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NASW-NJ Awards

Celebrating Excellence and Service in Social Work

All active members of NASW-NJ are invited to nominate individuals for these prestigious awards: 

  • Social Worker of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Public Citizen of the Year
  • Elected Public Official of the Year  
  • Outstanding Service Award

The NASW-NJ Executive Committee will review nominations and determine recipients of these Awards. Recipients will be personally notified and we will announce their selection in FOCUS.

 To nominate an individual for an award, click here.

 If you have questions, please contact Willis Williams at

Award Details

Social Worker of the Year

The Social Worker of the Year Award honors a member of NASW-NJ who exemplifies the best of the profession's values and achievements through recent, specific accomplishments.  In honoring the Social Worker of the Year, NASW-NJ highlights superb accomplishments in the practice of social work. 


Lifetime Achievement

Each year, NASW-NJ selects a social worker for this award to celebrate a lifetime of professional accomplishments.  In honoring the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, NASW-NJ recognizes the best in social work values and accomplishments demonstrated throughout a social worker's career. 


Public Citizen of the Year

NASW-NJ established the Public Citizen of the Year Award to honor an outstanding member of the community whose accomplishments exemplify the values and mission of professional social work.  The recipient of this award is not a social worker.


Elected Public Official of the Year

Elected officials make decisions about a broad range of issues including policies that affect social justice, health care, education, civil and human rights, and social work practice. NASW-NJ established an annual award to recognize the outstanding service and contributions of an elected official.  Special consideration will be given to social workers elected to public office.


Outstanding Service Awards

The Outstanding Service Award is given to NASW-NJ members or a community-based social work program for outstanding service to their local communities.  Each of the Chapter Units will have the opportunity to nominate a Unit member or location organization for this Award.

Through these Awards, NASW-NJ recognizes the best social work values and accomplishments demonstrated by our members' and organizations' contribution to the profession of social work within their community.

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