Since the founding of Oder Sons and Daughters of Italy in 1905 the goal was to create a strong foundation for Italian immigrants to find a foothold in their new home. Over the generations they have given back in various of ways. English centers to learn how to read and write, war bonds during the second world war, currently the organization has spent over 164 million dollars to natural disasters, education programs, and medical research.
Daniel J. Longo, the National President of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America describes the benefits of joining the organization for young people. Longo cites the diverse network of successful individuals found within SIF as one of the more prominent motivating factors for membership.
Longo explains that, “Once you join the Sons of Italy all the resources that the Sons of Italy has amassed over 100 years is available to you”.
Katie Vivian, a project coordinator for the Sons of Italy, describes the organization’s initiative to reach out to the younger demographic of professionals. The organization has begun to plan events such as happy hours and bocce ball tournaments to attract this younger audience.
Thomas C. Uzzo, a Sons of Italy supporter, describes the importance of cohesion among young Italian Americans. He explains that, “it is really important for young Italians to stay together in a culturally cohesive group where you share the same values and background”.
Finally, Miles Ryan Fisher, an Editor in Chief of Italian America, the official publication of the Order Sons of Italy in America. He describes how the publication brings its members information about Italian culture, heritage, and history. Fisher showcases Italian American talent that represent the culture really well, comedian Sebastian Maniscalco has been featured on the publication.
By joining the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy you experience a chance to stay connected with your heritage and learn more about the culture you’ve grown up hearing stories about.