This piece questions whether is there is place for the layman in social welfare. Using the example of the Jewish Association for Neighborhood Centers of New York City, the author finds that board members are interested in learning to the extent that they have definite and meaningful responsibilities to carry out. The author also finds that one of the most valuable methods of bringing together members of a central board and local staffs has been through board-staff seminars held three or four times yearly. The author concludes by asserting that an active board, recruited along sound lines, constantly stimulated by both lay and professional leaders with staff that have the understanding and willingness to assist and advise, can help to create a climate which promotes creative teamwork between board, volunteer and staff.
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Bernheim, Elinor K. Is There a Job for the Layman in Social Welfare?. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare. September 1948: