"Service Above Self"

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The Largest Italian American Service Organization in the USA


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.


Eastern Regional Meeting

The Annual UNICO National Cav. Joseph Coccia, Jr. Award for Italian Heritage, Culture, and Language was presented to Doctor Andrea Baldi, PhD, Professor of Italian Language from Rutgers University at the Eastern Regional Meeting in Hershey, Pennsylvania

2020 National Convention

Registration for UNICO's 98th National Convention July 22 to July 26, 2020 at the Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa in Fort Meyers, Florida is now open. Click the link for more information.

"People with Cooley’s Anemia are living longer, fuller lives thanks to UNICO’s long-time support of the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation."

Craig Butler, National Executive Director

Cooley's Anemia Foundation


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“UNICO National has been an exceptional supporter of cancer research and its contributions are allowing significant advances.” Randy Karsten, Managing Director, V Foundation

UNICO's $50,000 Grant to Jimmy V Foundation

UNICO National presented a check to the V Foundation for $50,000 in memory of deceased member Toni Alongi at the National Convention in Nashville in late July.


"UNICO is proud to partner with the V Foundation in the fight against cancer,” said Frank N. DeFrank, M.D., President of UNICO National. 

Click the link to read the full press release.

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