UNA-USA has provided informative educational programs through its local chapters spread throughout the nation advocating support for the United Nations and its affiliate organizations. As a member for many years, I continue to be appalled by how little the majority of Americans know about the Important work of the UN, from immunizations for children to helping to regulate the shipping lanes. Peace keeping, which is most famliar to people, is but one aspect of what the UN is engaged in throughout the world in its attempts to end poverty, provide medical care for threatened populations, help provide safety for women, and find constructive conflict resolutions to prevent wars that will eventually require peace keeping missions. Chapters also support Model United Nations programs in high schools that provide opportunities for students to get a deeper understanding, through serving as delegates of various countries, of the work of the UN. Consider joining a local chapter in your community if you would like to learn more about this important organization.