HAUPPAGUE, N.Y. – The Suffolk County Legislature designated March as Professional Social Workers Month at their March 17th General Meeting. The measure was introduced by Presiding Officer Rob Calarco to bring recognition to the thousands of people who work to enhance the wellbeing and help meet the basic needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable in our society.
Social Workers play a key role in the work of Suffolk County government’s mission to provide for the health and safety of its residents. Both the Suffolk County Department of Health Services and the Department of Social Services employ social workers and contract their services in order to meet the needs of the people they serve. Social workers are one of fastest growing professions in the United States. The need for social workers will continue to expand as America’s aging population grows and more people are in need of their services.
“Before my time in the Legislature I worked for the Suffolk County Office for the Aging where I saw the true importance of social workers and the difficulty that they face day in and day out,” said Calarco. “Now as a Legislator, my appreciation for their work has continued to grow. My office works with social workers as we try to help my constituents and I know first-hand the value they bring to our society. Social workers empower people to live to their fullest potential and for that we should all be thankful to them.”
The resolution was co-sponsored by Deputy Presiding Officer Kara Hahn. Hahn is a former social worker and advocate for the needs of social workers throughout Suffolk County.
“Beginning with my earliest memories, I have always hoped to use my life toward the help, comfort and inspiration of others. It is a pursuit that perfectly matches the mission that guides the field of social work and why I chose to become a Social Worker,” said Hahn who earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. “Social Workers turn passion into action and compassion into activism for all those in need, and their work is essential to civilized society.”