Editor’s Note: March is Social Work Month and we wanted to kick it off with a poem by NASW-NYC Member, Rolanda Pyle. If you would like to submit something for social work month, be it something personal or work-related, please let us know by emailing us. To learn how you can celebrate Social Work Month click here.
Preserving rights, strengthening voices this is the social worker’s call
To improve the society we live in by helping to meet the needs of all.
We always strive to empower those who once had no voice
By showing them their options and allowing them to make their own choice.
Through legislative advocacy, service delivery, research and education
Direct practice, policy development and administration.
We open doors of access and opportunity, particularly to those in great need
And hope their lives will flourish because we have planted a seed.
The quality of life of millions are improved when we work as a team
Preserving rights, strengthening voices — happens when social workers are on the scene.
Social workers are dedicated advocates who are always ready to fight
For human, civil, women’s, children’s, crime victims’ and seniors’ rights.
Whether we work with families, communities, groups or individuals one by one,
The commitment of social workers can never be undone.
And in the field of aging social workers can be found working everywhere
With caregivers, elder abuse victims, in senior centers and in home care.
Whether at a government agency or as one of the partners in the community out there,
The love for the people and social work is what we all share.
So we honor all social workers who have chosen to serve across the country and here in New York
Social Work Matters and that’s the power of social work!
Rolanda T. Pyle is a certified social worker and her most recent position was Associate Director of the Brookdale Foundation’s Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP). Rolanda is the former director of the New York City Department for the Aging’s Grandparent Resource Center. Rolanda’s creative writing has won poetry and short story writing awards. She is the author of two books, “FINALLY” a collection of inspirational poetry and “Beneath His Everlasting Wings” a devotional. Her website is www.rorosrainbowcommunications.com