What is SWAG?

S.W.A.G: Social Worker Appreciation of Greatness Awards mission is to honor the “heart work” of local social work heroes that is oftentimes unappreciated and unrecognized.  The goal of the annual SWAG awards ceremony is to recognize social workers in the Greater Pittsburgh Area who exemplify servant leadership through their commitment to promoting advocacy, social justice, generational healing and building stronger communities.

When was SWAG established?

The S.W.A.G (Social Worker Appreciation of Greatness) Awards Ceremony was created in March 2019 following the online celebration of historical African American social workers during Black History Month and the online recognition of local social workers during National Social Work month by Vitamin C Healing. The inaugural event was held virtually in March, 2022.  The annual S.W.A.G awards ceremony will be held each March in honor of National Social Work month.

Who is eligible for the SWAG award?

SWAG award candidates must reside and practice in the Greater Pittsburgh region including neighboring counties within a 20 mile radius,  hold a degree in social work (Bachelors, Master’s Doctorate), 3 years of experience in the social work field, and uphold the social work core values.


When are nominations?

Nominations generally open each year in September and close by the end of October.  Visit https://www.theswagawards.com/nominate to nominate a social worker.​