Wednesday, October 11, 2017 New 'Rehab Therapists Give Back' Effort Helps Channel Donations to Hurricane Victims in Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico Though the storms themselves have passed, people affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria will struggle with the devastation for the foreseeable future. Physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and other rehabilitation professionals now have an opportunity to come together as a unified community to help those in need. Earlier this month, electronic medical records system provider WebPT announced the launch of "Rehab Therapists Give Back," an online giving program with the goal of raising $1 million for people affected by recent hurricanes that destroyed parts of Houston, Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Accessible through a GlobalGiving website, the initiative allows donors to contribute any amount to any of 4 relief funds. To help kickstart the campaign, WebPT made a $10,000 donation to the effort. APTA followed suit by committing a $10,000 donation match, which was met within 24 hours. "Many of our members have been asking about where they could make a relief donation," said Justin Moore, PT, DPT, APTA's chief executive officer. "The Rehab Therapists Give Back campaign is an ideal opportunity to join other professionals in showing our commitment to helping people rebuild their lives." Another future opportunity to give to a different cause through GlobalGiving: keep an eye on the new Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) GlobalGiving website for future fundraising efforts that support education for the health care workforce in resource-scarce countries. APTA is a supporter of HVO, and several APTA members have participated in HVO efforts to support physical therapy in places such as Haiti, Rwanda, and Myanmar.