Service projects were an important, though less highly visible, part of the WPA's mission. Perhaps known best for the part that it played in constructing public buildings and infrastructure, the WPA also engaged in a wide variety of other programs which served individual and community needs. The service projects undertaken by the WPA provided work to a range of individuals, and it is here that most of the women workers who were employed by the agency found a place. The service projects undertaken under the aegis of the WPA were broken into two curiously named branches. The Defense Health and Welfare group undertook such items as a sewing project, cleaning projects, school lunch programs, and health initiatives. (video clip, 790k) The second branch, known as the War Services Project, provided such things as community recreation programs, adult education classes, and clerical services.

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