President Abraham Lincoln appointed a chemist named Charles M. Wetherill to help serve in the new department of agriculture. This was also the start of the Bureau of Chemistry. This event was also a precedent for the Food and Drug Administration.
First Charity Organization Society
1869 - Present
The first Charity Organization Society was established in London. It coordinates fundraising and disbursement of funds to those in need.
First COS in New York
1877 - Present
America's first Charity Organization Society was established in Buffalo, New York.
1884 - Present
First settlement house for the poor, established in London.
1889 - Present
Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr opened this settlement house. Its purpose was to provide a place for the educated to live among the poor immigrants to help them become good citizens.
The New York School of Philanthropy
1898 - Present
It was the first school for social workers called The New York School of Philanthropy and later became known as the Columbia University School of Social Work.
Massachusetts General Hospital
1905 - Present
A social service department was established in Boston. Within the next decade, more than 100 hospitals hire social workers.
The American Association of Hospital Social Workers
1918 - Present
It was later renamed the American Association of Medical Social Workers in 1934.
Association of Training Schools for Professional Social Work
1919 - Present
17 schools of social work formed this and developed uniform standards of training and professional education.
1928 - Present
Discussed whether social work is a disparate group of technical specialties or a unified profession.