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Social Work Month 2020

The official theme for Social Work Month in March 2020 is "Social Workers: Generations Strong.”


Celebrated each March, National Professional Social Work Month is an opportunity for social workers across the country to turn the spotlight on the profession and highlight the important contributions they make to society.


Our nation’s almost 700,000 social workers have amazing tenacity and talent.


They confront some of the most challenging issues facing individuals, families, communities and society and forge solutions that help people reach their full potential and make our nation a better place to live.


We celebrate the contributions of social workers during National Social Work Month in March.


Here are activities you can take part in to commemorate the month, honor social workers, and educate the public about the often unnoticed ways that social workers bring great good to our society


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How will YOU celebrate Social Work Month?

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the State of Emergency in North Carolina, we are postponing or cancelling all Local Program Unit events in March. Learn more here:


Social Work Month 2020 Proclamation


NASW-NC's 2020 Social Work Month Toolkit:


Recruit a Student

Research shows that young people who are involved in community volunteer work early in life are more likely to know social workers and to be interested in social work as a career.
  • Want to find where social work students are going to school in NC? Check out this site!

Get Interviewed

Consider introducing yourself to the people who write about or report on the issues you care about in your town. Post insightful comments on their blogs, email them good resources, or follow them on Twitter.
  • NASW-NC encourages you to seek out those in your community that will report the issues that are of interest in your area. Here is a link to local newspapers in NC by city.

Honor Colleagues

NASW Chapters host annual awards programs to recognize exemplary members, supportive policymakers, media allies, and inspiring public citizens. If you are an NASW member, please take time this year to nominate social workers and other community champions you admire.

  • North Carolina has several Awards that are given each year to students and social workers. Click here to learn more about the Awards!
  • At the March Ethics Conference, NASW-NC honors the recipients of the Social Worker of the Year, the Presidents’ Award and Advocacy Award!
  • Click here to learn more about social workers.
  • Click here to learn more about the theme "Social Workers: Generations Strong."

Publish an Article

This Social Work Month, consider writing an op-ed, a letter to the editor, a guest column or a blog post to address an issue of concern for you.
  • Want to publish a press release regarding Social Work Month but would like a sample? Click here!
  • Want to know how to write a great sample letter to the editor representing social work? Click here!
  • Want to learn how to better use social media for Social Work Month? Utilize THIS!

Promote Yourself

Marketing social work services is an essential function of both a successful business and an effective non-profit organization.

  • Be sure to get active with key committees and task forces in your community as a social worker to help elevate the profession of social work!
  • Want help promoting yourself? Click here!
  • Need some tips for marketing your practice? Click here!

Network Online

Throughout March, we’re encouraging thousands of social workers to tweet, text and post short messages and videos online that help explain what they do.

Secure Endorsements

Social Work Month provides an opportunity for social workers to celebrate their profession and reaffirm the life changing work they do in every community.
  • Ask your employers and community leaders to endorse the practice of social work in your area. This may include areas such as your church, hospitals, community service agencies, law enforcement, civic clubs, and the list goes on.
  • Here’s a link to the NC Yellow Pages to find the contacts you think could help!

World Social Work Day

Help us celebrate social workers around the globe! March 17th is World Social Work Day! Download posters translated in various languages, view events happening around the world, and help us celebrate our colleagues abroad who are "Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships!"

Did you know? NASW-NC is home to the NASW International District which has over 300 social work members living and working abroad! Check out the International District on Facebook and Twitter for international news, updates, and more.

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