March is National Professional Social Work Month.
Social workers help people overcome poverty, inequality, insecurity, fear, violence, trauma, loss and pain. They are the key element of society's safety net.
This year's theme is, "Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy: The Power of Social Work."
Life would be so much harder for so many without the efforts of the many people who dedicate their professional life to helping others.
There are more than 650,000 professional social workers across the country who come to work everyday bringing hope to those whom they try to help.
Social work continues to be one of the fastest growing professions in the country due to an increased need for health and aging related services, as well as child and family support, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Social workers impact the daily lives of so many - from helping the elderly, the poor, those in hospitals, children, mentally ill, alcoholics, drug addicts and those with physical and mental disabilities.
They not only help the afflicted. They help the families.
Social workers work in communities across the country trying to improve the lives of those who need it most.
It is sad that social workers rarely get a thank you, as many people expect and demand the services of social workers.
Social work is a low-paying profession. But people decide to enter that work field because of a deep-rooted desire to help others. They don't become social workers for the reward of money. They become social workers for the reward of helping others.
The National Association of Social Workers said social workers fundamentally believe that a nation's strength depends on the ability of the majority of its citizens to lead productive and healthy lives. Social workers help people navigate major life challenges to find hope and new options for achieving their full potential.
Social workers probably receive more training than any other profession. Many hold master's degrees. These workers are constantly updated on the latest research and training in their fields.
Many young people today are burdened with the pressure to choose a profession to study. Social work is a good choice because their work will always be in demand.
The need for the professional services of social workers is ever increasing right here in the Upper Ohio Valley.
Take the time to thank a social worker for dedicating their life to providing hope for so many.
They do it for the reward of giving a helping hand to those in need.