A month to take note of what social workers do

March is Social Work Month and this year’s theme is “Elevate Social Work.”

Social workers for generations have served as leaders, advocates and champions, helping individuals overcome challenges so they can live up to their full potential. Social workers also work tirelessly to improve our communities and society.

Social workers touch the lives of millions on a personal level. They comfort people who are experiencing devastating illness and mental health crises, ensuring they get the best care while on the road to recovery. They support our brave military personnel, veterans and their families.

Child, family and school social workers stand up protecting children who have been abused or neglected, helping children find new families through adoption and ensuring young people reach their full academic and personal potential.

Social work has proved a calling for many. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, social work continues to be one of the fastest-growing careers in the nation, with more then 100,000 people expected to enter the field in just seven years.

Social workers are needed now more than ever as our nation continues to struggle with issues such as the opioid addiction crisis, health care and mental health care and equal rights and justice for all.

My hope is that you will take time to learn about this profession and support the work of social workers in improving the lives of individuals and families in society.