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Membership in MASW

Social and Economic Justice have had a home for over 100 years in the Missouri Association for Social Welfare. As the only generalist, volunteer social welfare organization that views Missouri social conditions as a whole, membership is the backbone of MASW. Whatever your interests or background, there is a place for you within MASW.

The Benefits of Membership

  • A bi-monthly newsletter on pressing social issues
  • New member advocacy packet
  • Newsletters and e-mail alerts on Legislative issues during the Missouri Legislative Session
  • Weekly e-mail notifications of funding grant opportunities through GrantStation
  • Invitations to public forums, conferences and events
  • Opportunities to participate on issue committees and chapters
  • Connections to a statewide network of members and advocates concerned about social justice
  • Chances to impact legislation and policy
  • Your voice joined with kindred voices on behalf of a humane mission

Membership Catagories

  • Individual Member - individual (not organization or business)
  • Student or Low Income Member - self determined (no verification necessary)
  • Organizational Member - membership in the name of an organization with two individuals named to receive publications and notifications and one member receiving voting rights
  • Special Category Member - Provides additional support for organization, member receives special recognition in publications and reports

What Members say about MASW...

I have continued my membership in MAW because of its concern for justice and equality among all people. I plan to remain a member to my dying day.

Reverend Harsh Brown, Columbia

Does great work! It’s not a big-time, over-financed event. Grass roots. People getting involved because they care about people. Fault: so much to do – easy to be spread thin. But it is hard to put a lid on caring.

Representative Marsha Campbell
Missouri House of Representatives
President MASW, 1985-86

MASW was the first social welfare organization that I joined when I became a ‘visitor’, as we were called in 1944, for the St. Louis City Welfare Office. I was appalled at the low welfare budgets I was being asked to administer and at the lack of understanding of what this was doing to families in my caseload. My first introduction to MASW won me over…because of…brilliant papers at the annual conference in 1945 on the many injustices and human sufferings that were occurring because of the low legislative appropriations and our lack of staff.

Jane Bierdeman-Fike, former director
Department of Psychiatric Social Work, Fulton State Hospital

It is so reassuring to have MASW in our midst. May MASW continue to stir our conscience and spur our efforts for a better society.

Rabbi Jerome W. Grollman, St. Louis

MASW keeps concerned legislators from getting lonely. If MASW did not exist a hundred people from across the state would be floundering around trying to create it. There is no other effective network that links principled advocacy efforts for social justice.

Harriet Woods, former Lieutenant Governor

Most characteristic of MASW is its constancy of purpose in good times and bad. It may do best when it is obviously bucking the political and social tides. It is a pleasure to think of all of the wonderful people I have worked with in the ninety year tradition of MASW and to know the work is being carried forward by a new and able generation of problem solvers.

Ralph Pumphrey, Professor, Washington University


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