Today is World Social Work Day, as mandated by the International Federation of Social Workers. Looking for a way to honor social workers? Sign a virtual thank you card created by Safe Horizon, a victim services agency based in New York City.
Last Wednesday, Safe Horizon, an agency that offers support to children, adults and families who are affected by crime and abuse every year, launched an online form where people can write a note expressing their gratitude for social workers. As of Tuesday afternoon, 1,503 people signed the card.
More than 400 Safe Horizon employees conduct social work in the five boroughs every day, reaching 250,000 New Yorkers each year, according to the official website. The organization wanted to recognize the challenges that social workers face on the job, said David Beasley, Safe Horizon's public relations manager.
"One of the best ways to acknowledge that is to send a thank you card or give everyone who may have been impacted by social workers a more general way to acknowledge them," Beasley said.
Beasley stressed the importance of being inclusive when acknowledging social workers, praising social workers who have licenses but also giving credit to people who are not traditionally considered social workers.
"We can't leave out all the additional support staff members like case managers or residential specialists who are on call 24/7," Beasley added. "They are providing support and doing the social work of bearing witness in these cases of crisis and often trauma."
At the end of the month, the organization plans to present its social workers with a printed oversized thank you card at a pizza lunch. It will also create a post on its website in which it presents the card, the number of people who signed, looked at and shared it on social media.