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National Social Work Month 2024

by Mary Anderson on 2024-03-25T07:00:00-05:00 | 0 Comments

Logo for Social Work Month with the theme Empowering Social Workers

National Social Work Month, first organized in 1963 by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), has been officially recognized by the White House since 1984. Each day social workers help millions of people. They strive to empower individuals and communities to overcome obstacles, access resources, and lead fulfilling lives. This month is not only a time to celebrate the significant contributions social workers make but also raise awareness about the issues they address. It is a time to advocate not only for the profession but also for societal changes.

Social workers are employed in nearly every part of society where people need assistance. These include hospitals, schools, prisons, libraries, government agencies, non-profit organizations, as well as private practice. Social workers address a wide range of issues such as poverty and economic inequality, mental health and wellness, child welfare and protection, healthcare access and equity, substance abuse and addiction, domestic violence and abuse, LGBTQ+ rights and advocacy, aging and elder care, immigration and refugee services, and racial justice and equity. Their role encompasses advocacy, counseling, case management, crisis intervention, policy development, and community organizing.

In doing this work social workers encounter numerous obstacles. They often contend with heavy workloads, limited resources, and bureaucratic red tape. The issues they deal with are usually highly complex and multifaceted, having no easy answers. As a result, social workers also face compassion fatigue, the physical, emotional, and mental effects of helping others in difficult situations. Yet, despite these challenges, social workers persevere, driven by their dedication to social justice and their commitment to serving those in need.

If you would like to learn more about social work, please check out our book display on the main floor of the Library. You also can explore Loras’ social work major and talk to our faculty members.

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