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Social Work Month 'Paves the Way for Change'

Lindsey Minton
EMCC's Social Work Club

Social Work is celebrated in the month of March. This gives social workers across the county the opportunity to bring attention and awareness to the profession and explain the important contributions social workers provide to the society as a whole.

Many of you may wonder what exactly it is that a social worker does. According to socialworkers.org, “Social workers help people overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges: poverty, discrimination, abuse, addiction, physical illness, divorce, loss, unemployment, educational problems, disability, and mental illness. They help prevent crises and counsel individuals, families, and communities to cope more effectively with the stresses of everyday life.”

According to Dalia Velazquez, a social work student at Estrella Mountain Community College said, “Social workers help people. There will be ups and down in your career, but it’s rewarding to know you give your time and effort to someone who really needed you.” For fellow EMCC student, Cynthia Gonzalez “Social work is about helping people work through bad times. It is one of the toughest jobs out there. But at the end of the day it is the most rewarding.”

Here at EMCC, there is a Social Work Club. If you are interested in attending a meeting, the next meetings will be held on Thursday, March 26, and Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 2:00-3:00pm in Estrella Hall N247.

During spring break 2015, members of the social work club will visit the Netherlands. While on their trip, the students will look at public institutions and services in the Netherlands compared to the United States. According to Amber Tomko, a member of the club the group will see “institutions, food banks, rehabilitation centers; 6 out of the 7 days we will be in Amsterdam where we are going to be touring a facility during the morning/afternoon. During 3 of the nights we will have cultural activities.”  She also shared, “When we return from the Netherlands the group and I will do a presentation here on campus to talk about our experience. We hope that we can encourage all of the Maricopa Community Colleges and even the state universities to do study abroad trips.”

There will also be a Social Work Career Panel on Wednesday, April 22nd from 1:00-2:15pm in Estrella Conference Center C-121 North. During this event, professionals that work in the field of Social Work will present information to students and answer questions.