Box 3, Folder 14, Document 46

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Box 3, Folder 14, Document 46

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ROBERT T. JONES , JR.
FRANCIS M . BIRD
ARTHUR HOWE LL
EUGENE T. BRANCH
E D WA RD R . KANE
ROBERT L . F OREMAN. JR .
LYMAN H. HILLIARD
FRAZER DURRETT, JR .
EA RLE B . MAY, JR .
TRAMMELL E . VICKERY
RA L PH WI LLI AMS.JR .
J. DO NALLY SMITH
WI LLI AM B .WASSON
C. DALE HARMAN
PEGRAM HARRISON
CHARLES W. SMITH
CHASE VANVALKENBURG
R ICHARD A . ALLISON
F. M.B I RD , JR .
PEYTON S. HAWES,JR .
RAWSON FOREMAN
MARY ANN E . SEARS
A RTHUR HO WELL Ill
VAN C E O . RAN KIN Ill
CYRU S E.H O RNSB Y Ill
R ICHARD M . ASBILL
LAW O FFI CES
JONES , BIRD &
FOURTH
FLOO R
HOWELL
H AAS- HO W ELL BUI L D ING
ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30303
ROBERT P. JONES
1879 - 1956
RALPH W ILLI AMS
19 03 - 196 0
May 28, 1969
TELEPHONE 522-2508
AREA CODE 404
Honorable Ivan Allen
Mayor, City of Atlanta
68 Mitchell Street, S. W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Re:
Volunteers Unlimited
Dear Mayor Allen:
This is to bring you up to date on the present status of
our project to recruit, train and place individual and group
volunteers in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Volunteers Unlimited is the name given to the project which is now being sponsored by the Atlanta Chamber of Corrnnerce, EOA, the Junior League
of Atlanta, the Corrnnunity Chest, and the Corrnnunity Council.
I enclose a copy of a letter from me to Secretary Romney,
together with a copy of the Memorandum enclosed with my letter.
The Letter and Memorandum are self-explanatory. I attended a
meeting in Washington last Thursday and Friday, May 22 and 23,
of executive directors and presidents of councils in cities having a population of one million or over. It was well attended.
About twenty-five cities were repr esented.
At the meeting with Secretary Romney and Mr . Max Fisher,
our group first obtained assurance that the Voluntar y Action
Program as envisioned by the National Administration is not intended to be a substitute for federal or state funds or programs
- but is intended to be a supplement to these programs. We emphasized the fact that the nature of the problems in the cities
is such that more federal and state money is r e quired - not less.
�Hon. Ivan Allen
May 28, 1969
Page Two
At the Friday meeting it was pretty obvious that Secretary
Romney would like to have gotten into a discussion of the Model
City Program. As I am sure you know, the Nixon Administration
plans to spread the "Model City" money over areas in the city
beyond the boundaries of the neighborhoods now designated. We
didn't get into a lengthy discussion but he did mention one
thing which would be of interest to you and the people involved
in the program in Atlanta. He said that preference in Model
City Programs would be given to cities making maximum use of voluntary agencies and volunteers in the total community. It may
be helpful to you and those involved in the Model City Program
to point out that we have a project for the recruitment and placing of volunteers which is jointly sponsored by strong organizations and has the support of your office.
We had a number of outstanding applicants for the job of
Executive Director of Volunteers Unlimited. We finally selected
Mr. Jack T. Mallory, Jr., who is twenty-eight years old and has
had considerable experience with the YMCA and community organization. His employment is effective June 1. The Massell Companies
are permitting us to use, without charge, a building on Gordon
Street about one-half block from Ashby. This is a building formerly used by the Bank of Georgia. It is directly across the
street from a branch of the Atlanta Library and a branch of the
Atlanta Federal Savings and Loan Association. We think it is an
ideal location and facility.
During the next two months most of our time will be devoted
to the organization of committees which will be responsible for
recruiting, training and placing volunteers. One large committee
will begin working with agencies in the accumulation of job de scriptions for volunteers . We still need some help in a number
of a reas. We have to do some painting and remodeling of the
building. We have to provide office equipment and supplies for
our Headquarters. We do not have at this time sufficient funds
JONES . BIRD &
HOWELL
�Hon. Ivan Allen
May 28, 1969
Page Three
to employ two neighborhood aides which we need in connection with
the project. If you or Dan Sweat know of any large corporations
which would loan us a young executive for a couple of months,
this would be most helpful.
We are basically funded for the first year. The next year
we are going to have to take care of on the basis of our performance during the first year. However, we are determined to make
this project a success. We are most encouraged by the enthusiastic
support of the Junior League. As you know, these gals are real
movers.
We appreciated very much your letter of support and it has
been helpful to us. We'll keep you posted. In the meantime, if
you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know.
Yours very truly,
~~
Eugene T. Branch
ETB : j s
Enclosures
cc:
Mr. Dan Sweat w/Encls.
JONES . BIRD &
HOWELL

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