NASW Chapters host annual awards programs to recognize exemplary members, supportive policymakers, media allies, and inspiring public citizens. If you are an NASW member, please take time this year to nominate social workers and other community champions you admire. Recipients of the NASW Chapter Awards are then nominated for the NASW National Awards program.
There are also many non-NASW award and grant competitions for which social workers are well-qualified. Websites such as www.Idealist.org, federal agencies, universities, and national foundations often list these programs. Nominating social work colleagues for these honors is a wonderful tribute to their legacies.
On a more personal note, many organizations and employers host groups of constituents for “customer appreciation days” and “employee appreciation days.” You can help the public relations or community relations staff people at your organization plan these events, and also ask to distribute audience appropriate literature about social work services and staff. Some organizations will even consider hanging banners during Social Work Month.
Remember to wear your Professional Social Worker pin at the event. Social workers don’t wear a uniform, so this is an easy way to make sure people know who you are. The pins are also a great way to recognize new social work graduates at university graduation ceremonies.
Another way to honor colleagues is to send notices to the local press about social worker contributions and accomplishments. The NASW NEWS prints some of these public announcements every month.
Social Work Month Tools
- Professional Social Worker Pin
- Social Work Month Merchandise
- Who Are Social Workers? (Flyer - PDF)
- National Social Work Public Education Campaign Advertising