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Nation’s social workers celebrate World Social Work Day

Washington, DC— The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is today celebrating World Social Work Day 2014 by urging social workers in the United States and around the world to use their skills and talents to help solve social and economic crises.

NASW, the nation’s largest group of professional social workers, also wants to remind the public of the social work profession’s 116-year commitment to improving social conditions in the United States and the quality of life for all, particularly the most vulnerable. This is reflected in the theme “All People Matter” for Social Work Month 2014.

“The heroes of American social work, including social and political activist Jane Addams, U.S. Labor Secretary Frances Perkins, and civil rights leader Whitney M. Young, devoted their lives to world peace, the welfare of women and children, equal rights for all, and economic support for the nation’s most at-risk citizens,” said NASW President Jeane Anastas, PhD, LMSW. “Social workers in the United States and around the world, many of whom are unsung heroes, continue to support and advance these goals.”

Social workers Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif) have introduced Senate Resolution 386 and House Resolution 519 to honor social workers and celebrate the goals and ideals of Social Work Month and World Social Work Day.

The Senate resolution was introduced today and the House resolution on March 13.

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers with 130,000 members. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.