Ukrainian National Association
The Ukrainian National Association (UNA) is a North American fraternal organization founded in Shamokin, Pennsylvanian in 1894 when the first wave of immigrants from Ukraine came to the United States and Canada. Its purpose was to organize and educate Ukrainians in the New World, to provide them with leadership and representation and to make them aware of their national origin and cultural heritage. The UNA today still adheres to that purpose. It now has more than 50,000 members in the United States and Canada, who own over $170 million in life insurance protection in the UNA. Members are also enriched spiritually by the fraternal features of the UNA, through the association's financial support of Ukrainian social, cultural and charitable programs and its aid to Ukraine.
In 1952, the organization founded the Soyuzivka Heritage Center in upstate New York for use as a cultural center by its members.
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