Our Present


The Italian Welfare League is one of New York’s oldest Italian charities.  Proudly, we celebrated our 90th anniversary in 2010 where it all began on Ellis Island.

Babies born aboard ships arriving from Italy on their way to the United States during the 1920’s, were greeted at the piers with a bassinet and enough clothes for a year. These items were distributed to the infants and incoming immigrants and were assisted at a desk on Ellis Island –  run by the Italian Welfare League. In nine decades, this charitable organization has gone from helping Italian immigrants on the New York City piers to assisting children of Italian descent who have medical problems or are suffering from emotional trauma.  These youngsters are affectionately called, “I Nostri Bambini” and have been adopted  into the League’s family of caring members and supporters.

Since the year 2001, the League has raised and donated approximately $1,600,000 to its growing family of Bambini.  In addition to individual cases, grants have been made to:

  • Helping Hands Behavioral Outreach (Old Bethpage, NY)
  • Assn. for Children with Down Syndrome (Plainview, NY)
  • Children’s Skin Disease Foundation (Walnut Creek, CA)
  • Cooley’s Anemia (New York, NY)
  • Rocking Horse Rehabilitation (W.Orange, NJ)
  • Adult and children with Learning & Developmental Disabilities (Bay Shore, NY)
  • Special Strides Disabilities-Kramer Center (Monroe Township, NJ)
  • Alpine Learning Center  (Paramus, NJ)
  • Dancing Dreams (Bay Shore, NY)
  • Angela’s House (Hauppauge, NY)
  • Shooting Stars Gymnastics (Wycott, NJ)
  • Autism Think Tank (Warren, NJ)
  • Catholic Charities (New York, NY)
  • Developmental Disabilities Institute (Smithtown, NY)
  • Jewels Institute (New Rochelle, NY)
  • Yellow Boots Long Term Recovery (Staten Island, NY)

These are small steps in a big world.  The League cares about these “Bambini” and hopes you do too and are willing to support its mission.


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