Each March, National Social Work Month recognizes the impact social workers deliver while providing services to children and adults in need. This month, we'll be taking time to celebrate and get to know some of the dedicated social workers across DOROT.
Sharon Stahl, Volunteer Services/Coordinator of College and Adult Volunteers
When did you know that you wanted to be a social worker?
When I was in college I was thinking of going into teaching, but very quickly realized that I wasn't that great at math, science or history. At the same time, a close family member received a serious medical diagnosis. I heard a lot about the social workers that were so helpful and caring to my family. I quickly shifted my focus and never looked back. My physics textbook has not been seen or heard from since.
How has the pandemic affected your work?
I was using Zoom way before most people knew what it was. Zooming was how I conducted almost all of the Academic and Summer College Internship interviews. Oddly enough, I think the pandemic has positively impacted my work. I've been able to be more creative and offer more virtual programs than I thought possible, including Tapestry Tours, Zoom Cardmaking and Orientations for new volunteers. Also, my commute to work is significantly shorter than it used to be and that's always a plus!
What is something that you love about your work?
When I interview prospective interns this was and continues to be my favorite question that I get asked. I used to love answering this question even more from my cul-de-sac of cubicles on the 6th floor, from where anyone within an earshot could hear me. The thing I love most about my work is the people I get to work with every day!
More about Sharon:
Sharon Stahl was born and raised in Riverdale, NY. She's the youngest of four sisters and the proud aunt of nine nieces and nephews. When not working she can be found socially distancing from others...after all, we're still in a pandemic.
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