Social workers are in the trenches every day working to help the less fortunate and those in need.
March is National Professional Social Work Month and the theme this year is "All People Matter."
There are more than 600,000 social workers across the country who have dedicated their careers to weaving society's safety net. They aren't in it for the money, since social workers' income is generally low.
Social workers help people of every age. They work from protecting children to helping the elderly.
Social work is 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.
It is sad that social workers rarely get a thank-you. Many people expect and demand the services of social workers.
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 today are burdened with the drug dependency and mental health issues facing a growing segment of society, especially here.
Poverty also is a challenge facing social workers. They try to find help for those in need, when funding for such services is decreasing.
Social workers network with each other, trying to coordinate services so agencies can pool resources.
Many young people today are burdened with the pressure to choose a career. 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 Mahoning Valley.
Take the time to thank a social worker.
They do it for the reward of knowing their work is helping others.