Your Serve: Getting Involved in Global PT Day of Service on October 12
By Matthew Downy, PT, DPT
The 5th annual PT Day of Service™ takes place on October 12. On that day, thousands of physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students will go out and serve their local and global communities.
Service is at the very heart of our profession. Every day we serve our patients and clients. PT Day of Service is a way for us to transform our passion for service into change for our communities. Since 2015, participants from 60 countries have contributed to PT Day of Service's mission to give back.
How it works
Getting involved is easy! You can sign up as an ambassador, participant, or sponsor.
- Ambassadors help to plan local service projects. They can plan an event independently or with a larger organization such as their workplace or university. Our ambassadors are provided with toolkits and constant support to help you create a successful service project.
- Participants are the driving force of PTDOS, and thousands pledge to participate each year to get involved with local projects.
- Sponsors show their support for the PTDOS movement each year. APTA is a regular sponsor of PTDOS, and the contributions from APTA and others help fund and fuel PTDOS's parent organization, Move Together. Move Together is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase access to quality rehab medicine around the corner and around the world. Move Together handles all of the operations and expenses involved with planning, promoting, and executing PTDOS each year.
How to find a project
Once you've signed up as a participant, you're ready to find a project. If you are not already working with a PTDOS ambassador, you can find a local project using our Project Map. We have new projects being added worldwide! If you do not see a local project, consider becoming an ambassador to take charge of your own project.
How to share your experiences and story
One of the exciting things about PTDOS is seeing participants post about their service projects on social media. We ask that participants use social media to share their pictures, videos, and personal experiences and stories on PTDOS along with the hashtag #PTDOS. While it's not the official way we track the impact of PTDOS, it's an inspiring way to watch thousands of participants share their stories worldwide. It's also a good way to earn a chance at a $500 donation to use to the charity of your choice. You can also follow along with PTDOS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up-to-date!
The PTDOS Team is looking forward to working with you this year and in many future years as we all unite to serve our communities. We can be reached by email quickly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[While you're at it, don't miss out on APTA's "Get Caught Doing Good" photo contest.Take a photo or set of photos from your PT Day of Service community effort and send through social media using the #PTDOS hashtag the week of October 7-13, 2019. A $500 donation will be awarded for best photo to be given to the winner's charity of choice. Photos must be posted by Friday, October 18, 2019, to be considered.]
Matthew Downey PT, DPT, is a physical therapist at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center. He is the assistant director of PTDOS and is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy.