NASW Newsletter

NASW-ME July 2021 Newsletter

NASW Maine President's Message—Brandy Brown

Fellow Social Workers,
As I enter the final year of serving you as Board President, it is my pleasure to introduce the newly elected members of the NASW Maine Board. Julie Schirmer, 1st Vice President, is our new President Elect. She chairs our Policy committee and is eager to take on more responsibility. KEEP READING HERE


NASW-ME April 2021 Newsletter

NASW Maine President's Message—Brandy Brown

Fellow Social Workers,
As many of you know, I spend most of my professional time working with transgender and gender non-conforming children, adolescents, and young adults, as well as with their families, school systems, and healthcare teams. This work is rooted in long time advocacy for the LGBTQ+ population, as an individual, a community member, and a professional. KEEP READING HERE


NASW-ME February 2021 Newsletter

NASW Maine President's Message—Brandy Brown

Fellow Social Workers,
I hope this message finds you optimistic as we enter the new year. I do not know when the potential for policy change has been greater, with so many bills moving forward in federal and state legislatures. As we look to those in leadership positions, it is uplifting to see the diversity from newly elected positions and appointed leaders. And it is certainly wonderful to see so many social workers stepping into leadership roles with the new administration. KEEP READING HERE


NASW-ME December 2020 Newsletter

NASW Maine President's Message—Brandy Brown

Fellow Social Workers,
Reflections and hindsight, 2020. Any statement I can make, no matter how poignant or profound, would fall flat as a reflection of the past year. Often this time of year is a when we can look back, gauge progress, consider areas to focus on in the next year. 2020 is different. This year has been filled with challenges and obstacles and social workers in Maine have responded to the challenge with enduring perseverance. Unlike other crisis, we have had to support ourselves, colleagues, families, and friends, while continuing to support clients and advocate for systemic change. Through it all, social workers have displayed strength and resilience. KEEP READING HERE


NASW-ME Fall 2020 Newsletter

NASW Maine President's Message—Brandy Brown

Fellow Social Workers,
This year continues to push us to adapt and change in new and different ways. As I sit to reflect on the past few months, I realize that each time I have come to write a message this year, we are seeing and experiencing new and different crisis, each compounding onto the next and requiring more and more of us. These challenges test our resilience as social workers, as we continue to provide support to individuals, seek change in oppressive systems, and navigate an ever-connected world. I am thinking about the challenges we have faced in Maine, and at the same time I am hearing from friends on the west coast, struggling to prepare for evacuation and resource scarcity. This year has been teaching us a lot about science and our impact on the plant, from climate change to healthcare. KEEP READING HERE


NASW-ME Spring 2020 Newsletter

NASW Maine President’s Message—Brandy Brown

It is hard to believe that it has been almost two months since we started responding to changes in our personal and professional lives due to COVID 19. I have been impressed, though not surprised, by the overwhelming response of social workers as we work together to make sure that people have resources and support during this time. We had an incredible response to the call to volunteer with the Maine FrontLine WarmLine and the NAMI Volunteer Therapist program. Both great ways for our profession to volunteer. Students are stepping up to reimagine their field placements and find unique ways to provide support, leaning on many of their strengths related to technology. Retired social workers are coming out to volunteer and take on supportive roles during this time, sharing their wisdom and guidance, supporting the profession and those who are vulnerable. Seeing people come together reminds me that we really are ‘generations strong.’ KEEP READING HERE


NASW-ME Winter 2020 Newsletter

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN—Brandy Brown

As we have welcomed the new year, we welcome change. This year, 2020, will be a year of change to remember, with the presidential election and a number of bills that call forth our attention, at the state and national level. There is no better time to get involved with our policy committee than now. Supporting social work advocacy and making sure our voice is heard, submitting testimony on bills that matter to social workers, and staying abreast of the issues. Please consider coming to a policy committee meeting or coming to one of the policy advocacy trainings we will be holding across the state in the coming months. KEEP READING HERE


NASW-ME Summer 2019 Newsletter

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN—Brandy Brown

In June, I was able to represent Maine social work-ers at the NASW Advanced Leadership Meeting in Wash-ington, DC, along with our (interim) Executive Director, Lynn Stanley. It was empowering to connect with that many engaged social workers from different backgrounds, supporting each other, navigating the differences in the organization, and working together to advocate for policy change. KEEP READING HERE


NASW-ME Spring 2019 Newsletter

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN—Brandy Brown

I am quite pleased to have the opportunity to represent our chapter as the board President for NASW Maine. Having been an active member of NASW for several years, I look forward to further work and connection with you all and I am excited about new possibilities. KEEP READING HERE

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