What part will you play in the NASW-VT
Here is a list of over 30 ways YOU can begin today to play a more
active part in the life of NASW-Vermont. But don’t feel limited by
this list. If you would like to do something that is NOT on this
list—feel free to suggest it.
Office-Based Jobs – Any time
- Help us save file space! Come in
for an hour or two to work help with sorting and reducing files
according to records retention rules and with staff guidance.
- Sort through files of resource
materials on various subjects; cull and reorganize as
- Clean out and reorganize the
- Help set the Chapter Legislative
priorities (Legislative Committee) by reviewing current issues
and developing rationale for NASW-VT interest and position.
- Track a policy issue of your
choosing (Health care access? Reducing poverty among children?
Keeping energy costs low?) and notify staff when members should
contact their legislators. (Chapter Legislative Committee)
- Contact your legislators about
key issues on interest to NASW-VT.
- Host a local meeting (8 to 10)
of social workers and other community leaders and hear how you
can help to achieve full enrollments for Catamount Health.
Speaker and materials provided—you simply get the audience and
provide a space.
- Attend local forums and identify
yourself as a professional social worker and NASW-VT member when
you speak up.
- Help to evaluate candidates for
elective office and make recommendations for financial
contributions to the campaigns of those with best “fit” to NASW-VT
values and goals. (Chapter PACE Committee)
Advocacy through Coalitions and
Represent NASW-VT on the Council of
Mental Health Providers. Meets monthly to discuss issues of common
concern, such as mental health parity, insurance issues, and future
of state hospital. 1st Thursday, 9:00 a.m. in restaurant of Capitol
Plaza Hotel, Montpelier.
- Represent NASW-VT on the Choice
Coalition – irregular but about quarterly meetings of loosely
connected group of organizations that all share the goal of
protecting reproductive freedom rights and promoting healthy
- Follow the work of Voices for
Vermont’s Children (formerly Vermont Children’s Forum) and act
as liaison to Chapter Legislative Committee on issues affecting
- Review proposed plans or
proposals or participate as Chapter representative in efforts to
improve policies and services, e.g., Chief Justice Report on
Mental Health and Corrections; Co-Occurring Disorders Task Force
(DMH-DOH); Act 129 Task Force (mental health parity oversight
- Call up to 10 members monthly to
inquire about their needs and interests, ask about what would
encourage them to become more involved. Relay information to
Chapter Executive and Board for follow-up.
- Call new and renewed members to
welcome them (or thank them for continuing their membership).
Learn their needs and interests; ask about what would encourage
them to become more involved.
- Participate in visits to
undergraduate and graduate social work education programs in
Vermont at either Castleton State College or University of
- Offer to be interviewed for the
Member Spotlight in each issue.
- Write an article about a subject
of interest to the membership (maybe something you are studying
or learning about; new methods, new theories and their
application to practice; new programs and resources for
- Talk with your agency HR
director about placing job listings with NASW—in newsletter or
on website. This is very targeted and inexpensive advertising.
They can reach over 500 highly qualified social work
professionals for as little as $10 on the web or $25 in the
- Notify the office of coming
events we should publicize.
- Write a regular column on a
subject you love…Social work ethics? The history of social work
in Vermont? The Mind-Body Connection?
Form an Interest Group
- Would you like to find other
social workers who care about your big issue and are willing to
share their thoughts and resources? Give staff a blurb to post
on the website or in the next newsletter. Recent examples
mentioned by individuals include:
- services to elderly
- title protection and other
forms of professional identification for social workers
- loan forgiveness for social
- clinical supervision and
- Retired? Thinking of retiring?
Want to keep your hand in but don’t know what the options might
be? Would you like to get together electronically or in person
with others in the same situation with similar questions (and
maybe some answers)? Let staff know and we will post it on the
website or put it in the next newsletter.
Education and Professional
- Help select the subjects and
locations for future NASW-VT workshops (E&PD Committee).
- Compile and summarize
evaluations from our workshops.
- Identify potential speakers on
topics of interest to you and others.
- Identify and help secure
conference sponsors and exhibitors.
- Ask your agency to be a sponsor
for NASW-VT workshops!
- Assist with the logistics of
workshops—checking people in at registration, distributing CEU
certificates, handing out materials, serve as the AV liaison
person with the venue, serve as the schedule liaison person with
the venue, staff the book sale table.
- Take digital photos at Chapter
events for later use in Chapter newsletter.
- Review and revise Chapter CEU-approval
policies (E&PD Committee).
Political Action for Candidate
- Monitor decisions by state
legislators and other decision-makers.
- Make recommendations for NASW-VT
PACE political contributions.
- The Ethics Committee assists
with professional development and continuing education related
to professional ethics.
- The Diversity Committee provides
a focus for continuing education and helps the chapter to
develop its affirmative action plan.
Serve in Chapter Elective Office
- Each year the Chapter seeks
candidates for the Board. Board members serve two-year terms and
meet quarterly. Would you consider submitting your name?
- The Chapter Committee on
Nominations and Leadership Identification is an elected
committee of members who are not on the Board. Their job is to
identify future leaders and Board members by reaching out to
members to explore their interests.
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