|Sponsor||Rep. Shea-Porter, Carol|
|Committee||Education and Labor|
|Date||March 17, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Adam Hepburn|
H.Res. 240 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Representative Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) on March 12, 2009.
H.Res. 240 resolves that the House of Representatives:
• "Supports the goals and ideals of Professional Social Work Month and World Social Work Day;
• "Acknowledges the diligent efforts of individuals and groups who promote the importance of social work and who are observing Professional Social Work Month and World Social Work Day;
• "Encourages the American people to engage in appropriate ceremonies and activities to further promote awareness of the life-changing role of social workers;
• "Recognizes with gratitude the contributions of the millions of caring individuals who have chosen to serve their communities through social work; and
• "Encourages young people to seek out educational and professional opportunities to become social workers."
According to the resolution's findings, Professional Social Work Month is March 2009 and World Social Work Day is March 17, 2009. The goal of these commemorations is to build awareness of the role of professional social workers and their commitment and dedication to individuals, families, and communities everywhere though service delivery, research, education, and legislative advocacy. In the United States, social workers are employed in schools, courtrooms, drug clinics, hospitals, senior centers, shelters, nursing homes, the military, disaster relief, prisons, and corporations. In the future, the need for social workers is expected to grow twice as fast as any other occupation, especially in social work in the fields of gerontology, home health care, substance abuse, private social service agencies, and school social work.