Our Mission Statement


In its 95+ year history, the Italian Welfare League has gone from helping Italian immigrants on the New York City piers find jobs and housing to its present mission of helping children of Italian American descent who are ill or have suffered an emotional trauma. We call these youngsters “I Nostri Bambini,” and have adopted them into our organization of caring members and supporters.

Since 2001, the League has raised and distributed more than $1,600,000 to hundreds of children and has given grants to several organizations which provide services to children. Some of our recipients are children with Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Down Syndrome, brain injury and Epidermolysis Bullosa. Others have cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, or are accident victims. Also, many of our recipients have lost a parent under tragic circumstances.

The League’s mission is to lend a helping hand to those bambini most needy within “la Famiglia”.


Italian Welfare League Board of Directors


Linda Carlozzi


Joan Prezioso

Vice Presidents

Kristin Knowles

Geri Caggiano


Geri DiCostanzo


Louisa Greco

Board of Directors:

Cav. Sabbia Auriti Ph.D Olga Casarella Lucrezia Gallelli Fran Gallinari Ivana Giuntoli-McCotter Linda Lombardi Celeste Marchione-Maltzman Rose Pannini Linda Perillo-Zazzali Giovanna Stellari Bea Tusiani

Affiliated Organizations

Calandra Italian American Institute Center for Migration Studies Columbus Citizens Foundation and Ladies Auxilliary Italian Heritage & Culture Committee of New York, Inc. Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations NIAF – The National Italian American Foundation NOIAW – National Organization of Italian American Women OSIA - Order Sons of Italy in America