Six ninth-graders from the National Charity League of Los Angeles Ticktockers celebrated pre-Halloween Thursday, October 28th, at the St. Joseph Center in Venice by making decorations, helping with homework and sharpening literacy and computer skills after school.

“This is a new group of high school girls who are volunteering at the center on a grassroots level,” said Maria Alderete, St. Joseph Center coordinator of volunteers.

“And they have already worked with the children by putting on a production of The Wizard of Oz for the family center’s parents and children.”

The National Charity League is a nonprofit organization of mothers and daughters involved in community projects.

League volunteers have provided childcare, served meals, mentored elementary school children, painted faces at the center annual Christmas parties and painted a mural at the St. Joseph infant toddler development center.

St. Joseph Center assists more than 7,000 working poor and homeless men, women, and children each year. The center’s goal is to help these people achieve self-sufficiency through various programs at the center.