2017 Professional Social Work Month


WHEREAS, through compassion, advocacy and empowerment, social work professionals have made significant impacts on the lives of the people they serve; and

WHEREAS, social workers understand and appreciate the worth and dignity of all individuals and families within our communities, and their mission is to enable people to reach their full potential and enrich their lives; and

WHEREAS, passion for human rights and social justice motivates social workers to advocate on behalf of vulnerable populations; and

WHEREAS, there are more than 600,000 highly trained social workers in the United States and more than 5,000 licensed social workers in the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, social workers offer guidance and assistance to thousands of Virginians every day, empowering them to build brighter futures for themselves and their families; and

WHEREAS, professional social workers provide services to Virginia’s schools, hospitals, community organizations, public and private agencies, and higher educational institutions, as well as the military and veterans centers; and

WHEREAS, social workers believe in the strength, courage, and resilience of the human spirit, and strive to help people lead healthier and more productive lives;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 2017 as PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL WORK MONTH in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.