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Exhibition Join In: Voluntary Assocations in America


Colonial and later state governments had few resources to assist victims of catastrophic events. In the face of emergency, people were obliged to take action together for the common good. As early as the middle of the eighteenth century, Americans created volunteer services so that their communities could be prepared in the event of disaster. Working alongside government, Americans have developed an extraordinary range of voluntary groups dedicated to providing relief and assistance to people facing the consequence of war and natural disasters.