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October 10, 1986 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-10-10

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Friday, October 10, 1986

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

"We see the same people at
all the fund-raising dinners.
What happens when they're
gone? Why are there so many
people with the means but
not the will? Maybe there
was not a tzedakah box or
pushke in their homes when
they were children."
As the tzedakah box has
changed physically over the
years, so have our women's
organizations. Many have
changed their chapter or

organization names, updating
their images to attract_
younger or broader member-
ship bases. Some have wel-
comed male assistance. Some
have changed or reduced
meeting times. Many are still
looking for the answers.
"It's going to be a matter of
survival of the fittest," said
Sklar. "We are going to have
to adapt to the times, mod-
ularize, accommodate our
members. If you can't come

The Numbers Game

Many volunteer organ-
izations do not have
readily available statistics
comparing current levels of
participation and fund-
raising results with those
of ten or 20 years ago.
However, they report that
they have either kept pace
or made slight gains in
numbers of dues-paying
members and on a whole
have met or surpassed
fund-raising goals — due
to the intense efforts of less
than ten percent of their
memberships.
GREATER DETROIT
CHAPTER OF HADAS-
SAH: According to
president Susan York, local
membership of 6,000 has
grown by 1,000 in the past
15 years. Three of their 12
groups have been formed
within the past five years.
Last year local women met
the $496,500 quota set by
national. However, York
said that a ten percent
turnout to a meeting is
considered very good, and
that Hadassah now com-
bines a board meeting and
a dinner meeting with each
of its two telethons so that
a volunteer can spend just
one evening accomplishing
several activities.
While Hadassah locally
has always met their
fund-raising quota, within
the past five years the
local Hadassah thrift shop
has gone from a staff of
volunteers to all paid per-
sonnel, and the organiza-
tion is always in need of
executive officers. "Women
don't want the responsibil-
ity of the top jobs," York
said.
Hadassah is the largest
women's volunteer organ-
ization of any kind in the
United States and the
largest Jewish women's
volunteer organization as
well.
NAAMAT USA: For-
merly Pioneer Women, the
group has met the nation-
ally set fund-raising quota
for the past five years (half
raised by volunteers aged
70-90). Membership in the
original five clubs has de-
creased by 128 members
since 1975. Many of these

deceased members left
money in their wills to
Naamat USA, helping the
organization reach its
fund-raising goals. The
younger clubs have in-
creased membership by 146
since 1975, and the organ-
ization has more than 500
members. "We make our
goals," said president Ann
Kaplan, "but that goal is
very hard to raise."
SINAI
HOSPITAL
GUILD: Volunteers have
contributed 3.5 million
hours of their time since
the 1950s when Sinai Hos-
pital opened. Whereas the
volunteer of the '50s and
'60s was a 30-40-year-old
homemaker who volun-
teered a regular amount of
time each week, today's
volunteer is either a high
school or college student or
a retiree who may work
less regularly — either less
hours weekly or less
months of the year than
the original volunteers.
WOMEN'S AMERICAN
ORT: Locally ORT is se-
eing a downward trend in
both membership and fund
raising. Local membership
of 3,800 has decreased be-
tween five-ten percent for
the last two years, accord-
ing to Nancy Silverman.
Last year's fund raising
was 10 percent short of the
goal set nationally by ORT.
The Detroit area committ-
ment was $225,000. This
year ORT nationally is $1
million short of its pledge
committment to the World
ORT Union.

YOUNG WOMEN OF
JEWISH NATIONAL
FUND - EREV: Current
membership is 250 with
active participation at 10
percent or less. "Ten years
ago we'd get 40 women at
a meeting, now we're lucky
to get ten," said past
president Donna Sklar.
"But ten-15 years ago
our annual auction raised
$2,000 and last year we
raised $25,000, which is
what we've done for the
past few years," she said.
"We're either paddling
harder or bailing water
faster."



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