Founded in 2010, The Little Lighthouse Foundation (“LLF”) is a registered 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization, that assists underserved children and their families throughout South Florida. LLF has over 20 proprietary programs with 33 partner facilities, including, but not limited to, homeless shelters, hospitals, and youth centers. LLF’s programs include Adopt a Meal at Ronald McDonald House, Activity Hour, Story Hour and Move & Groove at Chapman Partnership, Craft Night and Beauty All Around at Lotus House, and more! LLF also holds annual Specialty Programs which serve hundreds of children and families at a time and bring together hundreds of volunteers. These include LLF’s Back to School, Children’s Halloween Party and Holiday Toy Distribution, among others.
As South Florida’s top volunteer organization, LLF aims to continue expanding our reach and remain the leader in volunteerism.
Our goals are to:
- Bring smiles and impactful experiences to the underprivileged youth of South Florida
- Fulfill our mission with proprietary programming and concepts with the support of like-minded partners and individuals
- Create accessible and diverse volunteer opportunities for those actively looking to donate their time
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, LLF 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 and 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.
We hope you’ll come see LLF’s impact for yourself by signing up for one of our programs today!
Co-Founders & Board of Directors
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 a Master of Science from New York University in Real Estate, with a concentration in Development. Currently, Rob has his own payment processing company. He volunteered with a non-profit from NYC from 2002- 2009 before 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.
Jeffrey Berk has worked in luxury goods sales, advertising, and finance for more than three decades, working with the world’s most coveted and iconic fashion brands. He founded Privé Porter in 2009, and with his wife, Michelle Berk, it became a global leader in luxury goods resale, covered more than thirty times by Bloomberg, Forbes, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, WWD. The Berks are passionate charity philanthropists, annually donating to an assortment of charities including ACLU, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of LA, French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF), Art for Life, and Literacy Partners of NY.
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Meet Our Staff
Jonathan Babicka, an ardent advocate for nonprofits, has dedicated nearly seven years as the executive director of The Little Lighthouse Foundation, channeling his life’s work towards supporting underserved children and their families. He passionately sheds light on critical issues close to his heart, such as food insecurity. Jonathan’s unwavering commitment to improving lives drives him to explore new avenues every day.
Originally hailing from Bergen County, New Jersey, Jonathan made his mark in Florida after relocating, embarking on a career in hair product distribution through his venture, BDF Master Distributors. In 2009, he established Primp Salon, where his passion for philanthropy blossomed. Collaborating with various events and fashion shows, Jonathan emerged as an active philanthropist, lending his support to numerous remarkable charities in South Florida.
Over time, Jonathan has cultivated an extensive network, leading him to establish PhilanTropic Lifestyle—an innovative platform that synergizes renowned brands with nonprofit organizations. Through online marketing, program development, and events, PhilanTropic Lifestyle raises awareness for vital causes.
As an engaged member of The Educational Foundation of America and The Prentice Foundation, Jonathan extends his support to local nonprofits, further strengthening his impact on the community.
At the helm of the Little Lighthouse Foundation, Jonathan continues to foster growth. Driven by his daily pursuit of personal growth and development, he finds immense fulfillment in witnessing the Foundation’s progress. When not volunteering or organizing nonprofit events, Jonathan cherishes quality time spent with his wife, Missy Babicka, as well as embracing the proud role of a devoted father to their daughter, Layla, and son, Prentice.
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.
Nicole Tate’s roots lie deep in the vibrant heart of Miami, a city that has shaped her commitment to community service from a young age. Graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in Business Administration, Nicole honed her skills in strategic planning and organizational management.
Driven by a profound love for working with children and a fervent dedication to community welfare, Nicole found her calling at the Little Lighthouse Foundation. As the Program Director, she hopes to hone in on her innate passion for making a meaningful impact.
Miami’s diversity and the exuberance of its children have always inspired Nicole. Leveraging her strategic approach and business acumen, she is committed to crafting innovative programs that not only enrich the lives of these young individuals but also illuminate brighter futures for the entire Miami community.
Nicole firmly believes in the power of collaboration and impactful partnerships. Her vision for the Little Lighthouse Foundation revolves around creating sustainable initiatives that leave an indelible, positive mark on the lives of those they serve.
Caroline Malloy is a recent graduate from the University of South Carolina. She majored in Public Relations with a minor in Women and Gender Studies.
Additionally, Caroline was a 4 year member of the Carolina Coquettes Dance Team serving as a leader to her teammates and the coordinator of community outreach performances.
Being a student at the University of South Carolina provided her the opportunity to be an adolescent mentor for at-risk youth. She developed a guidance-based relationship with her mentee that focused on individualized goal setting and the development of youth competence, confidence, character, caring, and connection.
Caroline has lived in five different states and spent a summer attending school in Nicaragua with her Grandparents. She created a donations drive to help the children of Chinandega, Nicaragua receive clothes, shoes, and school supplies. Also, she is one of five siblings and she always has been a role model for her younger siblings.
Caroline is passionate about making an impact in the community she lives in and is so proud to be apart of the Little Lighthouse Foundation family.