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1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East Donates $1 Million to UNICEF for Haiti Earthquake Emergency Relief
Date:1/25/2010

Union Announces Special 1199 Fundraising Drive For UNICEF, Volunteer Recruitment efforts; Launches New Haiti Relief Website & Toll Free Hotline Number

NEW YORK, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East - the largest healthcare workers union in the country - today announced that it is donating $1 million to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for earthquake relief and recovery efforts in Haiti.  In doing so, the union announced a special UNICEF fundraising drive among its membership as part of a broader collective effort to mobilize the community and offer resources to those affected by the crisis in Haiti.  

"This tragedy has hit 1199 very close to home.  Our union has tens of thousands of members who are of Haitian descent in New York and Boston," said President of 1199 SEIU George Gresham.  "We are grateful that organizations like UNICEF are there on the ground, providing life-saving supplies, emergency personnel and equipment, as the number one priority right now is to prevent a second wave of disaster."

"In the days since the earthquake, we've had an outpouring of support from our members inquiring how they can help.  While 1199 SEIU stands ready to send healthcare worker volunteers once Haiti's infrastructure is ready to receive them, in the interim, we will aggressively raise money from our membership and allies for UNICEF's relief efforts so everyone can help in some way."

One-hundred percent of 1199 SEIU's donation and that of its members will go directly to Haiti, where UNICEF has been working since 1949.  UNICEF is leading eme
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