News & Events
  • APRIL, 2016
    Happy Birthday to Seamen’s Society!
    Happy Birthday to Seamen’s Society!

    Seamen's Society is celebrating its birthday on April 2, 2016. We will be 170 years old. We have been weathering life’s storms since our inception in 1846. Our philosophy has not changed any. Today we serve over 1500 children and 800 families annually in both Staten Island and Brooklyn. We believe that every child deserves a chance. We are committed to our mission to provide all our children with the roots and wings they need to grow

  • JANUARY 2016
    Roots & Wings Appreciation Award
    Roots & Wings Appreciation Award

    Valerie Grant Martin, Recipient of the first “Roots & Wings” Appreciation Award with Annette Angiuli, Board of Trustee Chairman and William Sabado, President/CEO

  • JANUARY 2016
    Seamen’s Society President/CEO, Board Of Trustee Chairman and Safe Harbor Award Honorees, Peter Tesoriero and South Shore Kiwanis Club
  • JANUARY 2016
    Cirque D’Espoir
    Cirque D’Espoir

    Seamen’s Society held its annual gala, “Cirque D’Espoir” on Thursday, October 29th at the Excelsior Grand. The theme this year was one of “hope” for a brighter future for our children and families

  • MARCH , 2014
    March is Social Work Month
    March is Social Work Month

    Seamens would like to recognize and praise all individuals in the social work profession for their outstanding work and dedication to the children and families they serve so diligently. Read more about social work month in our newsletter.

  • JANUARY 14, 2014
    Scholarship Reunion
    Scholarship Reunion

    On January 14, 2014 Seamen’s Society held its 4th Annual Scholarship Reunion at our headquarters. Ten scholarship recipients home for winter break joined staff, donors and the board of trustees for an enjoyable evening filled with good food. Excitement and laughter filled the room fueled by tidbits of everyone’s life and school experiences.

  • NOVEMBER 2013
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  • NOVEMBER 1, 2013
    National Adoption Month
    National Adoption Month

    November is National Adoption Month. In honor of this occasion Seamen’s Society has available its new 2014 Desktop Calendar dedicated to our Adoptive Families. If you are interested in purchasing a calendar please contact Development at 718-447-7740 ext. 4269. The cost of the calendar is $20. All money will benefit the many children and families that we serve. 

  • NOVEMBER 2013
    Thanking our Gala Sponsors
    Thanking our Gala Sponsors
    Seamen’s Society would like to say a big thanks to all our sponsors, donors and guests who made this evening a success.
  • JUNE 11, 2013
    Seamen’s Society for Children and Families Elects New Trustee
    Seamen’s Society for Children and Families Elects New Trustee

    The 167th Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Seamen’s Society for Children and Families was held at their headquarters, at 50 Bay Street, on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. One new trustee, Laura Fitzsimmons Volsario, the Director of Operations at Gateway Arms Realty in St. George, Staten Island was elected to the Board of Seamen’s Society for Children and Families. 

  • DECEMBER, 2012
    Black & White Gala at the Vanderbilt at South Beach
    Black & White Gala at the Vanderbilt at South Beach

    Standing Left to Right: Nancy Vomero, President/CEO Seamen’s Society; Ralph Branca, Board Chair Seamen’s Society; Caroline Ferreri, Gala Chair; Allan Weissglass, Chair Staten Island Foundation; Cesar J. Claro, ED Richmond County Savings Foundation

    Seated Left to Right: Mary Petrone, Principal P.S. 19; Jeanne Raleigh, teacher P.S. 19; Betsy Dubovsky, ED Staten Island Foundation

    On Thursday, October 25, 2012 Seamen’s Society held its Black & White Gala at the Vanderbilt at South Beach. This year’s Save Harbor Award honorees were Richmond County Savings Foundation, Staten Island Foundation and P.S. 19 in West Brighton. Over 225 guests were in attendance where they dined, danced, enjoyed musical entertainment and participated in a silent auction.

    On Thursday, October 25, 2012 Seamen’s Society held its Black & White Gala at the Vanderbilt at South Beach. This year’s Save Harbor Award honorees were Richmond County Savings Foundation, Staten Island Foundation and P.S. 19 in West Brighton. Over 225 guests were in attendance where they dined, danced, enjoyed musical entertainment and participated in a silent auction.

  • JANUARY 09, 2012
    Challenge from Bill Clinton turns into a windfall for Seamen's Society
    Challenge from Bill Clinton turns into a windfall for Seamen's Society

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A challenge from charismatic former President Bill Clinton attracted $50,000 in donations for the Seamen's Society for Children and Families over the holiday season.

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  • OCTOBER 28,2011
    Clinton Honors Staffer's Efforts At Annual S.I. Gala
    Clinton Honors Staffer's Efforts At Annual S.I. Gala

    The event raised $100,000 -- half of the money the Seamen's Society has lost in federal aid due to budget cuts.

    "All we need is another hundred thousand and we won't have to cut any of

  • OCTOBER 27, 2011
    For Bill Clinton aide, foster mother's her chief role.
    For Bill Clinton aide, foster mother's her chief role.

    Laura Graham's Staten Island home might not be a permanent stop for foster kids. But it doesn't stop each little one from staking out a steadfast slice of real estate within her heart.

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SCHOLARSHIP

Seamen’s Society’s Scholarship Program

For our foster care youth, Seamen’s Society stands in place of parents in some instances. For other youth, our programs serve as a positive alternative to the streets. All of our youth receive our encouragement and support to set high expectations for them, and to help define their hopes and aspirations for the future.

To do this effectively, our children need our financial assistance when they graduate from high school and go on to college or vocational schools. Since its inception in 1998, Seamen’s has awarded 156 scholarships.

On Wednesday, July 10, 2013 Seamen’s Society held its 16th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner at the Vanderbilt on Staten Island. This year, 19 young men and women were presented scholarship awards to assist them in their pursuit of higher education in various local and out of state colleges. Over 100 guests attended, including, donors, members of Seamen’s Board of Trustees, representatives from local community leaders, individuals and staff joined in on the festivities and extended their congratulations to our recipients. Seamen’s Society also acknowledged our very special donors for their continued support of the program that started in 1998. To date, 40 students have graduated from the program.

Below are some of the colleges our students are enrolled in:

  • Oswego State University
  • Mount Saint Mary College
  • Middlesex Community College
  • College of Staten Island
  • New England Institute of Technology
  • University of Buffalo
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • Hobart & Williams Smith College
  • SUNY Plattsburg
  • SUNY Old Westbury
  • Seton Hall University
  • Wagner College
  • Russell Sage- Albany
  • Pace University
  • Borough of Manhattan Community College

In 2013, the following scholarships were funded by individuals and organizations in the community. We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of them:

Endowed Scholarships

  • Eugene and Anne McCaffery Memorial Scholarship
  • Janet Comtois Stirn Memorial Scholarship
  • TD Bank Endowed Scholarship

Annual Scholarships

  • Brooklyn Foster Parents’ Association Scholarship
  • Embler-Cilenti Family Scholarship
  • Annie B. Mariner Scholarship
  • Robert F. O’Donnell Scholarship
  • Margie Ree Stephens Scholarship
  • Mid Island Rotary Club Scholarship
  • PS 19 Young Helpers Scholarship
  • Staten Island Children’s Campaign Charitable Trust
  • The Board of Trustees Scholarship
  • Staten Island Rotary Foundation/Ann H.& Norbert Leeseberg Memorial Scholarship
  • South Shore Kiwanis Club
  • Stephen Siller-Let Us Do Good Children’s Foundation Scholarship
  • Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation Scholarship
  • Legacy Society Scholarship

 

Please welcome the new members of the “Legacy Society”

Priscilla Dunhill
Victory State Bank
Anonymous
Rose M. Volpe
Deborah Jean Stinson
Linda Steinman
Prime Landscape Services, LLC
Bennett & Rhonda Pine
Steven A. Mirones
David Karbowski
JRT Realty Group
Clifford & Ethel Holtermann
Virginia Hartie
DeSantis Kiefer Shall & Sarcone LLP
Cuddy & Feder LLP
Murray Berman
Angela Angell
Rosy Branca

The “Legacy Society” was created for those individuals who would like to support the Scholarship Fund and don’t want to create an individual scholarship of their own. All monies will go into one fund to create the Legacy Scholarship. To become a member of the “Legacy Society” donate now and make a stake into the future of a high school senior who wishes to continue his/her education at a college or vocational school. To learn more about the “Legacy Society” please contact Christina Marino @ 718-447-7740 ext. 4269 or Christinamarino@roots-wings.org

Click here for the 2014 Program Scholarship Brochure

To make a donation or receive information on how to set up a scholarship fund please contact the Development Office at 718-447-7740 ext. 4269 or email ChristinaMarino@roots-wings.org.  You may also download our Scholarship Fund Brochure.

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