thiscangobacktothearchives

January 13, 2014

Have you a little time on your hands?

Filed under: Uncategorized — susanwoodland @ 2:26 pm

While processing the files of Rabbi Isaac N. Trainin (click here for Rabbi Trainin’s oral history) in the Religious Affairs Department, this pamphlet from 1953 turned up in his Volunteer Service Department file:

Volunteer Service Department, 1953

Volunteer Service Department, 1953

The Volunteer Services Department at Federation was run entirely by … volunteers.  It is unclear how long the department existed, although at least from 1953 to 1958.  It no doubt served a very important role in recruiting volunteers for various Federation Agencies.

Inside of pamphlet - note names of committee members

Inside of pamphlet – note names of committee members

Continuing the conversation from Heather’s August blog post, “Mrs. Who”, I couldn’t help but notice that all of the committee members except the chairman use their husband’s first name.  On the back of the pamphlet,

Sign up for the Volunteer Service committee

Sign up for the Volunteer Service committee

there is a sign up form; the chairman, Mrs. Anne W. Langman, specifically requests “If married, please use husband’s name”.

There was one other pamphlet in this folder, “You’ve Got What It Takes … To Be A Volunteer”, 1958, issued by the Joint Recruitment of Volunteers.

Pamphlet issued by the Joint Recruitment of Volunteers" organization, 1958

Pamphlet issued by the Joint Recruitment of Volunteers” organization, 1958

The Joint Recruitment of Volunteers was sponsored by the Community Council of Greater New York, and represented the “joint appeal of volunteer offices and organizations”, which are listed on the back cover. Federation’s Volunteer Services Department continued to be its department that handled volunteer recruitment:

The Federation of Jewish Philanthropies was one of 8 organizations who sought volunteers through the Joint Recruitment of Volunteers.

The Federation of Jewish Philanthropies was one of 8 organizations who sought volunteers through the Joint Recruitment of Volunteers.

As no additional files have been found from Federation’s Volunteer Service Department, this file may be the only record of its existence to survive in the Federation archives.

Advertisements

Leave a Comment »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: