Governor Proclaims March 2015 Social Work Month in NC
Monday, March 2, 2015
Posted by: Valerie Arendt
Governor McCrory Proclaims March 2015 to be Professional Social Work Month in the State of North Carolina
(RALEIGH, NC) - This month the state of North Carolina will recognize the contributions of the thousands of professional social workers who devote their lives to bettering our families and communities. A proclamation was issued by Governor Pat McCrory to declare March 2015 to be Professional Social Work Month, a chance to recognize the dedication of social work professionals and a time to thank them for their commitment.
Nationally, 10 million clients a day are served by social workers. We work in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, counseling practices and social service agencies. We run agencies and advocacy organizations. We take care of people struggling with homelessness, even if that means hitting the streets after dark. We protect children who may be in abusive situations. We help people recovering from addiction and/or mental illness. We also work on Capitol Hill, promoting legislation to benefit the clients we serve. We advocate for voting rights, for health care for vulnerable populations and for protections for victims of domestic violence. As NASW Director Angelo McClain states: "Simply put, social workers have helped transform our society, playing major roles in many societal advances that we now take for granted."
The nation will commemorate National Social Work Month in March and the National Association of Social Workers will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2015.
The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) is proud to celebrate March as National Professional Social Work Month and this year’s theme, "Social Work Paves the Way for Change,” was selected to convey what NASW and the social work profession have done over the past six decades to bring about positive changes in society and for individuals.
"The Governor’s recognition of Social Work Month this year shines a huge light on the need for social workers in our state. Social work is a powerful profession and in so many aspects of our society,” says Kay Castillo, Director of Advocacy, Policy and Legislation for NASW-NC. "We thank the Governor for his recognition of the profession as we work to promote and enhance the power of social work in North Carolina.”
"Social workers are the backbone of the human service system in North Carolina,” says NASW-NC Executive Director Kathy Boyd ACSW, CMSW. "We are the front line providers of services for the state of North Carolina and it is wonderful to have recognition for the work that we do in strengthening communities in our state.”
NASW-NC has over 4,500 social work members in North Carolina and has activities planned for social workers and the public to celebrate our great profession throughout March.
For more information about Social Work Month 2015 or the social work profession, visit SocialWorkMonth.org.