Navigation Links
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East Donates $1 Million to UNICEF for Haiti Earthquake Emergency Relief

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 emergency relief efforts in the areas of water and sanitation, nutrition, child protection and education.  

"On behalf of the children of Haiti, we accept this gift and applaud the efforts of 1199 SEIU," said CEO and President of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern.  "Knowing that many 1199 members are of Haitian descent and have family members in and around Port-au-Prince makes this contribution and the efforts of the union that much more heartfelt."

Children - which comprise half of Haiti's population - are the organization's number one priority. In the days ahead, UNICEF will focus on providing clean water, medical supplies, temporary shelter, protection and therapeutic food for undernourished children.  Providing access to clean water and sanitation is essential in the immediate aftermath of disasters, to avoid a second wave of deaths caused by diarrheal diseases such as cholera and dysentery.  

Another very important focal point during an emergency is child protection. UNICEF is working to protect unaccompanied children and eventually reunite them with their family. UNICEF will also enable children to return to school throughout the recovery.  

All along the Eastern seaboard, there are tens of thousands of Haitians and Haitian-American members of 1199 SEIU.  In partnership with UNICEF, the union has also launched a special Haiti relief website at as well as a special toll free Haiti relief hotline number at 1-877-875-6561, to help provide crisis counseling and assistance to anyone affected by the tragedy.

In addition, the 1199 SEIU Haitian Caucus and members in Massachusetts have mobilized a coordinated response to the crisis.  The union's Boston office is serving as the City's Haiti Relief Resource Center and has partnered with the City of Boston to set up free counseling service for members of the Haitian community there.

To donate to the ongoing emergency relief efforts in Haiti, please visit: or call 1-800-4UNICEF.


UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. Working in over 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States.

UNICEF is at the forefront of efforts to reduce child mortality worldwide. There has been substantial progress -- the annual number of under-five deaths dropped from 13 million in 1990 to 8.8 million in 2008. But still, 24,000 children die each day from preventable causes. Our mission is to do whatever it takes to make that number zero by giving children the essentials for a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit

About 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

With 350,000 members in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland and Washington D.C., 1199 SEIU is the largest and fastest growing healthcare union in the country. Its mission is to achieve affordable, high quality healthcare for all.




Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Professional Healthcare Acquires Home Health Services Expanding Service Area in Western United States
2. Obesity Action Coalition Calls on Insurers and Employers to Increase Access to Childhood Obesity Treatments Based on Recent United States Preventative Task Force Recommendations
3. Update from Haiti: United Nations Foundation Vice President for Global Health Delivers Medical Supplies in Port-au-Prince
4. Update from Haiti: United Nations Foundation Vice President for Global Health Delivers Medical Supplies in Port-au-Prince
5. New Provider of Tablet/Capsule Packaging Solutions For Offers State-of-the-Art Equipment In The United States & Mexico
6. Medifast, Inc. Complaints Against FDI Pending With the United States Department of Justice, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the Maryland Securities Commissioner
7. Refinement of glaucoma testing, treatment expected from US, United Kingdom study
8. United American Healthcare Corporation Announces Meeting Date and Record Date for Annual Meeting of Shareholders
9. Michigan Health Care Provider to Pay United States $669,413 to Settle False Claims Allegations
10. Americans United for Life Offers Urgent Legal Briefing for Senator Nelson
11. Americans United for Life Challenges Prohibitions on Free Speech
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/26/2015)... Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) , ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... holiday shopping strategy. Many customers choose to buy during the Black Friday and ... holiday gifts. Shoppers don’t need to search the Internet high and low to find ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... The Catalent Applied ... the need to integrate dose form selection in early phase drug development. The ... organization supporting and bringing together the UK’s emerging life sciences companies, corporate partners, ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... WorldCare International, Inc., the first ... annual Employee Benefits Conference. The Employee Benefits Conference was hosted by the International ... November 11th, 2015. The conference was held at the Hawaii Convention Center in ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Indosoft Inc., developer and distributor of the world-class Asterisk based ... efficiency and reliability. , The new Q-Suite 6 platform is based on the latest ... itself into a specific piece of software for many key components of the suite. ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... the perfect dish and pleasing the palates of attendees is of the utmost ... dish to a seasonal get-together, give these recipes a try this holiday season. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... DUBLIN , November 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... the addition of the "2016 Future ... Drugs of Abuse Testing Market: Supplier Shares, ... report to their offering. --> ... of the "2016 Future Horizons and ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... announced the addition of the  "2016 ... the European Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM) ... Competitive Intelligence, Emerging Opportunities"  report to ... ) has announced the addition of ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... Research and Markets ( ) ... Future Horizons and Growth Strategies in the Italian ... Segment Forecasts, Competitive Intelligence, Emerging Opportunities" report ... --> This new 247-page report ... drug monitoring market, including emerging tests, technologies, instrumentation, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: