Mayor Pope acknowledges National Social Work month

Mayor Dan Pope was emotional at times as he spoke to the crowd during his final State of the...
Mayor Dan Pope was emotional at times as he spoke to the crowd during his final State of the City address.(KCBD Video)
Published: Mar. 4, 2022 at 7:03 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - On Friday, March 4, Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope issued a statement appreciating social workers for their dedication and care for vulnerable members of our community.

“Social Workers provide support and advocate for people of all ages to make a positive difference in their lives. Thank you for your service to improve and aid those who need help. Your acts of service do not go unnoticed,” he said.

The theme for National Social Work Month is “The Time is Right for Social Work.” Social workers have helped drive significant, positive changes in our nation. Social workers such as social reformer Jane Addams, former Labor Secretary Frances Perkins, and civil rights leaders Dorothy Height, Whitney Young, and Ida B. Wells have pushed for voting rights, equal rights, Social Security, unemployment insurance, and other programs.

This highlights how social workers have enriched our society for more than a century and how their services continue to be needed today.

Social workers contribute to the City of Lubbock in many ways. They work in schools and hospitals, in the local hospice agencies, at children’s homes, in the private defender’s office, at the Montford Unit, at the Free Clinic, at Stages of Recovery, at Adult Protective Services, at Child Protective Services, and in so many other agencies throughout the city. Social workers in Lubbock touch hundreds of lives each day.

People with a strong desire to help others lean towards becoming social workers. Perhaps that is why it’s becoming one of the fastest-growing professions in the country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are almost 720,000 professional social workers across the country, but that number is expected to rise to more than 800,000 by 2030.

Each day social workers empower Lubbock citizens to live life to their fullest potential. Social workers try to improve living conditions for all.

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