Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

March 12, 2012

Social workers help others toward a better life

 “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope ... and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” (Robert F. Kennedy)

This month is social work month, and as a class of Allegany College of Maryland’s social work and social welfare we decided to write to let the community know what social work means to us and to thank the ones before us for all the hard work you have done.

For us, social work is giving hope to the hopeless single of parent who just lost a job.

It means empowering that person encouraging him or her to find the strength to keep going and move toward a better life.

Social work is educating a homeless veteran about the services to which he or she is entitled and to connecting him or her to other people who are in the same situation.

It means helping that little child who may have been ignored when he almost died from being beaten by being his voice because he didn’t know how to ask for help or helping to find a loving family who will provide stability.

Social work to us means accessing and advocating to get resources for the elderly person who has no family, can’t get needed medication, and may need assistance in finding ways to maintain independence.

Social work means helping a recovering addict regain self-esteem and to make choices that are right for them and to be self-determinate.

Social work means to approach the people in power and make the world aware of the social needs of communities and this country. We must fight to find solutions to these problems for today and tomorrow.

For us social work can be overwhelming and sometimes tiring but always a fulfilling experience.

Many want to help but only a few will actually step up to the plate and do what they have to do to make the world a better place one person at a time, one day at a time.

Thank you to all the social workers in the world we truly appreciate your time and energy you put into your job.

 Joy Reckley’s social work and

social welfare class

Carla Appel, Natasha Frink, Jessica Robertson, Sarah Martin, Mark Corley, Sharon Brimhall, Mary Tate, Sean Patterson

Allegany College of Maryland

Reckley, LCSW-C, is supervisor of social work and emergency department case management for the Western Maryland Health System.

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