Birthdays should be a chance for each child to feel especially loved and celebrated. But unfortunately, many children don't have the opportunity to experience anything special on their day. That's where we step in.
We also believe in the idea of kids helping kids, and of teaching them about giving back. That's why we invite kids and teens to volunteer with us!
Our volunteer birthday board gives their time and expertise to support and inspire the joy of giving in our volunteers and in the community. Pictured left to right is Founder, Carrie Green, Lynn Wilmarth, Jennifer DeAngelo, & Christine Pallotta-Reder.
In January 2017, founder Carrie Green was shopping clearance toys with the intention of donating them the following holiday season, but wished there was an easy way to get them to the children sooner and thought 'there ought to be a program for birthdays.' After a few days of thought, and with the input of friends and family, she developed the concept for Happy Birthday Cha Cha Cha. Within a few weeks the program was up and running out of Carrie's basement. In our first school year, Happy Birthday Cha Cha Cha has brought birthday joy to 7 Rochester City School District classrooms and 129 children.
In 17/18, we provided for 422 children
In 18/19, we provided for 754 children
In 19/20 we will provide for 1,000 children in Rochester and we are thrilled to announce the opening of our second chapter in Central NY and will provide for 100 children in the Rome, NY City School District !
If you have a passion for children and for giving back, a willingness to fund raise, and want to start a chapter in your area, contact Carrie on how to get started!