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(Updated 10/10/17)

Greetings, to each and every one of you. I am contacting you in hope, that all is well; I would be amiss if I did not mention, we made it to this day, despite Irma.

I am also letting you know that our NASW Heartland Unit activities/planning committee meeting has been set for Friday, October 20, 2017, at 4:30 pm at  698 Cessna Street Bartow, Florida, 33830. 

We are on our way to greater works, but we need one another to do so. 

In addition, if you are aware of others who would like to join us, please would be so kind invite them by forward this information.

I will be so happy to attend … Be encouraged in all that you do..

Melva Dorsey, Unit Chair

Each year, the NASW-FL Heartland Unit recognizes outstanding nominees in each of five categories:

The Social Worker of the Year Award honors a member of the NASW-FL Heartland Unit who exemplifies the best of the profession’s values and achievements through specific accomplishments. In honoring the Social Worker of the Year, NASW-FL highlights outstanding accomplishments in the practice of social work.

The Student Social Worker of the Year Award honors a student member of the NASW-FL Heartland Unit who best exemplifies the profession’s values and ethics, and who demonstrates outstanding potential as a leader in the field. NASW-FL recognizes a student who has notable achievements while still in training.

The Social Worker Educator of the Year Award honors an individual in the Heartland area who contributes significantly to social work education and exemplifies the best of the profession. This award celebrates achievements in education and research, advocacy on behalf of students, and enhancing relationships between social work education and practice. The individual may be faculty or a field liaison affiliated with a CSWE accredited college or university.

The Public Citizen of the Year Award honors an outstanding member of the Heartland area community whose accomplishments exemplify the values and mission of professional social work. The award recipient is not a social worker.

The Elected Official of the Year Award recognizes outstanding service and contributions of an elected official in the Heartland area who has shown leadership in the formulation of public policy, particularly policies that affect social justice, health care, education, civil and human rights, and social practice.

Please be thinking NOW of possible nominees. More information on the nomination process will be forth coming. Also please be aware of a post card mailing or email regarding the next meeting of the Heartland Unit all members are invited and welcome to attend.


“Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.” 
― Bill Drayton, Leading Social Entrepreneurs Changing the World


There are no local events planned at this time.  Please visit the Events page for other opportunities.

If you know of a speaker or a topic you would like presented please contact a Steering Committee member.


Melva Dorsey, MSW - Unit Chair

Penne Williams

Peggy Smith

Melissa Brown

Jackie Bryan

Michiel Crawford

Heather Rhimes

Kelly Wood

Pam Criss - Legislative Chair

Debra LoCicero

Kate Markley

John Chapman