Helping others arguably represents the heart of who we are. While there may only be one day a year devoted to giving back, the cycle of giving extends far beyond this one day of service for those of us in the physical therapy industry
In the second annual PT Day of Service, the Physical Therapy Community leaned further into the realm of compassion and service, as we saw an increase in hours, participants, and countries as compared to last year!
An added theme this year was to proactively promote a positive and sustainable impact around the world, beyond the day itself. Some did this in the form of setting up sustainable projects that will last for months after PTDOS and others graciously answered our call to donate money to three pre selected initiatives. Every effort, act, and contribution has been so very inspiring.
Through sponsorships, individual donations, t-shirt sales, and promotions, we were able to raise over $22,000! Funds will be managed by the 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Move Together, which we founded in part to make PTDOS a sustainable initiative. Move Together’s mission is to increase access to quality rehab medicine around the corner and around the world. Earlier this year, we notified you of the destinations of where the funds would be put to use. Please see below for review of the different initiatives and fund allocation.
Pro Bono Incubator - $10,000
We will direct $10,000 to the Pro Bono Incubator (PBI). The allocation of these funds will allow the PBI to facilitate and support innovative efforts that are geared towards providing quality rehabilitative care for those with limited access to care in the United States. Applications for the program will be released in early 2017 via Move Together’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and website. For further info on the PBI, please contact Ciara Burgi at CiaraBurgi@MoveTogether.org.
The Quique Ceron Foundation - $5,000
The Quique Ceron Foundation is a sustainable rehab clinic based out of Esquipulas, Guatemala. It is led by Quique Ceron, an inspiring individual who himself had challenges with access and quality care after an injury. Quique was motivated to minimize the barriers to care by creating a rehab clinic that would be able to treat patients from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The $5,000 will go towards a clinic enhancement project. In the effort to improve the clinic’s capacity and capabilities, enhancement will include (but not be limited to): increasing treatment space, improving quality of equipment, improving patient documentation procedures, and supporting personnel. Many of the patients that are seen in this region of Central America lack the ability to receive care due to cost and and lack of options in their region. Quique’s clinic runs year round, turns no one away, and is making a profound impact in that corner of the world.
StandUp Kids - $5,000
Movement and posture is fundamental to rehab medicine and what those in physical therapy encounter daily. That is why we believe in and support the non-profit organization StandUp Kids, which strives to get standing desks in the classroom so that students have another front in which to combat inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle. We will donate $4,000 to StandUp Kids and $1,000 will be directly donated to a StandUp Kids project in Alexandria, Virginia.
Move Together - $2,000
PT Day of Service (PTDOS) is a program of Move Together, Inc, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Allocating specific funding to Move Together enables us to ensure PTDOS is a sustainable initiative that will always have a home. This year’s costs included legal and accounting fees, website, branding, marketing, and the attainment of the 501(c)3 status to enable the safe, effective, and legal granting of funds back to other initiatives and organizations. Diligent steps are taken to minimize costs while maximizing quality of PTDOS. We are so thankful to all team members as they continue to share their passion, heart, and time on a completely volunteer basis. The initiative wouldn’t be what it is without them.
For updates on the above projects, sign up for our email list by utilizing Move Together’s contact form. If you would like to get more involved and dive deeper into service work, please email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
We thank you all so very much! Participants, ambassadors, sponsors, and everyone in between continue to show that compassion is possible and that together we can boldly embark on the journey of making this world a better place. We will see you next year on October 14th for the 3rd annual PT Day of Service!
-Efosa and Josh
A very special thank you to our 2016 platinum and gold Sponsors
My name is Thomas Mandala, I am a second year student at the College of Staten Island’s Physical Therapy Program. This past year, as a part of the PT Day of Service, some classmates and I volunteered at the 15th annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk in New York City. This event raises money to help the families of first responders and military members who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
When I first heard about the PTDOS, I was excited to have an opportunity to give back to our local community on Staten Island but could not decide where to do so. Although it’s true that volunteering in any capacity is always a worthwhile endeavor, I wanted to find something that my classmates and I were truly passionate about. After some research, we soon realized that the Tunnel to Towers was the perfect event for us. The foundation is named after a local hero and Staten Island native, firefighter Stephen Siller. On 9/11, although off-duty, Stephen attempted to drive to Lower Manhattan through the Battery Tunnel and, upon realizing he was unable to do so, ran 3.5 miles in 60 lbs of gear before making the ultimate sacrifice while helping to save others. Our class is a part of a small and tight-knit program within the small and tight-knit community of Staten Island. While Stephen is one of Staten Island’s most cherished local heroes, there were hundreds more Staten Islanders just like him who gave their lives in the service of others on 9/11. In such a small community, nearly every single person was directly affected by the loss of a friend or loved one on 9/11, so this event means a great deal to the people that make up our campus. Additionally, as someone whose father and two uncles are firefighters that were fortunate enough to survive 9/11, this event has a special significance for me.
I am very proud to have participated in the PTDOS and represented our profession while in the service of others. However, I am even more proud of the event my classmates and I chose to volunteer at and the community where we go to school. I strongly encourage you to volunteer in any capacity you can find during next year’s PTDOS. Moreover, I challenge you to take it one step further and find a cause that you are passionate about, and one that makes a difference in the community where you go to school or work. This event had a profound impact on my life and I know that I will be participating in next year’s PTDOS; I hope that you will join me!
Last year after PTDOS was finished, we asked ourselves the question, ‘how can we do more to support our professional brothers and sisters, to strengthen our community even more?
Written by: Tera Gwaltney, SPT, PTA and Alexis Morgan, SPT
Students, faculty, and staff at East Tennessee State University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program are pleased to join the Global PT Day of Service movement, especially after seeing what last year’s PTDOS involvement did for the program, school, and community.
Last year, ETSU hosted their 2nd annual Zombie 5k Run (picture below) and first-ever PT Pub Night in the area to raise money and food items for the local food bank; through their efforts, they were able to provide 738 meals for families in their community.
Witnessing Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, DPT/PTA students, and pre-PT students come together to meet a local need, was inspiring and beautiful, and the community of PT’s in East Tennessee are excited for October 15, 2016!
PTDOS 2016 at ETSU is starting off with a “summer social” on Sunday, July 31st, where all 3 classes of students will join together for fun, fellowship and networking. During this time, students will kick off the excitement and brainstorming, while planning community service projects for October 15th.
Mattie Stepanek once said, “Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” The ETSU DPT family is eagerly planning for an even larger impact to be made this year on October 15th
The 2016 PT Day of Service funds will be directed toward having a widespread impact on the world, as we: work to support communities locally, improve communities abroad, and transform society through movement.
Efosa and Josh discuss results from 2015 and what is new for the PT Day of Service 2016
In 2015, we started a question with two simple words: what if?
Just a few months later, those two words led to the development of an international movement that united our profession in acts of service. On October 17, 2015, we held our first PT Day of Service.
The response of the PT community and the results from last year were astounding. Together, we gathered nearly 4,000 participants from all 50 states in the United States and 28 countries across the globe. Countless new service projects were started on that day, including some that have now become sustainable: a group of students who built a wheelchair ramp for PTDOS last year have found a greater need and regularly build more ramps in their community, providing greater accessibility for all; an aquatics class that started as a one time event had a big turnout and has now became a recurring class for community members. These examples have proven that one small act can set us on a trajectory of positive change, and positive changes across the world can help us transform society.
As we embark on PT Day of Service 2016, our focus is on the day and beyond. We are excited to introduce three new areas of innovation for 2016 that will allow PT Day of Service and all of its participants to effectuate the most positive change:
Improved service project coordination. Ambassadors will be asked to start a project on VolunteerSpot, making it easier to recruit participants and coordinate efforts for the day. We have also introduced an Ambassadors Facebook group to facilitate networking and discussion amongst those leading service projects.
More resources for sustainable and responsible service. Keep an eye out for our new social media feature, Sustainable Sundays. We also have an entire team dedicated to supporting ambassadors and promoting positive and empowering engagement with each community we touch.
Three new pathways for donations and sponsorships that will exponentially increase our impact. All proceeds from PTDOS will be directed towards the below three initiatives, as well as the Non Profit organization Move Together Inc, which will be handling the operations and management of the actions with and dedications to said programs. Each initiative below will be featured in its own blog post in the coming months. Proceeds will:
- Improve Communities Locally: our Pro Bono Incubator will help facilitate innovation in underserved areas across the country.
- Better Communities Abroad: we are working with the Quique Ceron foundation to enhance the quality and sustainability of services delivered in Quique's clinic in Esquipulas, Guatemala.
- Transform Society through Movement: we partnered with StandUp Kids, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to getting standing desks for kids at every elementary school across the country.
- Improve Communities Locally: our Pro Bono Incubator will help facilitate innovation in underserved areas across the country.
We are also incredibly excited to be working with a passionate and talented team of 21 volunteers this year. Their efforts will help make it possible for our profession to reach further and deeper into communities. We thank them for all they are doing to improve the coordination and execution of the day.
PT Day of Service represents the best of who we are as a profession and demonstrates the impact we can have when we unite in common effort.
Join us today by pledging as a participant, ambassador, and/or sponsor. Let's show the world that compassion can be manifested into action as we come together to create positive ripples across the world.
-Efosa and Josh
The PTDOS team is excited to announce our next Program of the Day: University of North Dakota! Check out their plans for October 17th, and lookout for social media updates all day on Wednesday, Oct. 14th, from University of North Dakota DPT students under the #PTDOS.
Written by: Anthony Charbonneau, SPT, CSCS, EP-C
The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of North Dakota is thrilled to have the amazing opportunity to participate in PT Day of Service 2015. It has given the physical therapy community the unique chance to unite and contribute to something that will impact the lives of all involved. The purpose of PT Day of Service is truly inspiring, and UND PT is looking forward to being a part of something that has an effect on such a grandiose scale.
There are 5 core benchmarks that characterize UND PT’s commitment to preparing its students to become quality, reputable physical therapists. Of these, there are 2 that focus on our dedication for the advocacy of service to the community and for health and wellness at the societal level. This is demonstrated through UND PT’s Pro Bono Clinic, a clinic provided by the 3rd year students to those who seek care they cannot find elsewhere, and UND PT takes great pride in this service. In order to continue our commitment to serving the community, UND PT has recruited the selfless support of 1st year, 3rd year, and pre-PT undergraduate students who will be volunteering at Valley Eldercare Center.
On October 17th, our main focus is to make new friends and form memorable bonds with the residents at Valley Eldercare Center. We will be playing Bingo with fun prizes, help with cleaning the courtyards, and offer a listening ear for some good, simple conversation with the residents. Sometimes all these individuals want is someone to share their story with, and we look forward to learning about their life’s journey! We hope by the end of the day we will have met someone we can call a friend; that is our goal.
Something that has stuck with me personally as a physical therapy student at UND were my interactions with other students from physical therapy schools across the nation at National Student Conclave in Louisville, KY in 2013. Many if not all of the students whom I conversed with had little to no idea that North Dakota even had a physical therapy program, let alone one that is continually ranked with the top physical therapy schools in the nation. Well, here we are, and we are ready to make an impact on October 17th and for many years to come!