As a healthcare professional, service to others is something that is simply in your DNA. If you are like most Physical Therapists, it doesn’t feel like you chose PT as a career but instead feel like you were called to the profession. On October 13th, PTs around the world are asking you to go a step further in service to your community. Known as PT Day of Service, this global movement with volunteers from at least 55 countries are pledging to participate in activities in their community to help energize, motivate, and inspire others to positively create the change that is needed.
Organizers of PT Day of Service know how busy you are and have made it easy for you to participate. Here is how you can participate:
- Pledge to Participate – fill out the form here to let organizers know you are participating.
- Find a Place to Serve – Find a location or an activity in your community where you can serve. Explore the PTDOS Ambassador Map to find a location near you or search for a local ambassador here.
- Get the Word Out – Use social media to spread the word to your colleagues to encourage them to join you. Use the hashtag #PTDOS and #choosePT when posting on social media.
- Complete Your Service Commitment – Whatever activity you choose, be sure to participate on October 13, 2018, or within one week of that date!
Participating in PTDOS activities can be as easy or as involved as you want. From serving meals at the local soup kitchen, helping less fortunate people in the community to mow their lawn or do some fall cleanup, or join a group that is painting houses. Every act of service makes a difference and has a positive impact on the lives of others.
Another important aspect of PT Day of Service is inspiring others to have their own impact on the community. One of the ways to do that is to document your participation through photos. Snap photos of your individual or group activity and post it through social media using the #PTDOS hashtag anytime during the week of October 8 through October 13th! You never know when a photo of your service work will resonate with someone else and inspire them to do something in their own community. Also, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is sponsoring a “Get Caught Doing Good” photo contest and will award $500 for the best photo to the winner’s charity of choice. Please be sure to post your PTDOS photos to Twitter or Facebook by Friday, October 19, 2018.
We want to hear from you. Please share your PT Day of Service plans in the comment section below, or join the discussion on our Facebook page using the #SHCcares and #SHCgivesback on your PT Day of service photos!