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Entertainment Industry Insiders Send Social Work Month Greetings!

SocialWorkersSpeak.org is connecting social workers with television and movie writers, producers and actors.

In honor of Social Work Month in March, some of these people wanted to let social workers know how much they are appreciated. Here are their messages:


Oren Moverman (center) with “The Messenger” actors Ben Foster (left) and Woody Harrelson. Photo courtesy of IMDB.com.
“Social workers don’t simply make people’s future better, they make the present better by providing the services, the comfort, the support, the love that allow for the possibility of a better tomorrow. In the ideal, they do so as unsung heroes, as personal crusaders, as voices of reason and experience. Social workers don’t simply make people’s future better, social workers are the future. Hats off to them every single minute of every day; they are those among us who look poverty, aging, injustice, illness and so many other tangible problems straight in the eye and do something about it NOW.” Academy Award-Nominated Director and Screenwriter Oren Moverman
“My work often entails telling the stories of young people who are in crisis, which can be very disheartening at times. But I always breathe a bit easier when a social worker enters the scene because I know that once our subjects start tackling their issues with a skilled, caring professional there’s a great chance they’ll be able to overcome their problems and lead fulfilling lives.”Betsy Forhan, Executive Producer of MTV’s “True Life

Ted Bogosian


“There are a lot of people in our society who are hanging by a thread. And the thread that holds society together and keeps these people from falling through the cracks — that thread is the social worker.”— Television and Movie Director, Producer and Writer Ted Bogosian
To hear Bogosian’s full statement click here.

Nikki Toscano

“I think social workers make the system better because they instill a support system for the adoptive child.”
Television Writer, Producer and Adoptive Mother Nikki Toscano from ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7″
To hear Toscano’s full statement click here.

Matt Oberg and his character Mark Lilly.

“Real social workers help real people solve real problems every day. And that helps keep the real world from becoming a cartoon.”
Actor and Comedian Matt Oberg, Voice of Social Worker Mark Lilly on Comedy Central’s Cartoon “Ugly Americans”
To hear Oberg’s full statement click here.

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5 Comments

  1. WOW – talk about music to one’s ears!! I salute you Greg, for this wonderful tribute to all SW. Very rarely do we ever hear what people think of us, and for you to have gathered such respected individuals to comment about the impact that we have, is truly the greatest gift of all. There could not be a better morale boost for us! So now it’s up to us who read these complimentary words to spread them around to all of our fellow SW so that they, too, can bask in this rare and long overdue tribute. My deepest gratitude to you Greg – you are our champion!!

  2. Thank you for posting this refreshing read!

  3. How wonderful. Thank you for putting this in front of us this month! I agree with Kathy…I will share so we all can bask in this tribute.

  4. It is wonderful to see social workers being acknowledged by well-recognized individuals for the work that they do on a daily basis. Kudos to you Greg and to all social workers, we applaud you and celebrate your contributions. Happy Social Work Month.

  5. Thanks Greg for this piece…it is so nice to read comments like these.

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