What Happens When Social Workers Get Involved in Politics

  • Social workers give time, money, and their valuable perspective to campaigns that elect public officials who support NASW policy goals.

  • Elected officials who are committed to social work values write, co-sponsor, and vote for legislation that becomes public policy.

  • Sound public policies enable social workers to meet human needs, be fairly compensated, and promote social justice.

Advocacy Tips for Social Workers


As a volunteer you can make phone calls, attend campaign events, or work in a campaign office. You can make your voice be heard.

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Stay Informed, Take Action


See current legislation and key bills in Congress, and find out how legislators voted on bills of interest to social workers.

Go to the NASW Action Center