March is National Social Work Month, and March 15 is National Social Work Day!
We at BronxWorks are grateful to our Social Workers for the integral role they play in our Bronx Community and advancing our mission alongside all of our dedicated staff to improve the economic and social well-being of our Bronx neighbors.
Social workers have been an integral part of our nation for decades. Social workers played key roles in the Civil Rights and Women’s Rights movements and pushed for social programs we now take for granted, including the minimum wage, a 40-hour work week, Social Security and Medicare. Throughout U.S. history, social workers have:
- Fought for civil and voting rights for people of color
- Protested American intervention in wars
- Achieved the minimum wage and safer workplaces for poor people
- Expanded reproductive and employment rights for American women
- Supported marriage and employment protections for LGBT people
- Advocated for immigrants seeking asylum
- Pushed for sensible gun laws and anti-violence initiatives
- Raised awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment
- Fought for client privacy and mental health services
The time is always right for social work, however, it is especially true now as our nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism, economic inequality, global warming, and other crises.
Learn more about why The Time Is Right for social work here.