Community Resources & Information
Social workers play an important role in helping the poor and working to eradicate poverty. One of the guiding principles of social work is working for social justice, which lists poverty as a primary social problem, according to the National Association of Social Workers. Social workers provide assistance to the poor on both the micro, or individual, and the macro, or large-scale, levels.
Another important role of social workers is providing community education on poverty and related concerns. For example, poor communities are often affected by issues like gang violence, drug, and alcohol abuse, a lack of available childcare or educational limitations. Social workers help educate communities on how to avoid or reduce these problems, help communities find more productive ways of working together and advise communities about how to find creative or practical solutions to problems.