, Est. 1925  •

History  of the League

In December 1925, eleven young women founded the Catholic Charity League of New Haven for the purpose of advancing Catholic action and providing financial aid and volunteer services the greater New Haven area.

Financial beneficiaries have included St. Martin de Porres Academy, St. Andrew’s Home,Ronald McDonald House, Yale-New Haven Hospital. Other efforts are directed at individuals or families who often “slip through the cracks” and are not covered by traditional social services.

One of the first projects the League undertook was the Milk Fund.

The Milk Fund purchased milk for area families . Funds were also provided for groceries, rent, clothing, and emergency medical treatments.Besides providing financial aid, the League is committed to volunteerism. Each member of the League annually provides hours of personal volunteer service. These hours have been spent in hospitals, schools, and social service agencies. They have also included home workshops where members make baby clothes, toys, blankets, prayer shawls, among other items. The League has grown from a small group of committed women to a sizable charitable organization that has continues to make an impact on the greater New Haven community.

 The Scholarship Fund was established in 1966 to benefit students in the New Haven area. Scholarships are awarded annually to students at Notre Dame High School of West Haven,Sacred Heart Academy of Hamden, Lauralton Hall of Milford, andthe New Haven Scholarship Fund, as well as the Catholic elementary schools in the New Haven area.Funds have been raised annually beginning in 1966 with the 1st Poinsettia Ball. The Ball continued for many years, always on the first Saturday of December. In recent years, the Ball shifted to a Holiday Celebration on the 1st Sunday in December.

We welcome new members every year in June. If you would like to know more about membership in the Catholic Charity League, please contact us at