We ‘Stand Up’ for Social Workers in Minnesota and Beyond

‘Stand Up for Social Workers.’ That’s the theme for this year’s National Social Worker’s month in March, created by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). The rationale for ‘Stand Up’ is to highlight the value of this profession as one that historically, according to the NASW, has been misunderstood because many people don’t realize the invaluable contributions social workers bring to society.  It’s also a profession, mentioned in an article in US News & World Report, that will grow faster than average (by 19%) and is in dire need of qualified people ready to make a difference.

Social workers including those at Lifesprk and with whom we partner are a tremendous resource for our collective teams as well as the seniors and families we serve. Their advocacy, compassion, expertise and knowledge help us spark lives and change the experience for seniors. But it goes deeper than that. We value their holistic spirit – social workers are intrinsically taught to look at the whole person in any situation to discover solutions that work for the person – whether it’s in home care, a nursing home, a hospital, or any other aspect of senior care. Rather than focusing on their own personal agenda, social workers are committed to focusing on the goals of each person they serve and it’s that critical, often missing piece, which creates better outcomes for the elder population we serve.

We ‘stand up’ for our social workers because we know the extraordinary value and spark they bring to seniors. Without them, our jobs would be a lot more challenging.  In support of NASW’s campaign, we are launching a ‘Spark A Life’ campaign to celebrate and demonstrate how social workers in the Twin Cities are sparking lives.

Spark A Life Campaign – Join the Fun and Win
March 1 – March 31, 2017

What can you do? Share with us a photo of how you (if you are the social worker) or the social workers on your team ‘Spark A Life.’ We want to saturate the Twin Cities and beyond with examples of what social workers in our communities are doing to spark lives and celebrate this valuable profession.

  • ‘Like us’ on our Facebook page while sharing your message and/or photo and each week in March you post, you will be entered for a chance at winning a $25 gift card (we will also give away one $100 gift card grand prize winner).

We can’t wait to see the photos of all the Minneapolis/St. Paul social workers out there busy sparking lives – this month is all about you! Thank you for the role you play in creating a better experience for our seniors and families.