Over 200 certificates have been given out to Social Workers around the globe who have inspired others through Social Worker’s Companion blog! Keep up the good work all!
Know a Social Worker who has inspired you? Send a name and email through my contact page throughout the month of March.
Let’s elevate each other.
As March dawns, we enter the month of Social Work Appreciation! This year the NASW theme for the month is Elevate Social Work. The idea behind the month is simple, to elevate the profession, each other, and ourselves. Creating positive and professional depictions of social work in our communities and media is crucial and often an additional task we take on above and beyond our normal tasks. However, this month I want to create space to elevate each other.
Social Worker’s Companion Blog will again be sending out certificates of appreciation to Social Workers all through out the month of March. If you would like one emailed to a Social Worker you think deserves to be elevated, just send me their first name and email here. Don’t be afraid to request one for yourself too!
Last year, I did one for all the staff I supervise at my agency. This blog also sent out over 50 certificates to Social Workers across the US, UK, India, and Canada. If you are a supervisor and want to make a batch for your staff, just email me and I will send you the fillable version of the certificate.
So if there is a Social Worker who has inspired you, just send me a line and they will get the certificate below personalized and emailed with a note saying that someone recognized them as an inspirational social worker.
So let me know who inspires you- happy March all!
If you work in a social work role everyday, you witness a lot. You witness the gamut of emotions. You are there with people living through their darkest days. You may put expectations on yourself to fix the darkness.
It’s easy to lose sight of the sacred in every day life, to miss the importance of each relationship and the dignity and worth of each person.
Social workers are my people because we leave it all on the table. Each day I watch my coworkers give the best of themselves until they walk out the door. We are dedicated to the work. We are dedicated to the person in front of us. That is sacred work.
I find that when I don’t seek the sacred in my personal life, I start to struggle. I feel my own darkness taking ground. My favorite poet, Wendell Berry, once wrote that ” there are no unsacred places, only sacred places and desecrated places.” By his account, to see the sacred is merely to open one’s eyes. That can be a type of seeking in itself.
One way I try to “open my eyes” to the sacred is hiking in the hills near my house. The land, owned by a monastery, is an open space for the public. On the top of the biggest hill, about a 45 minute hike upwards, is a shrine on a lookout over the distant hills. The bricks upholding the shrine are full of notes wedged into the cracks, money, and trinkets. The leavings of those before me, offering of themselves. As I sat for a moment on the stones, I was hit by the beauty that others are looking for the sacred too.
Participating in the creation of music is also a big eye opener for me to the sacred. Something about the completely natural beauty of how notes fit together and how timbres blend sets my soul right. Even though it requires more on my schedule to make music happen with friends, it always gives me more than it takes. Here is a recent song I played recorded with a friend to share with you.
I find experiences like this bring balance and light so I can keep dedicating myself fully to the work of the person in front of me.
Do you ever find yourself seeking the same? What do you find sets your soul right again?
Hey Fellow Social Workers! If Yemen was 100 people, 80 would need aid to survive.
Let’s respond as a profession to this crisis
“The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty”
Whether you are a social worker or not, we can all do one thing to help Yemen through the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Can you skip a lunch? Skip a coffee? Let’s all skip that item we indulge in to address the starvation and devastation yet.
I chose Islamic Relief USA as they are highly rated for using funds well on Charity Navigator.
To quote my favorite poet, Wendell Berry: “The smallest unit of health is community.” We need each other to be whole. Do what you can.
Fundraiser: Social Workers and Allies for Basic Human Needs in Yemen