Project Concern, Inc. Records, 1969-1982

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Project Concern Inc.
Title:
Project Concern, Inc. Records
Collection No.:
SC 0155
Date:
1969-1982
Extent:
9 boxes, 3.32 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
The Project Concern, Inc. Records, 1969-1982, consist of documents pertaining to the organization's activities within Rockingham County. The documents include the organization's records, their relationships with other organizations and their programs and projects, including their annual summer camp.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Project Concern, Inc. Records, 1969-1982, SC 0155, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

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Administrative History

While visiting the homes of truant children to investigate their absence in school, John Honeycutt, a visiting teacher for the Harrisonburg schools, discovered much more deeply rooted reasons for their non-attendance. It was not simply that mothers were not waking their children on time, but rather Honeycutt found families in which children did not have proper shoes, clothing, or coats to leave the house. Honeycutt initially brought this information to his church's Sunday school. His activism resulted in the organization of Project Concern, Inc., which was formally incorporated in January 1969. Its purpose was to assist with projects for the needy of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Project Concern worked in tandem with other local groups to satisfy needs in the community, including Social Services, the Salvation Army, Eastern Mennonite College, James Madison University, and local churches. Reflective of a national movement to combat poverty, specifically among children, Project Concern, Inc., provided basic needs for families and enriching experiences for children. By the early 1980s, Project Concern's funding had vastly diminished, likely due to a national economic crisis, whereby faithful donors no longer had the means to contribute financially. In 1982 the Board of Directors of Project Concern made the decision to close their doors.

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Scope and Content

The Project Concern, Inc. Records, 1969-1982, are comprised of nine boxes, approximately 3.32 cubic feet of material. The collection represents the actions and activities of a local social work organization within the communities of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The collection is topically arranged in eight series: Administrative Information, Financial Documents, Members, Other Agencies, Programs and Projects, Summer Camp, Miscellany, and Media.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into eight series:

Series 1: Administrative Information

Series 2: Financial Documents

Series 3: Members

Series 4: Other Agencies

Series 5: Programs and Projects

Series 6: Summer Camps

Series 7: Miscellany

Series 8: Media

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu)

Acquisition Information

Donated by Greg Versen, retired James Madison University sociology professor, in June 2008.

Provenance

Prior to transfer to JMU Special Collections, the collection was in the custody of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society.

Processing Information

Bank statements, bills, insurance statements, and most receipts were discarded. A representative sample of receipts was maintained to document local businesses. In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in the spring of 2017. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 4011.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Index Terms

Personal Name

  • Greg Versen

Subject

  • Project Concern, Inc. (Harrisonburg, Va.)
  • Honeycutt, John
  • Charities -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg -- History
  • Poverty -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg -- History
  • Child Welfare -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg -- History
  • Public welfare -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg -- History
  • Charities -- Virginia -- Rockingham County -- Sources
  • Charities -- Virginia -- History -- Sources
  • Harrisonburg (Va.) -- History -- Sources
  • Rockingham County (Va.) -- History -- Sources
  • Rockingham County (Va.) -- Economic conditions -- Sources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Administrative Information

Series 1, Administrative Information, consists of twenty folders of material related to the administrative operation of Project Concern. Of particular interest are the History, Bylaws and Articles of Incorporations folder and five folders of Secretary's Minutes and Records. Also included in this series are client profiles, which identify needs of particular individuals and families and Project Concern's actions on their behalf, Project Concern newsletters, and news clippings and press releases highlighting Project Concern events and accomplishments.

Title/Description Instances
History, Bylaws, and Articles of Incorporation box 1 folder 1
Annual Meeting/Reports box 1 folder 2
Board of Directors box 1 folder 3
Comprehensive Employment Training Act (CETA) Information box 1 folder 4
Client Profiles/Documents (Folder 1 of 4) box 1 folder 5
Client Profiles/Documents (Folder 2 of 4) box 1 folder 6
Client Profiles/Documents (Folder 3 of 4) box 1 folder 7
Client Profiles/Documents (Folder 4 of 4) box 1 folder 8
Executive Committee box 1 folder 9
Executive Director box 1 folder 10
Miscellaneous Planning Documents box 1 folder 11
National Council on Voluntary Action (NCVA) Publications box 1 folder 12
National Council on Voluntary Action (NCVA) Organizational Profiles box 1 folder 13
Newsletters box 2 folder 1
News Clippings/Press Releases box 2 folder 2
Secretary's Minutes and Records: Charter, Bylaws, and Initial Meeting Minutes box 2 folder 3
Secretary's Minutes and Records: Minutes (Folder 1 of 2), 1969-1981 box 2 folder 4
Secretary's Minutes and Records: Minutes (Folder 2 of 2), 1969-1981 box 2 folder 5
Secretary's Minutes and Records: Public/Group Meetings box 2 folder 6
Secretary's Minutes and Records: Miscellaneous box 2 folder 7

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Series 2: Financial Documents

Series 2, Financial Documents, primarily consists of eighteen folders, the majority of which are receipt books from 1970-1981, with some gaps. This series also includes financial reports, donor correspondence, and a representative sample of receipts from local businesses, 1972-1981.

Title/Description Instances
Financial Statements box 2 folder 8
Correspondence (Folder 1 of 2) box 2 folder 9
Correspondence (Folder 2 of 2) box 2 folder 10
Sample of Receipts box 2 folder 11
Receipt Book, September 5, 1970 - September 15, 1971 box 2 folder 12
Receipt Book, September 20, 1971 - December 30, 1972 box 2 folder 13
Receipt Book, December 30, 1972 - August 14, 1974 box 3 folder 1
Receipt Book, August 14, 1974 - May 14, 1976 box 3 folder 2
Receipt Book, May 28, 1976 - July 27, 1977 box 3 folder 3
Receipt Book, July 18, 1977 - December 15, 1978 box 3 folder 4
Receipt Book, February 17,1977 - April 23, 1979 box 3 folder 5
Receipt Book, December 22, 1978 - August 5, 1970 box 3 folder 6
Receipt Book, September 8, 1980 - May 11, 1981 box 3 folder 7
Receipt Book, July 5, 1973 -February 17, 1977 box 3 folder 8
Receipt Book, 1979 - 1981 box 3 folder 9
Records of Accounts, 1971 box 3 folder 10
Records of Receipts, 1972-1982 box 3 folder 11
Miscellaneous box 3 folder 12

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Series 3: Members

Series 3, Members, consists of three folders of applications for membership from individuals, organizations and volunteers. Membership involved a small financial donation and/or volunteer service.

Title/Description Instances
General Members box 4 folder 1
Organizational Members box 4 folder 2
Volunteers box 4 folder 3

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Series 4: Other Agencies

Series 4, Other Agencies, consists of seven folders, each of which represents a local, state or national organization with which Project Concern consulted to sustain their non-profit status. In addition, Project Concern worked with Madison College (James Madison University) and Eastern Mennonite College (Eastern Mennonite University) faculty and students to facilitate programs such as Saturday Adoption, which is highlighted in the following series.

Title/Description Instances
Commonwealth of Virginia Resources box 4 folder 4
Community Service Newsletters box 4 folder 5
Local (Rockingham County) and JMU box 4 folder 6
U.S. Federal Resources box 4 folder 7
United Methodist Council on Ministries box 4 folder 8
United Way box 4 folder 9
Virginia Council on Social Welfare box 4 folder 10

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Series 5: Programs and Projects

Series 5, Programs and Projects, consists of ten folders containing documentation about the different programs and projects Project Concern facilitated, organized or participated in. Some of the programs figuring most prominently are the Annual Christmas Party, the Clothing and Furniture Room, and Saturday Adoption. These programs brought members of the community together to help others in the community in need.

Title/Description Instances
Annual Christmas Party, 1974-1982, undated box 5 folder 1
Big Brothers/Big Sisters box 5 folder 2
Clothing Room box 5 folder 3
Food Stamp/Bank Program box 5 folder 4
Furniture Room box 5 folder 5
Harris Gardens box 5 folder 6
Moms & Tots box 5 folder 7
Saturday Adoption, Family-to-Family, Adopt-a-Grandparent box 5 folder 8
Standing Committees box 5 folder 9
Student Projects, JMU box 5 folder 10

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Series 6: Summer Camp

Series 6, Summer Camp, comprises the bulk of the collection. Consisting of forty folders of materials, this series contains documents and supporting materials relating to the USDA Summer Feeding Program, as well as documentation regarding counselor and participant applications, staff training resources, and various reports and evaluations. The series is topically arranged, then chronologically where applicable.

Title/Description Instances
Nutritional Handbooks and Information box 5 folder 11
USDA Summer Feeding Program Planning Documents box 5 folder 12
USDA Summer Feeding Program Regulations box 5 folder 13
USDA Summer Feeding Program, General, 1977 box 5 folder 14
USDA Summer Feeding Program, General, 1978 box 5 folder 15
USDA Summer Feeding Program, General, 1979 box 6 folder 1
USDA Summer Feeding Program, General (Folder 1 of 2), 1980 box 6 folder 2
USDA Summer Feeding Program, General (Folder 2 of 2), 1980 box 6 folder 3
Attendance Records box 6 folder 4
Counselor Resources box 6 folder 5
Counselor Orientation box 6 folder 6
General Documentation, 1970 box 6 folder 7
General Documentation, 1971 box 6 folder 8
General Documentation, 1972 box 6 folder 9
General Documentation, 1973 box 6 folder 10
General Documentation (Folder 1 of 2), 1974 box 7 folder 1
General Documentation (Folder 2 of 2), 1974 box 7 folder 2
General Documentation (Folder 1 of 2), 1975 box 7 folder 3
General Documentation (Folder 2 of 2), 1975 box 7 folder 4
General Documentation (manual) (Folder 1 of 2), 1976 box 7 folder 5
General Documentation (Folder 2 of 2), 1976 box 7 folder 6
General Documentation, 1977 box 7 folder 7
General Documentation (Folder 1 of 2), 1978 box 7 folder 8
General Documentation (Folder 2 of 2), 1978 box 7 folder 9
General Documentation, 1979 box 7 folder 10
General Documentation, 1980 box 8 folder 1
General Documentation (Folder 1 of 2), 1981 box 8 folder 2
General Documentation (Folder 2 of 2), 1981 box 8 folder 3
General Documentation (Folder 1 of 2), 1982 box 8 folder 4
General Documentation (Folder 2 of 2), 1982 box 8 folder 5

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Series 7: Miscellany

Series 7, Miscellany, consists of two folders: drug abuse awareness, which contains ca.1970s pamphlets regarding various forms of drugs; and drug treatment resources, prepared by the Commonwealth of Virginia's Division of Drug Abuse Control in 1975, which provides brief overviews of facilities throughout Virginia that provided various levels of drug treatment.

Title/Description Instances
Drug Abuse Awareness Publications box 8 folder 6
Drug Treatment Referral Guide box 8 folder 7
Official Seal of Project Concern box 8

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Series 8: Media

Series 8, Media, consists of 353 color slides, and 383 photographs (most in color). Most are undated, although one folder of negatives and contact sheets for 1974 was identified. A cassette created to accompany slide presentations, a cassette titled "Lyndale S.S. class 5th and 6th grade, May 1975," and a reel-to-reel recording containing a public service announcement are housed separately.

Title/Description Instances
Slides (Sheets 1-10) box 9 folder 1
Slides (Sheets 11-18) box 9 folder 2
Photographs (Folder 1 of 3) box 9 folder 3
Photographs (Folder 2 of 3) box 9 folder 4
Photographs (Folder 3 of 3) box 9 folder 5
Negatives, undated box 9 folder 6
Negatives and Contact Sheets, 1974 box 9 folder 7
Reel-to-reel Public Service Announcement Media Cabinet 1
Lyndale S. S. Class, 5th and 6th Grade, May 1975 Media Cabinet 1 Audiocassette SC0155-CS-001
Project Concern script and sound for slide presentation Media Cabinet 1 Audiocassette SC0155-CS-002

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