"Service Above Self"

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The Largest Italian American Service Organization in the USA

Click here for President DeFrank's May 20 weekly message regarding the Corona virus crisis.

Pittsfield Member Pete Vacchina is helping  spread the word of hope during the Pandemic. Pete is using the sides of cinder blocks as canvas for mosaics that read "2GTHR". To create the mosaic, he cements pieces of broken tiles and mirror. Then he drives to locations where people are making a meaningful contribution to the community. 

PNP Rick D'Arminio and wife Manuela of the Greater Ramsey, NJ Chapter helped put together food baskets for 110 local families.


Wethersfield CT UNICO provided meals for the staff at three COVID-19 testing centers.

Verona NJ UNICO recently donated meals to the nurses at St. Barnabas Medical Center. They also donated $500 each to the Verona PBA, Volunteer Fire Department, and First Aid Squad. 


The UNICO National mission is to promote the image of Italian Americans along with Italian heritage and culture by supporting charitable, scientific, cultural, educational, and literary projects.


The men and women of our many chapters across the country devote their time, energy and resources to serve their local communities. They also support UNICO National causes such as scholarships, Cooley’s Anemia, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and Cancer Prevention and Research.

Founded in 1922 by Dr. Anthony P. Vastola in Waterbury, Connecticut to unite people of Italian heritage in an organization to perform charitable, patriotic and educational deeds.


UNICO’s motto is “Service Above Self”. UNICO means “unique” or “only one of its kind” in Italian and additionally, the letters represent: U-Unity, N-Neighborliness, I-Integrity, C-Charity and O-Opportunity.

Thank you to Mike Fasulo and the Southington CT chapter for donating $25 gift cards to Tops Market, Anthony Jacks, Flair, Family Pizza, Fancy Bagels, and Fratelli’s Italian Restaurant. They are distributed to families of three or more when they come for the food pantry and also providing gift cards to smaller families.



On this solemn day, let us set aside some time for prayer and reflection in honor and consideration of all our military personnel who have sacrificed their lives for our liberty and freedom.  Many of them were family members- countless numbers were Italian-Americans!

On this page are various examples of UNICO National members providing "Service Above Self" during the crisis

A huge thank you to Wethersfield UNICO for dropping off lunch for us today! It was much appreciated, especially on a day like today.

Montville NJ UNICO donated $3,000 in restaurant  gift cards to the outreach program and food pantry of St. Peter's Church to help feed the hungry in this time of need.  

A New Way to Meet

Here is a screen shot from a Passaic Valley NJ chapter "Zoom meeting". Though we can't meet in person, most UNICO chapters are still conducting their business of providing for those less fortunate and promoting Italian heritage.

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