By Nicole Long, MSW, LICSW
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has declared that the theme for National Professional Social Work Month in March 2019 is “Elevate Social Work”. The NASW states that “Every day, the nation’s 680,000 social workers work to empower and elevate millions of people, including some of the most vulnerable in our society”.
The “social work profession” in my mind is very broad as it is symbolic of individuals who are licensed and formally educated in the social work profession as well as others who engage and utilize social work skills and are in the “helping profession.”
At Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), it is our mission to support the independence and dignity of elders and individuals with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living.
We are proud to be an agency that provides independent, conflict-free assessments, care coordination, and administrative support for in-home and community-based long-term services throughout many different programs.
We acknowledge and recognize that all of our staff – from Care Managers and Protective Services Workers to administrative staff-as well as our extensive network of providers and their Direct Service Workers who work in the homes of the older adults and individuals with disabilities that we serve, contribute to the social work profession.
Simply put, social work is a profession where we come to the table to help our neighbor in need. Yet, this statementistrue of so many people in the world today. As a society, we need to recognize and appreciate people who help their neighbors in need, who engage in purposeful acts of kindnessand who are dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of others.
I thank all of the social work professionals and informal caregivers of this world for the countless acts of kindness that you show in working to improve the lives of individuals and families. Every small act of kindness accumulates into something powerful and we can impact the lives of many to support a better tomorrow.
About the Author
Nicole Long is the Chief Executive Officer of Old Colony Elder Services (OCES). Founded in 1974, OCES is a private, non-profit organization proudly serving greater Plymouth County and surrounding communities. OCES is designated as one of 26 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCES’ mission is to support the independence and dignity of elders and people with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living. The agency offers a number of programs to serve seniors, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information call 508-584-1561 or visit www.ocesma.org