Our clients, friends, and colleagues at the Campaign for What Works are heading up the charge to rename the Pennsylvania Dept. of Public Welfare.  And you can help – in under 30 seconds.

SIGN THE PETITION HERE: CHANGE DPW’S NAME TO THE DEPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES

From the Campaign:

There are a whole host of reasons to rename the Pa. Dept. of Public Welfare.  Every other state in the country has already eliminated “welfare” from their agencies’ titles. Ninety-three percent of what DPW does is human services, and couldn’t be considered “welfare” by any stretch of the imagination. Not to mention that the largest percentage of DPW’s consumers are people who are elderly or who have disabilities, not people who simply “don’t want to work.”

Yet for all the reasons out there, this one might strike the hardest: respect.

The 90 year-old grandmother who worked her whole life to provide for her family doesn’t (and shouldn’t) consider herself a welfare recipient just because she needs some in-home care.  The parents of a teenage boy with several intellectual and physical disabilities don’t (and shouldn’t) consider their son a welfare recipient.  It’s time to remove the stigma from Pennsylvanians who are just trying to get by and access the care they deserve.

We commend the Campaign for its work, and we think this is a perfect example of a modern, effective civic campaign in action.  The idea is gaining traction, and there is currently a bill in the Pennsylvania House to update DPW’s name, which you can read about here.

Please consider taking 30 seconds to sign the petition.