Who we are

Following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, a handful of friends from Astoria, Queens got together to raise money for relief efforts and (attempt to) spread some holiday cheer through song.
Some of us considered ourselves musicians; others most certainly did not. But we worked off the tradition of wassailing, in which peasants went door-to-door, singing and well-wishing in exchange for charitable donations of food and drink.

Our Giving

To date, we've raised $4,273 and secured matching grants to donate a total of $9,246 to New York based non-profits. This year, we have more and stronger voices than ever, and we hope keep up the tradition of continually shattering our fundraising goals. Caroling for Charity has become a tradition that we look forward to every year, and one that we hope to expand.

Organizers

Jamie Stellini, Founder & Fundraising Coordinator
Ashley Balavender, Co-founder & Outreach Coordinator
Elizabeth Boland, Choir Director
Liam Baum, Founding Choir Director

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Charities

In the first year, just three of us visited local businesses to sing some traditional carols in three-part harmony, and in one night raised $700. With a 2-1 matching grant for Sandy donations from a corporate sponsor, we were able to donate $2,100 to Save the Children Federation for their Sandy relief efforts.
In 2013, we expanded our repertoire and our efforts, and raised $1,400 and with a 1-1 match from our corporate sponsors, we were able to give $2,800 to New York Cares. In 2014, we once again shattered our previous fundraising records, raising $2,173. With a 1-1 match, we donated $4,346 to to New York Cares.
In 2015, thanks to the generosity of business owners and patrons, we surpassed previous years' fundraising record, bringing in $2,250. By donating to The LaGuardia Community College Foundation before the end of the year, the Foundation will receive a dollar-for-dollar match from an anonymous donor.

2012: Save the Children

In our first year, we wanted to donate to an organization that we were confident would use the funds appropriately. We chose Save the Children for their Hurricane Sandy relief effort. Save the Children has also earned a Four-Star rating from Charity Navigator for its efforts addressing hunger, health, education, HIV and AIDS, and disaster relief worldwide.
"Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. By transforming children's lives now, we change the course of their future and ours."

2013 & 2014: New York Cares

We've chosen to donate the funds we raise to New York Cares for two years because they connect volunteers to organizations in need, and in doing so assist a diverse array of New Yorkers. New York Cares has earned a Four-Star rating from Charity Navigator. Over 85% of the New York Cares budget goes to the programs and services it delivers, including personal and corporate volunteer coordination, disaster preparedness & response, and annual coat & gift drives.
"New York Cares was founded by a group of friends who wanted to take action against serious social issues that faced our city in the late 1980s. Finding few options to help, they created their own organization to address the problems from the ground up.
New York Cares is now the city's largest volunteer management organization, running volunteer programs for 1,300 nonprofits, city agencies, and public schools. Today's volunteers share our founders' vision that we all have a role to play in making our city a better place."

2015: LaGuardia Community College

LaGuardia Community College is an institution in our community that serves over 50,000 students annually. We support the college's mission to "educate and graduate one of the most diverse student populations in the country to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens who help to shape a rapidly evolving society."
"LaGuardia is a unique environment where, through a diverse offering of academic and vocational programs, students from all over the world are guided toward building a better life for themselves and their families. Though tuition at LaGuardia is low compared to other institutions of higher education, two-thirds of the LaGuardia student body come from households whose annual income does not exceed $25,000. For many, the cost of attaining a college education is truly a financial burden.
Since 2003, the LaGuardia Community College Foundation has been bridging this financial gap, having raised more than $11 million toward student scholarships, student emergency funds, and new initiatives aimed at enhancing student success."

2016: The Soldiers' Project

The 2016 caroling season is now underway, and we have planned for it to be longer than ever beofre. This year, we are collecting donations for The Soldiers' Project.
The New York chapter of "The Soldiers Project has been providing psychotherapy for post 9/11 Veterans and their loved ones for more than ten years."