The second annual Physical Therapy Day of Service (PTDOS) is set to take place on October 15, 2016. We hope this will be an event that happens 100 years from now where we see the PT profession and communities come together for a day of service to promote sustainable change around the world. In 2015, the inaugural PTDOS was a roaring success. The event recruited over 3,700 participants from all 50 states and 28 countries, raised over $750,000 for charity, and rallied the profession to volunteer nearly 11,500 hours of their time. This innovative initiative is mobilizing clinicians, students, and associated staff of the PT profession to volunteer in communities around the world again this year.
This year, the PTDOS team is emphasizing sustainable change by focusing its efforts on ‘the day and beyond.’ The initiative has introduced new and improved ways to coordinate service projects for the day and is promoting more resources to ensure all service projects are sustainable. Additionally, the team has announced three new pathways for donations and sponsorships, as funds will be directed to the Pro Bono Incubator, the Quique Ceron Foundation, and StandUp Kids. Each addition helps the profession have a sustainable and responsible impact in communities across the globe.
As with last year, all participants are encouraged to donate their time, experience, and passion to the community in any form. The PTDOS team believes that service embodies all that the physical therapy profession represents. Whether it’s working in a soup kitchen, cleaning up a park, or assisting a local nonprofit, the mission of PT Day Of Service is to unite the profession to give back to the community and make the world a better place.
“PTDOS showed us last year that a single day of service can create immeasurable ripples that are felt near and far. Our goal from the very beginning has been to encourage those ripples to be as long lasting and continuous as possible. We hope to take things further this year through new strategies and programs that promote sustainable change, ambassador support, and by working hand in hand with our communities. When we come together with compassion in our hearts and our hands ready for action, anything is possible and everything can change.” – Efosa Guobadia
Getting involved with PTDOS takes less than 30 seconds. Just visit the PTDOS website where you will have the ability to pledge to participate, sponsor, or donate to the initiative and learn how to spread the word about the project’s mission. For a list of individuals leading service initiatives near your community, please visit here. We’ve contributed to the cause and hope that you’ll do so too. We look forward to seeing our EIM community get involved!