2. Philanthropic Fundraising
The work of the USSC was mammoth. Mary Livermore, one of the directors of the Northwestern branch, wrote "Here we packed and shipped to the hospitals or battle-field 77,660 packages of sanitary supplies, whose cash value was $1,056,192.16. Here were written and mailed letters by the ten thousand, circulars by the hundred thousand, monthly bulletins and reports. Here were planned visits to the aid societies, trips to the army, methods of raising money and supplies, systems of relief for soldiers’ families and white refugees, Homes and Rests for destitute and enfeebled soldiers, and the details of mammoth sanitary fairs." And the USSC, unlike some other aid organizations, paid its employees.