Making a difference in the lives of patients and clients is what physical therapy is all about. Yet, transforming lives does not stop at the clinic, we reach out to our communities and look for ways to give back. Join PTs, PTAs, students, and physical therapy staff from across the world Saturday, October 14, 2017, to participate in a day of service that gives back to the community.
As part of APTA's National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) celebration, staff is hosting events at its headquarters community. We are inviting local members, their staff, and families to participate in these activites. We also encourage members of the physical therapy profession, their staff, and families, globally to do the same in their communities.
How You Can Make a Difference
Here are some ways you can make a difference and support this humanitarian effort.
Pledge to Participate in PT Day of Service
Join fellow members of the physical therapy profession around the world in a day of service to our communities. Learn how you can make a difference!
Neigborhood Blood Drive
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 (9:30 am-3:00 pm)
APTA Headquarters 1111 North Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA
Participation Fee: 1 pint of blood
1 blood donation can save up to 3 lives! APTA, in conjunction with Inova Blood Donor Services, is hosting a blood drive to benefit individuals in our area. Inova Blood Donor Services supplies life saving blood and blood products to 24 different hospitals in the Northern Virginia, Washington, DC metro area. Sign up today!
"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 19-15, 2017. 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 20, 2017, to be considered. Twitter | Facebook
Miracles Baseball League
Saturday, October 14 (1:00 pm-2:30 pm)
Nannie J Lee Recreation Center
1108 Jefferson St
Alexandria, VA 22314
APTA staff and local members will be participating in the Miracle League of Alexandria baseball game Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 1:00 pm-2:30 pm by acting as "Angels in the Outfield." Volunteers will assist Miracle League players to run bases, either running for them, pushing wheelchairs or just helping them and encouraging them along. APTA is excited to participate in this local event that helps individuals with disabilities have a fun and positive sports experience. Sign up to be an 'Angel.'
There are some terrific resources available to motivate, inspire, and get you going in the right direction. Here are a few:
Contact a PT Day of Service ambassador.
VolunteerMatch pairs up volunteers with what they care about to what's available opportunities in their local local area.
Volunteers of America matches volunteers to projects in need.