Welcome to the National Christ Child Society Member Resource Center. Please watch an introduction from Carol Pickle, NCCS President
Whether you are a brand new chapter member or a longstanding chapter leader, we hope you find valuable information and tools here that will help you serve the children in your community more easily and effectively.
This section provides information members can use in your service for Christ Child:
To answer general questions about the organization
To download the Manuals for Challenging Poverty and the Day of Service Handbook
To evaluate Program Materials for a wide variety of chapter programs
To review your role as a Chapter Leader – including roles as President, Treasurer, Secretary and Program Chairs.
To help you communicate effectively with your community using our Marketing and Branding resources.
To be inspired and to be able to inspire others with the spiritual foundation of our Society
Every chapter needs to raise funds to ensure ongoing support for its programs. We have had some great examples of small and large chapter fundraisers presented at Conferences and Conventions.
We encourage you to take a look at the ideas listed below for inspiration as you plan your own chapter fundraisers.
Our committed volunteer members are the heart and hands of the Christ Child Society. Our chapters welcome members with diverse skills and backgrounds who are interested in making a difference in children’s lives. Chapters offer members a variety of volunteering opportunities along with the opportunity to make new friends, have fun and learn new skills.
All chapters, whether young or old, small or large, must focus on recruiting, retaining and recognizing members to ensure they remain able to carry out their mission and execute their programs. In addition to reviewing the Membership section of the NCCS Chapter Guide, we encourage you to explore the resources below to help your local chapter strengthen membership.
Included below are applications, speeches, fliers and other materials used by various chapters to help recruit new members.
Marketing & Communications
The Christ Child Society has been in existence since 1887 and has developed a valuable brand. NCCS has many resources to help you apply the Christ Child Society identity in a consistent manner to further strengthen our organization and build awareness and equity of the brand itself.
Our brand reflects the National Christ Child Society values. We are Empowering, Dignifying, Loving, Serving and Engaging. These values should be woven into our communications in ways that relate to the audiences and communities we are reaching out to.
Our national and chapter logos and marketing materials embody the spirit of our vision and the substance of our culture. NCCS provided professional logo files to each chapter in 2016. If you are unable to locate the files, please contact the office and we will provide you with another set.
Please use our brand guidelines and brand values matrix to help your chapter effectively communicate your story and gain awareness through association with the national organization and its 46 chapters across the United States.
All files in Marketing and Communications – this is a zip file containing all of the Marketing and Communications resources so you can extract them as needed and have them on your local computer. Click here for the zip file.
Please visit our Videos & Webinars page to view our webinar Using Social Media to Connect People to Your Christ Child Society Chapter and access valuable resources to assist in the development and maintenance of your chapter’s social media presence.
Our positive impact on children’s lives depends upon our volunteers delivering high quality programs. We have developed multiple resources to help those building, planning, operating or evaluating programs, starting with our Challenging Poverty Manual, and extending to additional volunteer training resources, educational information to be included in layettes, and even sewing patterns. Whether you are a chapter president or a potential volunteer, here are some materials to guide you:
Challenging Poverty Manual, including:
Cultural Competency (Section B, Page 9)
Program Development (Section C, Page 13)
Program Evaluation (Sections D, E, Page 22)
Examples of Literacy and Empowerment Programs (Page 70)
The Red Wagon Award
Every two years at the National Convention, NCCS recognizes a chapter with an outstanding program with the Red Wagon Award. The winning chapter is given a $1,000 grant to help support further innovation and development of the program. The chapter benefits from the monetary award and national promotion of its award-winning program. The award is a great opportunity to obtain local press coverage and we encourage all chapters to apply for this award.
More than 50% of our chapters are operating literacy programs and more chapters are planning to join the initiative – the impact on youth is powerful and impacts their future directly. If your chapter would like to improve or expand your current literacy program or start a new one, these resources will help, programs with best practices.
Development of Reading Programs for Young Children by Lillian Restaino-Baumann, Ph.D – provides educational guidance on how to design your reading enrichment programs to help young children master reading comprehension.
Read to Me Card – the bilingual NCCS Read to Me card is a great addition to layettes, tucked into a book given to a child, or offered for use by caregivers by our partner schools and agencies. These cards are provided to our chapters by NCCS and are designed to give parents and caregivers tips on how to engage babies in language developing activities.
Baby Welcome Bundle Resources
Layette Project Evaluation Tool
Layette Content Summary
Educational Literature for Layettes
Layette Vendor List
Ordering Information for Blue Canvas Layette Bags
Read to Me Card
Calm Your Baby Card
No Blanket in Crib Tag/Label
(Please note: If you are printing the labels, you use Avery label 5164, size 3.33×4″)
If you are a chapter leader, you can streamline your work by taking advantage of detailed resources designed just for you. You can start with the Chapter Guide, which is the NCCS “encyclopedia” for chapter leaders, or focus on the toolkits and other documents available for the various types of chapter officers. Either way, we encourage those who are installed as chapter officers to review these materials at the beginning of their terms, and for those interested in potentially serving as a chapter officer to investigate these resources in advance. For chapter leaders with responsibilities for programs, marketing & communications, fundraising and spirituality, there is a separate resource page for each of these topics.
This is your complete guide for educating your leaders and members and will help you run an effective chapter so you can more effectively serve more children. You will find helpful information on NCCS’ relationship with its chapters, chapter roles and responsibilities, policies & procedures, program and membership and much more in the NCCS Chapter Guide.
Chapter Leadership Resources:
Total Board Leadership Package – This is a zip file containing all of the files so you can extract them as needed and have on your local computer. Chapter Guide with All Toolkits.
Mary Virginia Merrick was known for her direct service to children, a service born of, and constantly inspired by, her love and devotion to the Incarnation, for love of the Christ Child. She saw each child as the Christ Child and took seriously the Gospel call, “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Father Ted Hesburgh, Notre Dame President Emeritus (featured below in the video filmed just before his death in 2015) said “her life is an example to men and women everywhere that together we can positively influence social change.”
We encourage all chapter members who come together for a meeting, to recite the Christ Child Society prayer and to offer members opportunities for personal spiritual growth. Some of these opportunities may include celebrating Founder’s Day on or around March 25th (the Annunciation of our Lord), Retreats or Days of Reflection during Lent or Advent, Commitment Rituals for members, or attending Mass together periodically.
Several spiritual resources are included here, but please contact the office if you are looking for more information and we will help.
Mary Virginia Merrick biography — Available in the Shop
Visit our Videos and Webinars page to find an inspiring video presentation on The Life & Legacy of Mary Virginia Merrick.
For more information on our founder and the cause for canonization please visit maryvirginiamerrick.org and follow us on
“Love in the heart of a child for Christ…was the inspiration which gave birth to the Christ Child Society.”
Mary Virginia Merrick, Servant of God