The Volunteer in Social Group Work

By Daniel Thursz

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Winter 1959

This piece explores the role of volunteers in the social group work field. The author affirms that group work agencies cannot exist without volunteers but notes that there is a high turnover rate, which presents a formidable obstacle to experience and sustained leadership in agency settings. The author also adds that there is no conclusive research that paid non-professional leaders do a better job than volunteers. The piece advocates for rethinking how the legitimacy of a volunteer is defined in group work in relation to professional staff. The piece concludes by asserting that the social work field needs to search for a professional status while having a more realistic approach to achieving its goals with the use of volunteers in mind.

Topic: Professionalism, Social Work, Workplace, Employment, Volunteerism, Jobs

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 36/No. 2

Page Number(s): 210-218

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Thursz, Daniel. The Volunteer in Social Group Work. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1959: 210-218.


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