Social Workers Promote Hope and Renewal
The following letter to the editor appeared in the March 15 edition of the Times Union in Albany, in recognition of National Social Work Month
March is here, and with it comes the promise that every spring brings: hope, renewal, and an opportunity for new beginnings. March is also National Social Worker’s Month, celebrating the people who dedicate their lives to promoting hope and renewal of the human spirit.
There are some 650,000 Americans with social work degrees—and thousands of others work in the field while earning their social work credentials.
Who are these people?
They are our husbands and sons, mothers and sisters, friends and neighbors.
Where will you find them? They work with abused children in residential facilities, on the streets with the homeless, in hospitals with our wounded warriors, and in nursing homes with the elderly.
You will find them in homes across America, helping struggling families, and in government, working to establish and implement human service policies and regulations that offer hope to millions.
Our first responders—police, firefighters, and EMTs—are there for us when tragedy strikes, but it is often the social worker who arrives in the aftermath of tragedy, comforting the distraught family, counseling the grieving co-worker, and helping a young child understand why a parent could cause pain and suffering.
Our social workers are unsung heroes. They are often underappreciated, and nearly always underpaid.
If you know any social workers, thank them for the incredible work they do for people of all ages and backgrounds. And if you are a social worker, please accept our profound thanks for your contributions in communities around the nation.
Frank Pindiak, Executive Director, St. Catherine's Center for Children