Fairfield, NJ— UNICO National, America’s largest Italian American service and charitable organization, is expressing deep sorrow and concern for all affected by the devastating earthquake in the town of Amatrice of central Italy. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and survivors,” stated Dominick Nicastro, National President of UNICO. “We are saddened by the loss of lives and the many injured, homeless and severely impacted people of that area.”
UNICO has received communications from its members across the country asking how they can help. “We have a Disaster Relief fund which we have used in past disasters such as for Hurricane Sandy, previous earthquakes in Italy, as well as for the aftermaths of September 11th,” stated John DiNapoli, President of the UNICO Foundation, the charitable arm of UNICO National. “We will certainly accept any donations for the earthquake in Amatrice to add to our funds to see how we can financially help.”
Many Italian Americans and specifically UNICO National members are concerned about loved ones in the affected areas. “We have reached out to our contacts in Italy, but events are still unfolding,” advised Andre’ DiMino, Executive Director of UNICO National. “Once response efforts are more fully formed, we will determine how our financial support can be most appropriately utilized to help.”
Anyone wishing to help can send donations to UNICO Foundation Disaster Relief Fund, 271 US Highway 46 West, Suite F-103, Fairfield, NJ 07004. firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNICO National, founded in 1922, the nation’s largest Italian American service and charitable organization, has local chapters throughout America. Its’ volunteer members support charitable, educational & community service projects while promoting Italian heritage and combating negative stereotyping. www.unico.org.