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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
C.W. King (1941 - )
Pioneering Contributions: C.W. King is recognized as a NASW Social Work Pioneer for his extensive and innovative leadership in social service organizations and community activities at the local, state and national levels. Throughout his long career, C.W. King’s leadership qualities have been used successfully to advance the mission of social work as well as enhancing the quality of life in the communities of which he was a member. As the Director of the Chippewa County Human Services Agency for 27 years, King was responsible for shaping and integrating a variety of local social service programs into an efficient, responsive and client-oriented system. At a time when “institutionalization” was the main focus of treatment, he advocated and led the agency to provide community-based programs for clients. As a result, the Chippewa County Human Services Agency pioneered many innovative programs including a Community Options Program, Community Support Program and a positive development program focused on creating opportunities for clients to become self-supporting through employment. In addition, his advocacy and leadership led to the addition of community-based programs including a sheltered workshop and work programs for the handicapped in Chippewa County.
Career Highlights: In 1972, C.W. King moved to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin where he began his long career in professional social work and volunteerism, primarily in the areas of human services, veteran’s affairs, and community-based organizations. As a Vietnam veteran, C.W. King was motivated to become an advocate for programs to benefit veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He served on the Post Traumatic Treatment Advisory Council for the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Tomah, WI. It was his work in the 1970s and 1980s with Vietnam veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress syndrome that gained him recognition as the 1985 Wisconsin Social Worker of the Year.
King helped organize the Wisconsin chapter of NASW and then served a term as Chapter President and as a member of the Board of Directors. On the national level, C.W. King served two terms on the NASW Board of Directors and served as a member of the National Finance Committee. King was nominated and elected Treasurer of NASW and later appointed to serve on the NASW Insurance Trust, where he taught classes in the area of risk management.
C.W. King's leadership and social work values were also exemplified through his many activities as a citizen volunteer focused on making Chippewa Falls a better place in which to live and work. King became a founding director of the Chippewa Falls YMCA and served two years on the Board of Directors, including one term as President. He also provided leadership in the development and construction of the YMCA's physical structure. King was a member of the local Optimist Club for thirty-six years. He served two terms as President and participated in their annual fund raising activities to support the many local and national youth programs sponsored by the Optimist Club. King also contributed by serving as the President of the Chippewa Falls Police and Fire Commission and City Council, as well as being a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Chippewa Valley Airport Commission.
Biographical Data: C.W. King was born in Topeka, Kansas but raised in Iowa. After graduating from high school, at the age of 18 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. During his six-year enlistment, King served in the Army’s Special Forces. His active duty included tours of duty in Germany, Okinawa and Vietnam. Following his honorable discharge, King acquired his Bachelors of Arts Degree from Washburn University; and in 1971 he received his Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas. King moved to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin in 1972 to accept a position. In 1975 he was appointed Director of the Chippewa County Human Services Agency, a position he held until his retirement in 1999. King is married and has a daughter and son.
Significant Achievements: In 1985, C.W. King was recognized as the Wisconsin Social Worker of the Year. In 2013, C.W. King was presented a “Key to the City” in recognition of his four years service as a member of the City Council of Chippewa Falls, WI including three years as Council President.
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Stetzer, R. (April 21, 2013). C.W. King’s life has taken him from military hot spots to helping county residents. Chippewa Herald. Retrieved from Chippewa.com