WHCF Subject File - WE: Welfare

According to the White House Central Files manual, this category was for "material pertaining to the welfare, environment and physical fitness of all people, developing community welfare services, family planning, national goals and social trends."

Exceptions are: health (see HE); Indians (see IN); and veterans (see VA).


WE: Welfare
Executive 1,600 pp. / General 1,800 pp.
Material on welfare, the environment, and national growth, including but not limited to: public assistance programs, welfare reform, environmental policy, national growth policy, and the national growth and development report. The General File contains much routine children's mail.

WE 1: Children
Executive 150 pp. / General 175 pp.
Material on the welfare of children, including: day care programs, child abuse, children's television, child nutrition programs, and the problems of handicapped and disadvantaged children.

WE 1-1: Child Welfare Services
Executive 275 pp. / General 125 pp.
Material on welfare services for children, including: the Child and Family Services Act, day care center legislation, the care of South Vietnamese orphans, adoption, and the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program.

WE 1-2: Crippled Children Services
Executive 6 pp. / General 16 pp.
Material on programs for children with birth defects and handicapped children.

WE 2: Correctional Institutions
Executive 65 pp. / General 80 pp.
Material on jails and prisons, including but not limited to: prison reform and the opposition to the construction of a Federal Youth Center in San Diego, California.

WE 3: Family Planning
Executive 800 pp. / General 7,850 pp.
Material on family planning, population control and abortion, including but not limited to: the United Nations World Population Conference in Bucharest in August 1974, the Human Life Amendment, abortion policy at military bases, opposition to the Supreme Court abortion decision of January 22, 1973, and opposition to Ford's nomination of Nelson Rockefeller as Vice President due to his views on abortion. The General File relates almost exclusively to abortion and contains a high percentage of routine children's mail.

WE 4: Fund Drives
Executive 150 pp. / General 100 pp.
Material on the fund drives of charitable organizations and the President's participation in publicizing them through such devices as filmed interviews, promotional ads and meetings with poster children. The organizations discussed include: United Cerebral Palsy Association, National Burn Victim Foundation, National Association for Retarded Children, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Vince Lombardi Cancer Fund, American Diabetes Association, and National Kidney Foundation.

WE 4-1: American Cancer Society
Executive 25 pp. / General 35 pp.
Material on fundraising and projects of the society, including: award presentations, golf tournaments, and cancer research.

WE 4-2: American Heart Association
Executive 1 p. / General 1 p.
Items on the Eisenhower Memorial Heart Fund Golf Tournament and exercise as a means to combat heart disease.

WE 4-3: Care
There were no materials filed in this category.

WE 4-4: March of Dimes
Executive 40 pp. / General 10 pp.
Material on fundraising and projects of the society, including: Ford's meetings with poster children and walkathons.

WE 4-5: Muscular Dystrophy Association
Executive 7 pp. / General 4 pp.
Items on fundraising and projects of the association, including: telethons, collecting aluminum cans to raise funds, and research.

WE 4-6: National Society of Crippled Children and Adults
Executive 70 pp. / General 4 pp.
Material on fundraising and projects of the society, including: the Easter Seal campaign, telethons, student fundraising projects, and Ford's meetings with poster children.

WE 4-7: National Tuberculosis Association
Executive 22 pp. / General 1 p.
Material on fundraising and projects of the association, including: the annual presentation of the first Christmas seals to the President and a contribution by Ford to the District of Columbia Lung Association.

WE 4-8: Red Cross
Executive 60 pp. / General none
Material on fundraising and projects of the society, including: the filming of a message by the President on National Red Cross Month, Presidential letters to departments and agencies urging support of the Red Cross, and responses from the departments and agencies.

WE 4-9: United Community Campaigns of America
Executive 350 pp. / General 50 pp.
Material on fundraising and projects of the United Fund, United Way, and Community Chest. Most material relates to the filming of Presidential messages supporting the organization and thank you letters to the President from local executive directors and others for his assistance.

WE 4-9-1: Combined Federal Campaign
Executive 300 pp. / General none
Material on the work of the C.F.C. in soliciting charitable donations from government employees, especially the appointment of chairmen and co-chairmen for the National Capital Area campaign.

WE 5: Geriatrics
Executive 550 pp. / General 425 pp.
Material on the problems of senior citizens and programs to help them, including: housing, medical costs, inflation, social security, food stamps, nutrition programs, the Federal Council on the Aging, programs under the Older Americans Act of 1965, and the 1975 amendments to that law.

WE 6: Physical Fitness
Executive 50 pp. / General 75 pp.
Material on the fitness of Americans, especially the work of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, requests for Presidential statements on physical fitness, and the fitness of federal employees.

WE 7: Social Security
Executive 1000 pp. / General 450 pp.
Material on the social security program, including but not limited to: proposed amendments to the social security law, complaints from recipients, drafts of proposals for the State of the Union Message, the announcement of cost of living increases, attempts by the Ford administration to put a 5% ceiling on increases, reform of social security financing, and sex discrimination in the social security laws.

WE 8: Vocational Rehabilitation
Executive 225 pp. / General 250 pp.
Material on assistance for the handicapped, including educational and employment programs and Ford's veto of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1974.

WE 9: Youth Programs
Executive 1700 pp. / General 550 pp.
Material on youth programs, including but not limited to: summer and year- round employment programs, the work of the White House Director for Youth Affairs, Presidential recognition of contest winners, and meetings of youth organizations with the President. Among the groups discussed are: Future Farmers of America, Distributive Education Clubs of America, Little League World Series championship teams, 4-H groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Young Republicans, Youth for Understanding, Future Homemakers of America, Future Business Leaders of America, and the Close-Up Program.

WE 10: Poverty Programs
Executive 225 pp. / General 375 pp.
Material on public assistance programs, including but not limited to: Office of Economic Opportunity funding, Project Uplift (a Jaycee proposal to study the low-income self-help movement), community action programs, proposals to eliminate the O.E.O and transfer its functions, and assistance in the areas of food, housing and energy costs.

WE 10-1: Project Head Start
Executive 3 pp. / General 2 pp.
Items on problems in local Head Start programs and invitations received by Ford to visit local programs.

WE 10-2: Job Corps
Executive 12 pp. / General 7 pp.
Items on contracts for local Job Corps centers, the Youth Conservation Corps program, and invitations received by Ford to visit local programs.

WE 10-3: Vista
Executive 1 p. / General none
Cross-reference for the Cabinet meeting of October 11, 1974

WE 10-4: Food Stamp Program
Executive 925 pp. / General 225 pp.
Material on food stamps and attempts to reform the food stamp program, including but not limited to: Ford administration proposals to tighten eligibility rules and raise the purchase price, lawsuits and Congressional action to block these regulations, the Domestic Council review group on the food stamp program, and proposed reform legislation.

WE 10-5: Family Security Plans
Executive 175 pp. / General 60 pp.
Material on welfare reform and attempts to develop a singe comprehensive welfare program, including: the Income Supplement Program, Supplemental Security Income, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, and the proposed Income Assistance Simplification Act.

WE 10-6: National Voluntary Action Program
Executive 90 pp. / General 50 pp.
Material on the work of volunteers, including but not limited to: the issuance of a proclamation for National Volunteer Week, proposals for an income tax deduction for volunteer work, the National Center for Voluntary Action, and the transfer of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) and ACE (Active Corps of Executives) from ACTION to the Small Business Administration.

WE 11: Homosexuality
Executive 3 pp. / General 5 pp.
Items on the problems of homosexuals, including: violations of their rights, discharge of homosexuals from the military, and legislation affecting them.

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