As we spring forward and anticipate warmer weather, we renew the ongoing efforts of the Italian Welfare League as it expands its giving program to recipients who are suffering from physical disabilities or emotional trauma. Since 2001, this effort has enabled the League to donate more than $1,850,000 to 1,470 recipients for medical bills, special needs equipment, therapeutic services, transportation and rehabilitation.
Following our annual luncheon, the League has given $171,400 in grants to individuals, families and several organizations; including Dancing Dreams, Cooley’s Anemia, Developmental Disabilities Institute, Jewels Institute, Angela’s House, Rocking Horse Rehab, Speech Language Pathology in Motion and others.
We have also made donations for specialty items and follow-up medical care for a 20-year-old who is legally blind and required replacement of her surgically implanted hearing aids. Through our “Adopt a Family at Christmas Program” the IWL gave gift cards to a Westchester mother and her 10-year-old daughter whose husband/dad passed away from ALS. Most recently, a 4-year-old autistic boy from New Rochelle received partial payment for a special fence to prevent him from eloping, and 10 hippotherapy sessions were approved for a 3-year-old non-verbal Brooklyn boy. For the “Adopt a Family at Christmas Program”, the League board also purchased many gifts and gift cards from a wishlist for a 15-year-old Long Island girl who has undergone multiple surgeries for neurofibromatosis since she was an infant.
As the Easter holiday approaches, we hope you will be thinking of these children and consider supporting the League’s mission to make their lives more comfortable. Our dedicated group of caring volunteers continues to embrace these families during their times of need, and your generous contribution will allow us to bring them much deserved hope and joy. Please click on the Support IWL button above to make a donation.
The IWL Board and I extend heartfelt thanks for your generosity. From la nostra famiglia to yours, auguri di Buona Pasqua!
President, Italian Welfare League