Broadway Babysitters has created an album through their sister company, Broadway Lullabies, Non-Profit. Proceeds from the album will go to benefit TDF Autism Initiative, Ramapo for Children and Broadway Babysitter's audition drop-off center. We asked Broadway Babysitters and podcast guest Vasthy Mompoint (SpongeBob SquarePants) why she felt compelled to create the album.
I created Broadway Lullabies to support causes that mean the most to me.
With that, my story begins with Natasha.
Natasha was a summer babysitting job that turned into one of the most important relationships I have ever had. 18 years later, I am still with her. Working with her has inspired me to dedicate my life to not only helping children on the spectrum but to help the parents of those on the spectrum have an easier life.
Through her, I have learned patience. Through the parents, I have learned true love and both have made me incredibly humble and grateful for the life I have. I couldn't think of a better person to dedicate this album to then my Natasha.
Two of the organizations we are giving to are some my favorite organizations that support this cause.
TDF Autism Initiative is a program that allows Broadway Shows to strip down costumes, lights, and effects to make Broadway Shows Autism Friendly. In 2011, The Lion King was the first show to participate, and shows such as Mary Poppins, Spider-Man, Wicked, Matilda, The Phantom of the Opera and Aladdin have joined the rank of providing children and their families with a friendly, supportive environment for families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues. The productions reduce jarring sounds or strobe lights focused into the audience. In the lobby, they provide quiet activity areas that are staffed with autism specialists just in case the child has to leave their seats during the performance. TDF even produced a video social narrative that describes how best to navigate Times Square and a downloadable social narrative with pictures of the theatres and productions for the families before the performance. I just think they are the coolest.
We are also donating to Ramapo for Children, a summer camp for children with special needs located in Rhinebeck NY. I have been there for the past 2 summers and it is a beautiful/special place. Our funds will help their arts programs and help provide scholarships to children who can not afford to attend. We would also like to get Artists out to the Camp and teach improv, dance, singing and more!
The other cause that means a lot to me is helping artists who are struggling with childcare. We will be using the proceeds from this album to help to qualify unemployed artists with child care. We also hope to funds our Audition drop-off center. Auditions are one of the biggest burdens for Artist Parents. We will be able to provide a consistent space, where parents will be able to drop their little ones with us while they head to auditions or class! Broadway Babysitters will be able to staff the Center with qualified Child Caregivers in a safe environment while they book away!
I believe artists make amazing parents. Unfortunately, most cannot afford to have them. We hope to help.