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NO. R-106.  Joint resolution designating March as National Social Work Month in Vermont.


Offered by:  Representatives Pugh of South Burlington, Fisher of Lincoln and Ancel of Calais.

Whereas, professional social workers are the nation’s largest providers of mental health services and, according to federal statistics, provide 60 percent of the mental health treatment delivered in the United States, and

Whereas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has documented that social work is one of the nation’s fastest growing career choices, and

Whereas, currently 600,000 individuals in the United States hold social work degrees, and a projected 30-percent increase in the need for social workers is forecast for the year 2010, and

Whereas, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) was established in 1955 and today, with 150,000 members, it is the world’s largest organization of professional social workers, and

Whereas, NASW creates and maintains professional standards for social workers, works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, advances sound social policies, and contributes to the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its work and advocacy, and

Whereas, the Vermont chapter of the NASW (NASW-VT) is one of 56 in the organization and its over‑550 members work in a variety of settings, including colleges, elementary and secondary schools, hospitals, clinics, social service agencies, community action programs, and private practices, and

Whereas, social workers are concerned about the public policies which have a direct impact on the society in which they work, and over 170 social workers have been elected to public office on the local, state, and federal levels, including to the Vermont General Assembly, and

Whereas, in March 1984, the President of the United States designated March as National Professional Social Work Month, and

Whereas, each March, both the NASW and the NASW-VT recognize the dedication of social workers to improving lives of individuals and the delivery of important community social services, and

Whereas, on Friday, March 11, members of NASW-VT will be visiting the State House and informing legislators about the important role social workers play in the lives of many Vermont families, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly designates March as National Social Work Month in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Warren Hathaway, executive director of the Vermont chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont