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AAGW membership included anyone who worked in the broad area of group work: recreation workers, social workers, teachers, social psychologists, and volunteer workers, for example.
Trecker) who published a memo to all AAGW members (6-17-54) in which they assured group workers that they would be "blanketed in" to NASW and explained why the merger was good for them.
At the time of the merger of these organizations into NASW, the membership of AAGW was 2,846 representing 44 chapter in major cities, a small minority of the larger social work membership of around 22,000.
The minutes of an AAGW Executive Committee Meeting at the time of the merger (1-13-55, NASW: AAGW Collection, folder 812, SWHA), underscored how important it would be for the new group work section in the larger NASW organization to continue relationships with allied professions.
In short, the merger of AAGW into the new, unifying organization, NASW, shifted the focus of group work away from social reform, community building and a more radical group work.
NASW Records, AAGW section, Social Welfare History Archives, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota.
AAGW members take part in the "Round for the Red" Greater Golf Scramble to support the Red Cross disaster program.
In 2006, AAGW contributed $10,500 and AAGW donated an additional $10,000 in 2005 from the Star of Excellence program.
"We know that the Red Cross reaches out to families who live in apartments, especially when disasters such as fires strike," said Jennifer Goetzinger, AAGW Board member and Public Relations Chair.
In 2006, there were seven apartment fires that affected the residents of AAGW local members.
AAGW also supports the Red Cross Project Comfort program, which benefits family service clients who need help with rent and utilities because they have experienced an emergency, such as layoff or a medical problem that has left their budget too short to pay bills.
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