After 8 years of supporting various children's causes in the NYC area, we are excited to announce that our primary focus will now be to support children and families affected by autism and special needs.
Our New Mission: to enhance the mind, body and spirit of children and families affected by autism and special needs, through access to alternative therapies, culturally-minded programs and services, educational resources, and unique healing experiences.
Our New Vision: to open a Healing Arts Community Center to support the various needs of special needs families, including but not limited to, educational workshops, individual support groups for parents, fathers, mothers and siblings, one-on-one resource sessions for parents, alternative therapies for children such as art and music, and recreational activities for the whole family.
We are creating a nurturing world where special needs families come together to experience community, love and joy... will you join us?
We are excited to announce our upcoming programing:
- Art Therapy Workshops at the Queens Museum
- Monthly Support Groups
- Monthly Educational Workshops
- 1-on-1 Support Sessions
- Recreational Activities
- Divine Liturgy with Holy Communion is offered on the 1st Saturday of every month at St. Catherine's Greek Orthodox Church in Astoria, NY.
> Stay tuned for additional events coming soon.
The result of a leadership project taking on a life of it's own, the Carnival of Love Foundation was founded in 2008 by three childhood friends - Anna Almiroudis, Dennisia Slabakis, and Maria Sakellis - who wanted to make an impact in our community, by throwing a fun Carnival party to raise funds for the orphans of the SOS Children's Villages in Greece.
Along with dozens of friends who volunteered from our community, we were able to donate over $300,000, to life-enriching programs and services to enhance the quality of life of children in need over a myriad of causes. Then came the 7-year itch... we took 2015 off to reimagine the future of our organization...
> If you are the parent or caregiver of a child with autism or special needs, please join our monthly parent support meetings or informational workshops specifically designed for your benefit!
> Join our mailing list to stay updated on upcoming programs and events.
> If you are a volunteer, we'd love to hear from you!
> If you'd like to donate to our programs, we'd love to hear from you too!