Posted Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Team Northwoods

Use #HowWeHelped for Social Work Month to Tell Inspiring Stories

In celebration of Social Work Month 2013, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has created a great list, 100 Ways to Promote Social Work Month. It got us thinking, how can Northwoods help recognize social workers?

One of NASW’s ideas really caught our attention: “Blog about your best experiences as a social worker.” Too often our society focuses on the unfortunate situations we hear about in social services. We don’t always celebrate the success stories that embody the reasons why social workers became social workers in the first place.

While we Northwoodians don’t have those direct experiences to share, we know the thousands of social workers in human services agencies and other organizations across the country do have stories of triumph, love, and inspiration.

Share Your Story

Here is our idea. Starting in March, Social Work Month, we are asking social workers to share your stories with us by answering just one question: “How did we help today?” (The “we” is you: social workers!) We don’t need specifics. We know you have to protect your clients’ privacy. We just want a glimpse into how you feel when you help a foster child find a forever home or assist a family who needs a nourishing meal. We want to share in the hope you give parents waiting to adopt.


If you have a story to share, please share it with us via Twitter or Facebook and we will share your experience with our community and beyond. Coworkers and managers are also welcome to submit a story on behalf of a colleague who may be too humble to share. In addition to sharing on social media, we’ll also post the stories on our website at

So we are sure to see your stories, please:


Use the hashtag #HowWeHelped on Twitter


Tag Northwoods on Facebook (TheTeamNorthwoods)

We also recommend you follow the hashtag #swmonth on Twitter to see all the other ways organizations and companies are recognizing social workers this month.

From all of us at Northwoods, thank you, social workers, for making a difference in the lives of so many families.