In March and every month, we appreciate social workers
March 29, 2021
Each day more than 700,000 social workers nationwide make life better for others. They empower people, giving them the skills and encouragement, they need to overcome life’s challenges. They also link clients to resources they may need to live more fulfilled lives.
Social workers are everywhere. They work in schools, helping children get the services they need to get the best possible education. They are in mental health centers and private practices, helping people overcome mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety and substance use disorders.
They protect children from neglect and abuse and help form new families through adoption. Social workers are in hospitals, helping patients get the best possible care not only while in treatment but when they return to their families and communities. And they help those cope with the loss of loved ones.
Social workers also play a vital role in community organizations and local, state and federal governments, helping create programs and policies that help make our society a better and more equitable place for all.
This year’s theme for Social Work Month is “Social Workers are Essential.” Social workers are woven into the fabric of our society, although they are often unsung heroes. As our nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, economic uncertainty, and racial unrest social workers are needed more than ever.
These include social workers such as DezJanay Collier, a Social Caseworker in the Child, Adult and Family Services Division in the City and County of Broomfield who works on the frontline to ensure that children are in a safe, stable, nurturing family to build relationships that are intended to last for a lifetime.
The fact social workers are essential is reflected in data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which lists social work as one the fastest growing professions in the United States. Due to increased demand for the services social workers provide – for instance, our nation’s population is aging and more social workers will be needed to care for them – the number of U.S. social workers is expected to rise to more than 800,000 in 2029, up 13% from 2019.
Throughout the year, we urge you to learn more about the essential work of social workers and what you can do to help members of this profession do their positive, life-changing work.