The Volunteer Aid Social Committee

Shin-Seiki (Bagong Araw-New Era)July 1944

Filipinas Heritage Library

Filipinas Heritage Library
Makati, Philippines

In April 1942, around 100 Manila socialites formed the Volunteer Aid Social Committee “to lighten the load of the needy and the suffering.” For the most part former members of the Philippine Social Service, the Central Committee of the Girl Scouts, and the Junior League of the Philippines, these young women launched a number of social rehabilitation projects that included benefit shows, visits to prisoners’ camps and convalescent homes, and programs for war widows and orphans. They provided money and nursing services to hospitals and health centers and established their own free clinic on 405 Herran Street. In this building, loaned to them by the Assumption College sisters, they opened a playroom for children of poor working mothers as well as classrooms for learning crafts and First Aid.


  • Title: The Volunteer Aid Social Committee
  • Creator: Shin-Seiki (Bagong Araw-New Era)
  • Date Created: July 1944
  • Location Created: Philippines
  • Type: Photograph (magazine reproduction)
  • Medium: Photography
  • Depicted Person: Volunteer Aid Social Committee
  • Depicted Topic: Filipino civilians in WW2; women's clubs

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