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Social workers deserve thanks

March is Social Worker Month, and it’s a good time to thank those who are working the front lines of helping people across all socioeconomic lines.

There are about 680,000 social workers across the country who have dedicated their lives to helping others.

They aren’t in it for the money, since their pay is generally low.

Social workers help people of every age, from protecting children to helping the elderly. They elevate and empower people, giving them the ability to solve problems, cope with personal roadblocks and get the resources they need to succeed. Their efforts bring together individuals with other people, their communities, local and state government and agencies to address wider problems in society, including lack of affordable housing, hunger and equal rights.

You can see their contributions at all levels of society, working with individuals, families, schools, universities, nonprofit agencies, corporations, hospitals and government offices to mediate conflict, foster positive relationships and create hope and opportunity for people in need, according to the National Association of Social Workers.

The day-to-day lives of millions of Americans are influenced through their work at helping to build, support and empower positive family and community relationships. In schools, social workers help students overcome obstacles to their education; in hospitals, they help patients navigate paths to recovery; in agencies and organizations, they help to protect vulnerable children and adults from abuse and neglect.

Like those in many professions, they solve problems on a daily basis and study issues facing society, but rarely receive thanks.

Social workers provide help and compassion on a daily basis, and for that, they deserve our thanks.

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