Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relief

Healthcare workers are experiencing serious challenges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many workers are risking their own health to provide care for others.

To respond to the pandemic, the Home Care Industry Education Fund launched a program to provide safety training and rapid-response training in infection prevention, along with personal protective equipment and stipends for home care workers who take a training.

The 1199SEIU Home Care Industry Education Fund is accepting contributions to provide this COVID-19 action program and other forms of relief to home care workers.

To support Home Care workers, you can give a charitable donation here:

The 1199SEIU Home Care Industry Education Fund is a registered 501(c)(3), and all contributions are tax-deductible.

About the Basil Paterson Scholarship

The Basil Paterson Scholarship provides tuition and financial support to home care workers enrolled in college and allied health certification programs. Awards are based on a competitive review process and if granted, may be used to pay for up to 9 credits per semester. Since we recognize the real-world difficulties our home care workers often encounter as they pursue their academic and career goals, the scholarship includes a cash stipend each academic term providing resources to cover tuition and college fees, transportation, child-care expenses and, where applicable, the cost of review courses for licensing exams.

The program is named after Basil A. Paterson, who had a special place in his heart for the Union’s home care workers. Mr. Paterson was a labor law attorney for more than 45 years and a former Secretary of State of New York. He spent 20 years as counsel for 1199SEIU Home Care and hospital workers.

For more information about Emerging Careers, Certificate and Scholarship Programs, please contact Frances Sadler at

Please note that donations are payable to the 1199SEIU Home Care Industry Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted under the Internal Revenue Code.