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Roles for the Volunteer, The Agency and Community: An Oral History Project

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Publication Date: March 1980

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America)

Author(s): Phoebe Sharaf

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 56-3

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Population and demographics (Immigrants and aliens)
Social conditions (Volunteerism)

Keywords: Jewish Organizations; Empowerment; Social Planning

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The author discusses the success of her agency's volunteer program which collected oral histories from resettled Soviet Jewish immigrants, focusing on the effect of the project on the volunteers themselves, and on the agency. The author contends that creative and extensive use of volunteers for projects like this one have a profound impact on the volunteers, and create a talent pool which may be of great use to the agency later on, thus creating value far beyond the value of the specific project.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.56 no.3, Spring 1980.