Posted Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by Team Northwoods

Elevate Social Work: A Roundup of Resources You Need to Succeed

Elevate Social Work - Social Work Month 2019Social Work Month is one of our favorite months of the year. Why? Because of YOU!

We love shouting from the rooftops about the superhero work you do to elevate and empower vulnerable kids, adults, and families. You are a shining light, a beacon of hope for those who need it, and we thank you for all that you do.

That said, each year we like to come up with something a little different to support the Social Work Month theme while sharing your stories and contributions. Since part this year’s theme celebrates how you get people the resources they need to succeed, we thought we’d do the same for you.

Consider this post your one-stop shop for inspiration and resources to succeed and stay motivated, including:


Memes Only Social Workers Will Appreciate

We know it's frustrating when you want nothing more than to spend time with clients, but you're buried under a huge pile of paperwork that needs finished. Sometimes you just have to laugh it off! We think these memes will do the trick.

Social work case notes, ugh.
Source: 18 Amusing Social Work Memes to Get You Through the Day 

The busy mind of a social worker
Source: 10 Memes That Every Social Worker Can Relate To

Paperwork is coming

Messy desks are (not) the best

Hey girl, I heard you like paperwork.
Source:'s Meme Generator

Tired of being a social worker?
Source: The Social Work Hub

Social workers show up and make a difference
Source: The Social Work Hub

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Inspirational Quotes for When the Going Gets Tough

Inspiration can be hard to come by after a long/difficult day, so we created these iPad backgrounds so you can always carry some with you. Save your favorite (or all of them, if you'd like!) for the next time you need a boost.

Be the difference Lift yourself by lifting others
Be the light Be an optimist

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Social Workers Share What Motivates Them

We've talked to hundreds of social workers over the years. Here are some of the best quotes we've heard about what motivates them to help vulnerable kids and families overcome some of life's toughest challenges. 

Lynda Erickson, Crow Wing County

Kaylo Brooks, Crow Wing County

Theresa Houck, Chemung County

Kirstin Maska, Mesa County

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Terrific Tunes for Traveling Between Visits, Appointments, and the Office

The right playlist can help you relax, recharge, or get motivated. Here are a few of our favorites.

Spotify playlist: Songs to Sing in the Car Spotify playlist: Happy Days

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Hangry? Grab One of These Healthy On-the-Go Lunches

These 10 healthy, super-easy lunch ideas require minimal prep time and just a handful of easy-to-find ingredients. Pair with a side of fresh fruit or veggies, and you’ve got a tasty, nutritious meal to keep you fortified on a busy day. (Bonus: you can easily eat all of them at your desk, in the car, or anywhere else you need to squeeze in a quick bite!)

You can also find loads of inspiration on Pinterest, including:

Fit Foodie Finds: On-the-Go Lunches Real Simple: Healthy Recipes Lunches on the Go
Fit Foodie Finds
On-the-Go Lunches
Real Simple
Healthy Recipes
Lunches on the Go

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Self-Care Tips for Social Workers

While the rewards of being a social worker are plentiful, the job can take its tollmentally and physically. This blog post and infographic highlight simple ways you can practice self-care, manage stress, and your boost well-being.

Social Work Self-Care Infographic

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