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Increase awareness of social work and social workers. Download our Social Work Month flyer and handout. Let us know what you do and how we can help. Email us at info.naswoh@socialworkers.org or call 614-461-4484.


In celebration of Social Work Month, each March NASW Ohio Chapter co-sponsors the Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare, hosts the Social Work Month Celebration gala, and offers weekly webinars free for all social workers.

 

Ways Agencies Can Celebrate Social Work Month

 

  • Set up a table or poster board 
    • Use social work theme/poster
    • Provide information about the profession
    • Describe the roles that social workers perform within your agency/organization
    • Display photos of social workers and a brief description of what they do in small agencies or private practices, set up your display in a busy space or waiting room
  • Host a "Lunch and Learn" seminar for other professionals/staff 
    • Choose a topic that highlights the profession's relevance
  • Information Displays & Distribution
    • Develop display boards about social work programs/services for various community sites
    • Develop an article for publication in the newsletter within your agency/hospital/organization which highlights the role and contribution of social work as an allied profession within the overall health system
  • Educational Events 
    • Host a “Lunch and Learn” seminar or a brown bag speaker for the profession on a timely topic
  • Promotion of Social Work with Other Professionals and Community 
    • Invite a key leader of your organization/agency to lunch to celebrate and talk about the role of social workers
    • Organize an information session on social work services or programs to other professionals or the public
    • Offer a public information night (offer door prizes). Talk about the role of social work in the community
    • Submit an article to the local newspaper on a timely topic that underlines services provided by the profession
  • Networking Events 
    • Organize a Social Work Appreciation Breakfast or a Social Work Staff Celebration Lunch (for smaller agencies/organizations, join with other agencies in your area)
    • Plan a networking luncheon and invite colleagues from other agencies.
  • Recognition of Social Workers
    • Approach community partners to donate lunches and raffle gift baskets for social workers
    • Host Social Work Recognition Awards
  • Additional Ideas
    • A message from the director/CEO recognizing social workers
    • Simple ideas to cover costs of display/posters/recognition gifts
      • Reach out to potential sponsors & community partners to fund small gift bags for social workers
      • Host a bake sale to raise funds for professional development
      • Contribute $2 to $5 each for a small fund

 


2017: NASW Ohio Chapter threw our first party for social work - the  Social Work Month Celebration Gala. The 200+ guests left inspired by the profession, rejuvenated by the setting, and just a tad sweaty from dancing! Plus, guests heard from Senator Nina Turner, who emceed the event. Thanks to Governor John Kasich who affirmed March as Social Work Month.

2016: NASW Ohio Chapter released an animated video celebrating social workers and screened Can You Dig This, an empowering film that follows the urban gardening movement taking root in Southern LA. Thanks to the following City Councils who affirmed March as Social Work Month: Chillicothe, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus.

 

2015: NASW Ohio Chapter collected stories of how social workers have impacted their communities. Thanks to the following mayors who affirmed March as Social Work Month: William Healy II of Canton, Jack Everson of Chillicothe, John Cranley of Cincinnati, Michael Coleman of Columbus, Nan Whaley of Dayton, John McNally of Youngstown, and Jeff Tilton of Zanesville.

 

2014: NASW Ohio Chapter hosted a Social Work Spotlight Day to encourage social workers to raise awareness of our profession. We hosted a fundraiser at a local restaurant and three free online CEU presentations; released an improved Legislative Action Center to better engage social workers in our advocacy work and new resources for social workers working in direct practice settings.


2013: NASW Ohio Chapter organized our first student activist training, annual Advocacy Day, 11 regional activities, a 3-hour ethics and 3-hour supervision workshop, and a licensure review course; co-sponsored the Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare; and presented an additional online CEU presentation.

 

2012: To celebrate Social Work Month, NASW members and supporters submitted articles about A Day in the Life of a Social Worker. NASW Ohio Chapter also released a new professional development series, Wake Up to Social Work, offering members free one-hour continuing education opportunities at 10:00 AM on the second Wednesday of each month.

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