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 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 a series of events in its headquarters community. We are inviting local members, their staff, and families to join us. We also encourage members of the physical therapy profession, their staff, and families, globally to do the same in their communities.
Highlights from PT Day of Service 2015
Get Caught Doing Good Photo Contest WINNER!
|Submitted by Josh Greensweig. Josh and his team won $500 to be gifted to their charity of their choice. They chose Free Bikes 4 Kidz. Here's their story:
For Global PT Day of Service, our team of PTs, PTAs, and students from across Minnesota paired up with a local organization, Free Bikes 4 Kidz. Free Bikes 4 Kidz was formed in 2008 to help Minneapolis kids in need lead healthier lives by providing them with used bikes collected from the public. The organization has grown tremendously since then, now collecting over 5,000 bikes per year and having expanded to Salt Lake City (and hopefully more cities soon). As volunteers, our role was to repair and clean the bikes, so that every kid receiving one can best experience the joy of receiving a new bike. In just 1 3-hour shift, our team was able to transform nearly 100 bikes! It was a great pleasure for us to work with an organization we believe so strongly represents APTA’s vision by providing a means for thousands of kids to get moving. Special thanks go out to our team of Minnesota PT Day of Service ambassadors—Jen Gigliotti, PT, Eva Norman, PT, DPT, CEEAA, Kayla Findlay, PT, and PT students Andrea Tobias and Kelsie Miller—as well as all of our volunteers who helped make this event possible.
APTA's PT Day of Service "Step Up and Make a Difference" Stair Challenge
PT Day of Service Week at APTA
Want to See What Inspired this Initiative?
Efosa, Josh, and Keaton tell the story behind PTDOS and discuss ways to participate in this global movement!