In honor of Social Work Month 2015, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed the following Social Work Month 2015 proclamation to recognize the importance of social workers throughout Georgia.
Social Work Month 2015 Proclamation
'Social Work Paves the Way for Change'
WHEREAS, the primary mission of the Social Work profession (has been) to enhance well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable in society;
WHEREAS, Social Work Pioneers (have) helped lead America’s struggle for social justice and pave the way for positive social change and more than any other profession recognize that more must be done to address persistent social problems; hence, Social Workers are change agents who put the ideals of citizenship into action every day through major legislative, regulatory, and social policy victories.
WHEREAS, Social Workers support diverse families in every community, understanding that individuals and communities together can bring about group change; therefore, they utilize research and legislative advocacy skills to transform community needs into national priorities with the goal of eliminating discrimination of any kind that limits human potential;
WHEREAS, Social Workers help people in every stage of life function better in their environments; they know from experience that poverty and trauma can create lifelong social and economic disadvantages; therefore, they work to improve societal relationships by solving personal and family problems; they also work to improve the rights of individuals regardless of their race, economic status, gender, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
WHEREAS, Social Workers help enhance the well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people; They strive to ensure that children have the right to safe environments and quality education; that older adults have access to care-giving and dignity, veterans and their families have community support to ensure successful transitions after service, and that mental health treatment and health care services are available to millions of lives
WHEREAS, research shows that all people no matter their circumstance, at some time in their lives, may need the expertise of skilled social worker; Social Workers celebrate the courage, hope and strength of the human spirit throughout their careers.
NOW THEREFORE, in recognition of the numerous contributions made by America's more than 600,000 Social Workers, I NATHAN DEAL, proclaim the month of March 2015 as National Social Work Month and call upon all citizens to join with the National Association of Social Workers in celebration and support of the Social Work profession.
Visit the National Association of Social Workers website for more information about Social Work Month 2015.