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(Updated 9/11/20)

Since March 2020, like few other times in our past and due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, social workers have had opportunities to educate and to increase the public’s understanding about social work. Further, the 2020-2021 school year begins, and it does not look like the pressure is letting up. The NASW Foundation slogan, “Social workers help. Anytime. Anywhere.” graces one side of the card given to graduating social workers at university pinning ceremonies around the country. As the Tampa Bay Unit Chair, I have had the pleasure of participating in these pinning ceremonies.  Graduating social work students should know that these times are exciting; they are demanding, but also rewarding. 

Winston Churchill is quoted as saying, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Social workers at times are part of the community needing the help. In that regard, I want to encourage each of us to communicate and confluate. Someone needs to know that pride comes before a fall. Be encouraged; put pride aside and communicate your need to someone.

My manager loves to say, “lean in.” I therefore say to each of us, be present and lean into the future, with confidence.  Many things are unknown, but many more are known, such as this, we ALL will come out the other side sharper, stronger social workers, whether we are new to the field or seasoned social workers.

Thank you. 

Sharon Barber
Tampa Bay Unit Chair

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Tampa Bay Unit Steering Committee members presenting the NASW Tampa Bay Unit Elected Official of the Year 2020 Award to St. Petersburg, Florida Mayor Rick Kriseman in his office on August 25, 2020.

Thank you Mayor Kriseman for all you do for the residents of St. Petersburg and your example of inclusive, compassionate leadership. 



​​October 30, 2020 • Virtual 
*NASW-FL Tampa Bay Unit presents "Fundamentals of Alzheimer's Disease and The Role of The Caregivers" with Debra E. Thrower, MSW, from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m..  Registration is Free.  This workshop has been approved for and offers 2 contact hours. You will receive the Zoom link prior to the workshop. This workshop is sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association.


Sharon Barber - Unit Chair

Unit Vice-chair
Brittany Peters 

Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (CCNLI)
Stacy Kratz 

Social Media
Alexandra Pellot

Haydee Davis

Mary Martinez-Drovie

Stacy Kratz

491 Board Liaison
Susan Infanzon

Chapter Supervisory Task Force
Nancy Gordon
Susan Infanzon