We give back.
Here are some of the ways CSA gets involved with the community.
Stockings With Care
Founded in New York in 1992 by CSA member Rosalie Joseph and Tom Fontana, Stockings With Care is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making sure that New York-area families in need have everything they need to create the magic of Christmas morning for their kids. Last year, Stockings With Care played Santa to over 1,500 kids. For us, it's about opening hearts, inspiring dreams and preserving the dignity of parents and their families. Stockings With Care works with coalitions which assist families either living in homeless shelters or who are in jeopardy of becoming homeless and cannot afford to celebrate their holiday. Social workers at each of these coalitions work with the parents to make their wish lists. These lists are passed on to Stockings With Care. Through the generosity of our individual Santas, private and corporate donors and a small army of volunteers, we make sure that every child gets at least two things on their list and that each child has at least three gifts to open on Christmas morning. Thousands of gifts are wrapped and delivered to the parents, empowering them to create magic for their kids.
Casting Society Cares
Through their annual holiday drive, CSA gathers funds to redistribute as gift cards for children in need during the winter holidays. Charities we support include: Para Los Ninos, Jewish Family Services, Beyond Shelter, and the LA Dept of Children and Family Services. Hundreds of LA’s neediest kids have something to look forward to at the holidays. One of the Casting Society Cares’ most popular fundraisers has been the variety show “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You”, with performances by members of the casting community. What they may lack in talent, they make up for in heart!
Over the past few years CSA members in Los Angeles have participated in the Big Sunday Weekend – the largest regional community service event in America. It’s when thousands of people from all over California, of all ages and all backgrounds, work together at nonprofits, schools and other agencies which need their help, working to build community through community service. A few of CSA’s past projects have included refurbishing an LA elementary school garden; painting, cleaning up and organizing a school theatre, and hosting a day of bingo and activities with seniors.
Meals For Monologues
Since 2007, various casting offices around the United States organize and see actors who participate in food drives – a great way to give back to the community and see actors at the same time. The program currently serves Chicago, Portland, Oklahoma and Louisiana, with new areas added every year. In 2011 – MFM collected 46 boxes for the Louisiana SPCA and Second Harvest, 831 lbs of food for the Oregon Food Bank, almost 500 items in Oklahoma, and after seeing 300 people in Chicago, 30 boxes of food were collected for the Chicago Food Depository.