is a service organization
established in Waterbury, CT
in 1922 to "engage in charitable works, support higher education, and perform patriotic deeds". At that time, the trial of anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti
was in the news, and many stories fostered a belief that Italian-Americans were loyal primarily to their homeland. Unico's founders wanted it understood that Italian-Americans were loyal to and loved America first and that their only allegiance to Italy was one of traditions and culture.
The organization now has over 8,000 members and 150 regional groups. The membership is composed of business and professional people of Italian lineage or those who are married to an Italian-American. The clubs sponsor educational, cultural and civic programs.
Unico is the Italian word for "unique". Membership is open to American men and women of Italian heritage or persons married to men or women of Italian heritage.