Backyard Humanitarian is an all volunteer effort created by Stamford, CT native Angela Malizia in 2010 as a way to help others and provide ways for helpers to make a difference. A way for any and all people to be empowered and part of a team working together for the good and as a way to bring more volunteering, unity and kindness into the community. BH is an award winning team that has touched many hearts, completed hundreds of projects and has helped thousands of people. The BH dream has been made a reality because of the desire to help by family, friends & mentors who believed, joined in and continue to get involved!
"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one" - C.S. Lewis
From Backyard Humanitarians
Paula – “Just got back from another Backyard Humanitarian volunteer opportunity. We sorted, washed, dried and packed up 196 coats for the homeless and people in need of warm winter coats. And while doing so, old friends were reacquainted, new friends were made and some of us caught up. But best of all, more opportunities were discussed. I'm proud to be a Backyard Humanitarian!
Gus – “I went there to help those who are in need and instead they ended up helping me remember what’s really important in life. Wow, I never knew that the one in need was me! Thank you.
Mike- “What a great feeling after helping out for an hour out of my day!”
Leah – “Such a great group, it was a great feeling to be apart of the coat sort and know that these coats go right to the people in need.”
Susan - It was such an amazing feeling to be able to donate coats to Backyard Humanitarian! I have been blessed with so much, and to give back to those in need in the City I love is indescribable.
Cindy – “I dropped off coats today. Thanks to the good Samaritans of Stamford who wanted to help others stay warm this winter!”
Sue - "I made a best friend. I've made many new friends and had many friends from High School who I love with all my heart who also are part of this amazing group."
Cherry - "Wow! I met some great people working wi th the BH Team, and most of all I was able to reconnect with a school friend and that in itself has been a blessing. It's a great feeling to know that you have great people working with such passion and compassion with people. I've met a lot of people through this community organzation and have also sent many to this community organization to help out and to get volunteer experience. It's a true blessing to see how different walks of life can come together and make a positive impact in ones life."
Erin - "Backyard Humanitarian has given me the incredible opportunity to not only help people in need, but to learn their stories, their trials and tribulations. It's provided an irreplaceable connection with humanity that grows with each new experience. Along the way, I've been fortunate to get connected with the inspiring volunteers who work tirelessly to give of themselves." Robyn - "I am beyond fortunate to be a part of this incredible group of friends. When I was younger I was mistaken many times to be Angela Malizia...I was like who is this girl?? Well, thanks to my friend Robin, I joined her group to run the Trump Tower and through here, I finally met THE Angela Malizia! It was love at first site and from day forward, my life flourished into a world of giving back, helping others, reconnecting with old friends, making many new ones and with that, I helped inspired others to do the same and the cycle continues. I am so grateful to Ang, for following her heart and her dreams and for all of you for being a part of my world!"
Founded 2010 - Angela Malizia, Director 2010 - current Management Team 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Cherry Stephens, Chris Berlingo, Debbie Franco, Diane Mallozzi, Elissa Cohen, Gina Croke, Jennifer Moon Kozlowski, Marci Garofalo, Mario Socci, Robyn Bova, Sean Daly, Tim Croke
Team Leaders 2015 Stamford, Connecticut Tim Croke - BH Team Freedom Paula Egan - Toiletry Drive, Jesse Lewis Playground Kitty Brown - Hunger Fighters, Toiletry Drive, Blanket Drive Robyn Bova Bio - BH Team Chill - Coat Drive Erin Durante - BH Communications Team Jennifer Kozlowski Bio - BH Team Green; Yard Care & Cleanup Debbie Franco & Shirley Jaworski - Hope In Motion Michele Somody - BH Hunger Fighters; Food Drive for Zion Church Food Pantry Marci Garofalo - BH Team Wish
New Bern, North Carolina BH Team Leader - Andrea Roberts Project Leader - Barb Ludwig Projects: Winter Coat Drive 2014 & 2015
Newtown, CT Paula Egan Projects: Coat Drive. Team Leaders, Paula Egan, Betsy Hoyt 2017 - Paula Cucco Project: Coat Drive Easton, CT Joseph Pensiero Projects: Coat Drive
2013 - Shoreline/New Haven, CT BH Team Leader - Jamie Ramos Projects: Winter Coat Drive Charlotte Bacon Playground - The Sandy Ground/Where Angels Play, West Haven, CT
Project Leaders, Stamford CT 2010-2014 Paula Egan, Kitty Brown, Kelley Lombardo, Tim Croke, Mike Yaggi, Jodi Amato, Roseann Plank, Stefanie Ryan, Jimmy Tarzia, Sue Defreese, Robyn Bova, Colleen Sharkey, Bebe Decrescenzo, Jennifer Kozlowski
Stamford, Connecticut First Community Partners 2010 Mario's Professional Dry Cleaning, Stamford Firefighters, Stamford Youth Hockey Association, Stamford Toys & Books, Giuliano's Music Center.