Every day social workers are on the front lines in communities throughout Massachusetts; working to end domestic violence, supporting children and families, empowering minorities and caring for individuals who are in dire need of compassionate assistance. Social workers and grassroots community organizations in Massachusetts share the task of paying attention to the things that help build strong and healthy communities. They are natural allies. They work side by side in direct service work: making sure people have food and shelter, and are being cared for in the most fundamental ways.
This common mission also has social workers and community organizations working together to advocate for structural changes needed for people to be able to improve their lives.
For those who work in the field it’s clear to see that injustice is a multi-dimensional issue. Problems do not arise out of thin air but rather stem from one another; lack of education can lead to poverty, poverty can lead to isolation and isolation can lead to abuse, etc. Each problem can be addressed individually, but they are all tied to one another and without addressing the whole, there is little chance of lasting sustained change.
Community Works is 32-year-old partnership of grassroots, social justice non-profits. Our collaboration puts us in the unique position of seeing the whole picture. Today, our 31 groups do direct service work, community empowerment; they teach advocacy, arts therapy, urban environmental work, education and more. Their individual work address specific issues, but together our collaborative effort addresses root causes of social injustice.
At the core of Community Works is a mission to create a community of people all working together for lasting social change. This community includes non-profits and their constituents, corporate partners and individual donors who give to Community Works. We believe that only by coming together to tackle the injustice of poverty, deprivation and abuse can we create lasting, systemic change in our communities and in people’s lives.
While our non-profit members have been working with social workers for years in communities throughout the state, for the first time social workers now have a direct way to support Community Works’ individual and collective work. Social workers can now give one-time and recurring gifts on a designated online giving site. To find out more go to https://www.ipledgeonline.org/_socialworkers/.