History & Mission of the League

Service League members working at the coat closet in downtown Canton, circa 1958. 

As the oldest service organization in Cherokee County, Georgia, the Service League of Cherokee County has been working diligently to meet the needs of the children of this county since 1935.  Our roots run deep in this community, but we have come a long way since seven women had a dream and a desire to help the children in need. Our purpose is still the same today.  We are now 100 women strong, volunteering in excess of 10,000 collective hours to the community each year. Most of our work is done quietly; we always protect the names of the children we help. So a lot of what we do goes unnoticed, but the rewards can’t be numbered.

The Service League helps children in a number of ways and through many sources, including the public schools. Many times, a teacher or counselor contacts us with a child in need. This need could range from dental care, eyeglasses, clothing or medical care, to help with rent or a utility bill. First and foremost, we want to help with the daily needs of a child.

The Service League is always ready to help community organizations with child-related services. We also provide a scholarship program with high schools in the county. Through Special Projects, we are able to help schools with special needs for their classrooms and give to other organizations that work with children, including Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, MUST Ministries, Boys and Girls clubs, Cherokee Family Violence Center, Anna Crawford Children’s Center and DFACS, to name a few.

Honorary League Member, Pam Carnes, assists a child at an event held at the Cherokee County Health Department in the early 1990s. 

Honorary League Member, Pam Carnes, assists a child at an event held at the Cherokee County Health Department in the early 1990s. 

The work of the Service League is all around you, but the annual Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival is our flagship fundraising effort each year. Funds raised during Riverfest weekend allow us to meet the needs of children. Other fundraisers for the Service League include our annual Run for the Children "Reindeer Run" 5K/1-mile Fun Run, our Annual Ball each spring, featuring the "Dancing for the Children" celebrity dance competition and our cookbook, “Gatherings & Traditions."

A lot has changed in more than 80 years, but some things remain the same. We are 100 women who love children and want to serve them by helping meet their needs. We are the Service League of Cherokee County.