Getting Involved!

It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly March, it seems as though my final semester has just begun as find myself nearly half way through. In terms of thinking ahead towards that May 11th graduation date, it is easy to get caught up in the frenzy of resume building, cover letter writing, and job hunting. With that graduation date looming, the feeling of transitioning from professional student to professional social worker can begin to feel a little overwhelming. What a better way to feel more grounded and connected through the process of community activism!

 

As some of you know, I serve as the co-chair to the Military Caucus here at the UNC School of Social Work. In a previous ambassador post, Julia did a wonderful job in highlighting the role of the various student caucuses and the function of the Student Organization of Social Workers (SOWOSO). As part of the Military Caucus mission each semester, we organize a service related project aimed at improving the lives of veterans, service members, and their families. We feel that the service-oriented activities share many commonalities with the spirit of military branches in bettering our country and members of the community.

 

Currently, we are in the process of aligning a fundraising project with the Camp Corral organization here in North Carolina. The primary focus of Camp Corral is to offer children from military families a chance to have an exciting week of camp and to simply have fun. Priority is given to children of military families where a service member has been injured, wounded, is disabled as a result of service, or has fallen in action. Over the course of March, the military caucus looks to raise money to send as many children to camp as we possibly can. I’m looking forward to getting involved in this process in supporting our military members and their families. I will keep you posted on the results! Here’s a link to Camp Corral for more info: http://www.campcorral.org/

 

Speaking of community activism and advocacy, let’s talk about the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina’s (NASW-NC) Lobby Day! Lobby Day is a chance for social workers, students and professors to advocate for the social work profession at the North Carolina General Assembly. You will learn the skills you need to lobby state leaders about policy issues that are important to your profession and to your specific clients in our Advocacy 101 training. You will then put these skills to use by meeting with your local legislators in individual meetings that YOU set up! Lobby Day gives you the opportunity to tour the General Assembly, attend legislative meetings and interact with social workers from across the state. In 2013, you will also get the chance to meet other social workers who share your passion and work on policy from organizations such as The Arc of North Carolina, the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse, Action for Children and many more.

 

This event will be held in Raleigh on March 20th. Here’s a link to the NASW website with more info and access to the brochure:

 

http://www.naswnc.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=292

 

 

Until next time,

 

-Reiss

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About Reiss Powell

I am a second year full time student originally from Wilmington, North Carolina. My concentration is direct practice and my primary social work interests are working with the SPMI population, veterans, those dealing with substance abuse issues. My current field placement is at an outpatient substance abuse facility. When I'm not enjoying social work activities, I partake in hiking, camping, and spending time at the beach.
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