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:
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.
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,
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.
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:
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.