The NASW policy statement, Disasters, states that social workers are “uniquely suited to interpret the disaster context, to advocate for effective services, and to provide leadership in essential collaborations among institutions and organizations” (NASW, 2003). In the aftermath of recent national tragedies social workers are responding to the call to provide disaster assistance in the affected areas as well as in our communities at home.
Social workers should note that guidelines, requirements, working conditions, and administrative support for volunteering under the auspices of specific organizations, programs, or government agencies may vary. Interested social workers should investigate the details of volunteer arrangements carefully and plan accordingly. Licensure requirements for social work volunteers varies from state to state, please contact the applicable state licensing board. Federal programs may have other standards for participation as health care professionals.
We encourage our members to not only work in this profession but to volunteer as well.
Emergency Volunteer Information
In the event of a major emergency or a call for social workers, we will be listing information and volunteer requests below. Please check back for future updates on ongoing emergency prepardness trainings.