A Message from
Dr. Peter Pettinato, President

Welcome to UNICO National, the largest Italian American service organization in the United States. 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. 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’s, and Cancer Research & Prevention.

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.

If you are also proud of being an Italian American we would love to have you join us and help us in our mission. You won’t regret it.

If you have any questions, are interested in joining a local Chapter of UNICO or becoming a National member, please contact our National Office by calling 973-808-0035 or by email at uniconational@unico.org.

Yours in UNICO,

Dr. Peter Pettinato, UNICO National President