To URI friends and supporters:
March is well known as Women’s History Month, but it is also Social Work Month, with March 15 designated as World Social Work Day. This makes March an especially auspicious time to celebrate the dedicated URI social workers who every day deliver life changing services to our clients. The URI social work team is among the more than 3 million social workers worldwide, with 700,000 of these in the U.S., and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies social work as one of the fastest growing professions in the country.
We at URI understand why social work is such an important field. Our social workers deliver compassionate, expert care for our clients and are critical to our work to empower and uplift individuals, families and communities. The theme of this year’s Social Work Month is “the time is right for social work,” and we agree. As our city, country and indeed the world continue to grapple with the impacts of Covid-19, people are also buffeted by economic pressures, conflict at home and abroad, and other challenges that create individual and societal impacts. It often falls to social workers to help people navigate through these difficult times.
URI works every day, year round, to transform the lives of domestic violence survivors and homeless families, but during March, we give a special shout out to the social workers on our team. We applaud their contribution to the URI vision of a world free of domestic violence, homelessness, poverty and trauma, where individuals and communities are safe, stable, and thriving.
But, as the saying goes, it takes a village, and supporters like you are part of the “village” of URI – in March and every month of the year.
We invite you to follow URI on social media and watch for posts celebrating just a few of the URI “Social Work Superheroes.” If you would like to learn more about the comprehensive URI services and programs, and consider donating to support our work, please visit our website.
Nathaniel M. Fields
Chief Executive Officer
Urban Resource Institute