2020 is the Centennial Anniversary of the Italian Welfare League! This month marks the actual anniversary we were founded. During our 100-year history, the League has gone from helping Italian immigrants on the New York City piers find jobs and housing to its present mission of helping special needs children of Italian descent whom we call “I Nostri Bambini.” Initiated after the tragic circumstances of 9/11, this “I Nostri Bambini” program has raised and distributed more than $2,000,000 to nearly 2,000 recipients.
In times of crisis, the League has always responded to the needs of the Italian community, as it has helped the orphans of World War II, supported relief efforts for Superstorm Sandy and provided funds for those impacted by earthquakes that ravaged Italy. Most recently, with a generous matching grant from the Francesco & Mary Giambelli Foundation, it has responded to the Coronavirus outbreak by providing big-box and grocery store gift cards to families that have lost jobs or cannot make ends meet. The League Board members also donated funds to “Meals for Healers,” a special initiative which provided food deliveries to healthcare workers at New York City hospitals during this pandemic.
We were eager and excited to celebrate the Italian Welfare League’s many accomplishments in more than a century of giving at our annual Autumn in New York luncheon this fall. However, due to the uncertainty of the times, we made the difficult decision to postpone this year's celebration until 2021, which coincidentally, happens to be the “gap” year between the League’s founding (1920) and incorporation (1922)… there’s something very special about that!
In the meantime, we are planning to celebrate our Centennial in other ways and we will be sure to update you with more information.
We truly appreciate the interest and support you have shown the League in the past and look forward to reconnecting with you in the future, when we can toast to our “Cent’Anni”!