Plans to raise the remainder of an emergency fund of $300,000 needed to continue the visiting nurese service of the Henry Street Settlement, were discussed at a meeting of the campaign executive committee, held at the home of John M. Schiff, 932 Fifth Avenue, yesterday afternoon.
Mrs. Joseph L. Lilienthal urged the organization of campaigns into different fields of industry, such as hotels and restaurants, to raise the additional sum of $291,000 needed to finance this year’s free nurse service.
Acting in the absence of Mrs. James Roosevelt, chairman of the public relations committee, who was detained in Washington, Mrs. Lilienthal appointed team captains to execute the new drive.
Fannie Hurst described her experience when she donned a nurse’s uniform last week and accompanied the regular nurses on their rounds.
“I discovered that nurses carry every kind of consolation important to the unit of the family,” Miss Hurst said. “Medical aid is only a part of thire work. In many homes, sympathy and understanding is even more important. I wish that every-one would insist upon this experience. It is the only way to realize fully the intimacy and importance of the visiting nurses. Word pictures are inadequate. Go into the field yourself.”
John M. Schiff, vice-president of the board, presided.