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.

Basil Paterson Scholarship Program

Please join us in honoring the memory of the late Basil Paterson by making a donation to the Basil Paterson Home Care Workers Scholarship Fund. The Basil Paterson Scholarship Program provides tuition and financial support to home care workers enrolled in college and allied health certification programs. Your donation will help improve healthcare services by supporting the educational goals of home care workers.

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.

About Basil Paterson

Basil Paterson, for more than 60 years, devoted his life to public service and the welfare of workers. The Basil Paterson Scholarship pays tribute to Basil’s legacy and his unwavering support of 1199SEIU Home Care workers.

Basil understood that Home Care workers are not paid commensurate with the difficulty of their work and, in his words, “never got a chance when they started.”

Without the essential services provided every day by Home Care workers, many patients would no longer be able to live in the comfort and safety of their own homes.

Basil believed strongly in the educational scholarship that bears his name and felt that those who worked so hard to provide care to the most needy among us deserved the opportunity to realize their dreams.

He was immensely proud of the recipients it helps – recipients like Doreen Ankrah, a proud 2015 alumna of the Basil Paterson Scholarship Program.

Doreen Ankrah: 2015 Alumna

Doreen AnkrahDoreen was raised by her aunt in Ghana. After graduating from high school, she enrolled in a health assistant certificate program. During her training, Doreen provided care to a cousin experiencing epileptic episodes. Being able to improve the quality of life for her cousin gave her a sense of purpose and led her to seek work within a hospital, but with limited funds, few options to further her education were available.

After arriving in the United States, Doreen trained as a Home Health Aide and worked for a year, all while keeping the inspiration of caring for her patients close to her heart. The path to her dreams would not prove easy, but receiving the Basil Paterson Scholarship was a well-deserved catalyst for her success.

Since receiving her scholarship, Doreen has completed her Associate’s degree at Bronx Community College with a 3.8 GPA and is now enrolled in Lehman College’s nursing program.

Doreen credits the Basil Paterson Scholarship with helping her achieve her dream of becoming the first member of her family to earn a college degree.

We hope you will join us in support of scholarships for more Home Care workers.