The Largest Italian / American
Service Organization in the United States
- We raise money to help people and promote our Italian Heritage -
UNICO National is an Italian American Service Organization with more than 125 Chapters across the country with greater than 5700 members. UNICO was organized in 1922 by a group of men headed by Dr. Anthony P. Vastola in Waterbury, CT.
Our membership is exclusively Americans of Italian Heritage, or married to those of Italian Heritage, of good character and reputation united together in a national chain, working jointly on National projects and separately on community activities, to uplift our Italian American heritage. UNICO is non-political and non-sectarian.
On a local level, our Passaic Valley Chapter has supported, in one way or another, the towns of Little Falls, Totowa, and Woodland Park. Some examples have been donations to the fire departments, libraries, and police stations. We have, and continue to supply, our “UNICO - Phil Arena Food Pantry” at Holy Angels Church in Little Falls with food and funds. This pantry serves all residents within the mentioned communities. Annually, we provide numerous High School Scholarships, Study Abroad Grants to students from Montclair State and Seton Hall Universities, donations to various high school projects and other charitable endeavors.
Every December with the help of local businesses like yours, we raise money and donate funds to local families in need of support as identified by the parishes in the aforementioned communities. This past holiday season, our chapter provided $2,500.00 in donations to these very special families.
On a National level, we assist with donations through our UNICO National Foundation to The Jimmy V Foundation, St. Jude’s Hospital for Children’s Research, Coolies Anemia Foundation, Mental Health Research, and also to the UNICO National Scholarship Fund. We participate in underprivileged and handicapped children’s work, charities, community and civic activities and mental health programs. UNICO fights discrimination against Italian Americans through our anti-bias committees and promotes good fellowship among our members. UNICO National grants scholarship awards, promotes Italian studies Chairs at Universities nationally and also observes Columbus Day with fitting programs.
How do we do all of this? We have committees who organize all different events throughout the year. These events and fund raisers not only raise money, we have a great time doing it. How much money have we raised over the years, lets just say we have given hope to many people and given away just under $1,000,000. Why do we do it... Because we care!
"Service Above Self"
The Passaic Valley Chapter has been in existence since 1972
We have wonderful members, with big hearts who care
Come and be a part of a GREAT ORGANIZATION
If you are not ready to help with your time, donations are always accepted!