March is National Professional Social Work Month. Life would be so much harder for so many without the dedication of the many people who dedicate their professional life to helping others.
There are more than 640,000 professional social workers across the country who come to work every day bringing hope to those whom they try to help.
"Social workers weave together the threads of society's safety net," said Elizabeth Clark of the National Association of Social Workers. "As the profession of hope, we help people overcome poverty, inequality, insecurity, fear, violence, trauma, loss and pain."
Social work is one of the fastest growing professions in the country due to an increased need for health and aging related services, as well as child and family support, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Social workers impact our lives in many ways - they help the elderly, the poor, those in hospitals, children, mentally ill, alcoholics, drug addicts and those with physical and mental disabilities. They not only help the afflicted. They help the families.
Social workers are out in the field day in and day out trying to improve the lives of those who need it most.
It is sad that social workers rarely get a thank-you. Many people expect and demand the services of social workers.
Social work always has been a low-paying profession. But people decide to enter that work field because of a deep-rooted desire to help others. They don't become social workers for the reward of money. They become social workers for the reward of helping others.
The National Association of Social Workers said social workers fundamentally believe that a nation's strength depends on the ability of the majority of its citizens to lead productive and healthy lives. Social workers help people navigate major life challenges to find hope and new options for achieving their full potential.
Social workers probably receive more training than any other profession. Many hold master's degrees. These workers are constantly updated on the latest research and training in their fields. Social workers are professional in every way.
Many young people today are burdened with the pressure to choose a profession to study. Social work is a good choice because their work will always be in demand.
Take the time to thank a social worker.
They do it for the reward of helping others.