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Oct. 2017 E-Newsletter

How to Help with 
Hurricane Irma

NASW-FL is reaching out to you in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. It is our sincere hope that each of you is safe and has food, water and housing.  Please let us know if you need any assistance NASW-FL can provide.

We also want to ask if you are able to offer any assistance in your area to local members. If you are able to offer assistance, please email the type of assistance, phone number, email address and location to

If you are able to help others in more sustainable ways or wish to volunteer to help various areas of Florida, please register with the Red Cross:

The first ethical principle of our Code of Ethics is “Service.” Social workers’ primary goal is to help people in need and to address social problems. As we face the tremendous task of rebuilding our communities in Florida, NASW-FL is committed to provide leadership and resources for its membership. We hope each of you will join us in our efforts. 

Below are some links to resources you may use and share for recovery efforts.

Thank you for your continued support and participation.

Jim Akin, NASW-FL Executive Director
Katharine Campbell, NASW-FL President

Basic Recovery Resources:

  • Florida residents who have sustained losses can begin applying for assistance by registering online at or calling 1-800-621-3362 from 7 AM to 10 PM any day of the week.

  • Real-time traffic information, dial 511 on any landline or mobile device physically located in Florida, visit, or download the FL 511 app on your mobile device.

  • The latest information from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, visit or call 1-800-342-3557, which is open 24/hours a day and 7/days a week.

  • If you need to consult an insurance expert, call the Florida Department of Financial Services’ insurance helpline at 1-877-693-5236 from 8 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday or visit

  • To report specific information about price gouging, please call 1-866-966-7226 or visit Keep your receipt or take a photograph of the displayed charge to support your complaint.

  • The Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program is now available to Broward and Miami-Dade businesses affected by Hurricane Irma. The loan application is available online at or call 1-800-659-2955.

NASW Florida 2017

Diversity Survey Results Overview

We want to thank those members who took time to share their important input with the Florida Chapter. The NASW Member Diversity Survey 2017 consisted of a 20 Likert-style items and seven open-ended items. Six percent (N=297) of the NASW Florida members responded to some or all the items on the survey.  The table included below sums the responses to the first 20 items of the survey. Many members were not aware of what NASW Florida is doing in response to advocacy for many groups of citizens living in Florida. Most members are not aware of the Diversity Plan for local units or the Florida Chapter. A significant number is not aware of significant efforts by the Florida Chapter to address diversity dialogue between divided communities. There is also a perception that local units do not have a balanced representation of diverse groups of social workers.

Click here to read the PDF report.


NASW-FL has a monthly electronic newsletter and a printed bulletin sent to all current FL Chapter members..

The electronic newsletter will keep you informed of current events and issues, upcoming local Unit and continuing education events, along with ways to become more involved. We hope you enjoy receiving these monthly updates directly to your e-mail inbox,

The printed Bulletin will continue to include important highlights about NASW and the social work profession with a little more depth.

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