OUR FOUNDING STORY
Project Barkada was formed
by Deirdre Levy, Joey Golja, and Lugao Kasberg in New York City, the epicenter of Covid-19 pandemic, during the Spring of 2020 as a way to help those in the community most at risk. They worked with local businesses to bring food and drinks to front line workers, healthcare providers and people in need.
Since then, they have delivered over 180,000 meals, spanning all five boroughs of New York City and the Philippines. To this day, they continue to bring communities together, growing their purpose of helping one 'Barkada' at a time.
Lugao Kasberg is a social artist using film and photography to help communities. He has documented Project Barkada's process from inception to delivery. Lugao believes in working with other heart-centered people to create positive long lasting change. He strives for global peace. Visit Lugao.co to learn more about his work.
President & Co-Founder
Joey Golja is the owner of Snap HD Photobooth, Garage Goat NYC, Boutique Vinyl, Tito Boys Burger's and Tito Papas. Former event coordinator for MTV, Joey believes in developing relationships with other people to help friends in need. Joey’s partnerships have allowed him to get creative with #projectbarkada’s goals. Be on the lookout for the next art show or car wash. Joey believes that any creative idea can help others.
Deirdre Levy is a special educator in Brooklyn. In addition to being a remote learning teacher during the COVID19 pandemic, Deirdre schedules, organizes and facilitates the deliveries through #projectbarkada. She also volunteers in mutual aid efforts by delivering PPE to seniors in NYCHA housing. For more information, check out deirdrelevy.com.
MEET OUR TEAM
Our Team are 100% volunteers from our community
who have dedicated their time, knowledge and skills
to share and spread our cause.
Mona Lisa Tan
Events Director & Board Secretary
Health & Wellness Director
Chef Harold Villarosa
Community Chair South
Chief Bonding Officer
Cheska Mae Perez
Community Outreach Director
Angel John Lavilla
Community Chair Midwest
Rea Mae Azcueta