There are plenty of people out there and it is our job to find them and offer an opportunity they’ll enjoy. We hope to see you at our next program.
LLF and its volunteers continue to create programs benefiting underserved children and their families across South Florida. The goal being the creation of an ideal assistance mechanism for the Good Samaritans of our community to find opportunities to give back. The Little Lighthouse Foundation provides a diverse list of volunteer opportunities, along with a friendly voice to help in the selection, and the all-important Chapter Leader to make the assimilation into volunteering as easy as possible.
The Little Lighthouse Foundation (“LLF”) is a registered 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization that assists underserved children and their families. This support comes through the deployment of LLF’s volunteers. Volunteers work with children in an array of different facilities and environments ranging but not limited to, homeless shelters, hospitals, and youth centers.
This support is derived from recruiting and educating passionate, caring, socially conscious South Floridians, and then deploying them throughout Little Lighthouse Foundation programming and beneficiary charities. In addition, Little Lighthouse Foundation raises monies to provide direct support to children and their families within its mission. Through a new paradigm of fundraising and awareness, Little Lighthouse Foundation financially supports its own programming and numerous partner organizations throughout South Florida, along with dispatching hundreds of volunteers who donate their time and hearts.
We aim to become a model, inspiring disparate yet passionate groups of friends, young professionals and social leaders to design, formalize and therefore bypass traditional philanthropy and take action in their communities to benefit children.
Through powerful social networks, dynamic events and fostering professional aspirations, the Little Lighthouse is a charitable paradigm of the future, taking action first, asking questions later, and positively impacting the lives of terminally ill children and financially-struggling families sooner than later.
LLF exists to offer the following services to its community:
- Accessible and diverse volunteer opportunities for those actively looking to donate their time
- Bringing smiles to the underprivileged youth of South Florida
- Fulfilling our mission with proprietary programming and concepts, along with like-minded partners
Our dream paints the Little Lighthouse as the “top of mind” volunteer organization in South Florida; where those interested find few barriers when attempting to give back to their community.
The Little Lighthouse Foundation (“LLF”) and its volunteers continue to create programs benefiting underserved youth. With the deployment of its 3,000+ volunteers and its various programs, LLF is able to provide relief to the underserved children and families within the community.
In 2004, LLF Founder Robert Sena moved from New York City to Miami and operated the Miami chapter of his favorite New York City-based organization. In 2010, he decided it was in the best interest of the facilities and children he served in the Miami area to create an organization based and operated in South Florida. Recruiting the help of active LLF board members and co-founders Aaron Resnick and Charlie Venturi, the Little Lighthouse Foundation was born in January 2010. LLF then launched its first program, Adopt-a-Meal, at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) where volunteers serve meals to the families of children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.
Since then, LLF has grown in strides. In 2016, The Little Lighthouse Foundation impacted the lives of over 3,400 children with over 7,000 volunteer hours. LLF was able to implement 24 programs with 12 different partner facilities across South Florida, impacting children of all ages.
The Little Lighthouse Foundation aims to make volunteer opportunities accessible for those who are ready and willing to give their time. We encourage individuals who are looking for a way to invest in their community to volunteer at our programs. Any LLF volunteer will tell you there is no feeling comparable to positively impacting a child’s day, year or even their life. The feeling of gratification is inarguably two-fold, as volunteers leave our programs feeling just as fulfilled as the children do.
Aaron Resnick, a graduate of Leadership Miami, is a leader in the Miami’s legal and cultural arts scene and the managing partner of the Law Offices of Aaron Resnick, P.A. Mr. Resnick was awarded the “Shining Star” Award by the Arts & Business Council of Miami, Inc. This award each year honors the top Miami business professional supporting the arts and cultural community. Mr. Resnick was the founding chairperson of the Friends of the New World Symphony, and now serves permanently on its Executive Committee. He also sat on the Board of Directors for the Miami Design Preservation League for over 10 years.
He has served on the executive committee for numerous young patron groups in South Florida including, but not limited to: Best Buddies of South Florida, Big Brothers Big Sister’s Impact Circle, Art Crowd of the Bass Museum, the Green Room Society for the Center for Performing Arts, the Tropees of the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, the Jewish Legal Society of Miami, and the MOCA Shakers amongst others. He is also active in local, state and national politics. He is a Regional Board Member of the Maccabi World Union and a member of the Ben Gurion Society of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.Currently, he is a member of the Silver Director’s Circle for the Bass Museum, the Leadership’s Circle for the Museum of Contemporary Art (Miami), the Maestro’s Circle for the Friends of the New World Symphony, and a Supporting Member of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (and a member of the Green Room Society). Professionally, Mr. Resnick is an attorney, who honed his craft at one of Florida’s oldest and most prestigious firms, Gunster Yoakley, before starting his own boutique law firm in 2005 with offices now in Miami, Boca Raton, Gainesville/Ocala, Jacksonville and New York City.
Mr. Resnick is admitted to all of the state and federal courts in Florida and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Resnick’s law practice concentrates on business and commercial litigation, real estate, and sports and entertainment law. His current practice also includes the personal representation of a number of current and former professional athletes in the National Football League, the National Basketball League and Major League Baseball, as well as members of the arts, fashion and entertainment world. Mr. Resnick himself is an avid collector of art, and is in a partnership with a famous celebrity photographer promoting and marketing his photographs, www.artofthenight.com. Mr. Resnick has lectured on art fraud and is in the process of writing a book related to some of the major art fraud cases of the 20th century. In addition to being an attorney, Mr. Resnick is one of the owners of Faction Capital, LLC, a distressed asset consulting firm, and AJAX Entertainment, LLC, a marketing company targeting young professionals and patrons of the cultural arts.
Robert Sena has been a Miami Beach resident since 2004. He holds a B.A. in Business Management from Gettysburg College and has a Master’s of Science from New York University in Real Estate, with a concentration in Development. He is active as a real estate investor and developer across the country. He worked with a non profit from NYC from 2002- 2009 prior to founding the LLF.
Charlie Venturi is one of the few South Beach natives you will ever meet. He was born at Mount Sinai Hospital and currently resides in Bay Harbor. Charlie attended Emory University with Aaron Resnick and works as the managing director of LIVE IT Productions International. Charlie’s boutique event firm specializes in LIVE musical event production all over the world.
Meet Our Staff
Jonathan Babicka was born and raised in Bergen County, New Jersey. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Communications, Babicka moved to Florida where he began his career distributing hair products through his company BDF Master Distributors. Opening Primp Salon in May 2009 sparked his passion for working with non-profits through events and fashion shows. An active philanthropist, Babicka is involved in a variety of incredible charities in South Florida, and the Little Lighthouse Foundation has always been one of Babicka’s favorites. Now, as Executive… Director of the Little Lighthouse Foundation, Babicka is concentrating his life’s work to focus on the needs of children and their families, issues near and dear to his heart. Babicka is the creator of PhilanTropic Lifestyle, integrating high profile brands with nonprofit organizations to raise awareness through online marketing, program development, and events. Babicka has also been a member of the Educational Foundation of America’s Adjunct Committee, and a member of the Prentice Foundation since the age of 18. A Miami Beach resident for over 13 years, Babicka is happily married to his wife, Missy Babicka, and a proud dad to their daughter, Layla.
Originally born in Sandusky, Ohio, Jason Venger has been a part of the South Florida community for over 20 years. He graduated from the University of Miami in 2004 with a B.A. in Marketing and Sports Management. Following his passion to help those in need, Jason has produced over 500 fundraising events and has developed and managed countless programs and community initiatives. Today he sits as founder and President of V2R Group, where he and his team work endlessly to help their clients achieve their mission and goals in the community.
Priscilla Roman was born and raised in Miami, Florida and is a first-generation Cuban-American. Since graduating from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s’ Degree in Public Relations with an Area of Concentration in Event Planning, she has worked in the travel and automotive industries as a Project Coordinator. She is passionate about supporting and improving the community in which she was raised through volunteerism.
Amanda didn’t speak a word of English when she came to Miami from Cuba at age 9, but she quickly took hold of the idea that here, opportunities are limitless if you only put in the work. Raised by a single mother who instilled in her that despite their low income, she was never less than anyone else, Amanda grew to appreciate the importance of social responsibility and made it a goal of hers to seek out socially responsible companies.
Amanda chose a summer internship with the socially responsible Libra Group, interning as operations manager for a luxury boutique hotel while also learning from the company’s work with Syrian refugees.
While maintaining a Cum Laude GPA at FIU, Amanda volunteered with LLF in the Spring of 2018. This turned into an internship opportunity – Amanda helped create and market LLF’s many fundraising events, including the Hearts & Stars Gala Weekend 2018! As a volunteer, she also helped fundraise for MACtown in Little Haiti, a nonprofit that provides care for people with disabilities.
After becoming her family’s first U.S. college graduate, Amanda, 23, now uses her marketing background in her new role as LLF’s Marketing and Events Coordinator!