The PT Day of Service Story
What if. I imagine a few things have started that way in the past, and a few things will start that way in the future. This particular ‘what if’ came to my mind in February 2015. I was doing health volunteer work off the Amazon River in Peru. As I looked upon the river, an idea that had been bubbling in the back of my mind suddenly shot to the front in full force. What if, on the same day, clinicians, students and associated staff of the Physical Therapy profession volunteered in different communities around the world? What if, we then shared those moments and acts in a way that was galvanizing, inspiring, and promoted connections all over the world? What if!?
Being on the Amazon and watching the river flow, I couldn’t help but think of our profession of Physical Therapy as a flowing river. A river made up of passion, love, life, kindness, and heart. A river that enhances and is enhanced by the shores it passes and the encounters it makes. Our River. Our Profession. Our Communities. The idea was taking form that a Day of Service would serve as another wave to have a positive impact on all involved. I was smiling as the thought was developing and I knew I had to share it with someone. I emailed Josh right away... For the full PTDOS Story, click here.
The PTDOS Team
Physical Therapy Day of Service is brought to you by a team of physical therapists passionate about service!
Communications & Outreach Team
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Global Affairs Team
Sustainability, Responsibility, and Support Team
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For more information about PT Day of Service®, check out the frequently asked questions, below. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
What service activities will count as participation? In other words, how do you define “service”?
We view service as any activity that contributes to the betterment of your community. Whether that means you choose to serve in a soup kitchen, clean up a community garden, or work in a pro bono physical therapy clinic, we are happy to include you as a participant.
Whose participation are you counting in the grand total?
In 2017, we are excited to invite everyone to join and serve under the banner of PTDOS! Whether it's friends, family, or colleagues, we ask that you invite everyone to pledge on our website. Let's transcend physical therapy and help unite the world to take action on their compassion!
What if I want to participate but have a conflict on the day of service?
That’s okay, we understand that one day does not work for everyone! If your act of service is within one week of the day of service, you can still sign up as a participant and we will count your service towards our grand total. If possible, we still encourage you to post your stories on the day of service, October 14th, using #PTDOS.
Do you coordinate the service opportunity? Or do we find one ourselves?
While we are coordinating efforts around the day, we are not setting up specific service opportunities for all involved. If you want to participate but cannot find a location to serve, check the ambassadors page to find an ambassador and service project in your area.
Do I need liability protection?
Unfortunately, there are no clear cut answers on whether volunteers need protection for certain types of service activities. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the legality or safety of your services, we encourage you to contact your insurance provider or the organization for which you plan to volunteer.
I would love to be an ambassador, but what exactly does that mean?
Ambassadors are our grassroots organizers - they are tasked with organizing the service activity within their community/organization. Each ambassador is provided with a toolkit of resources to get up and running and is asked to help promote the day.
I would love to see my company/university as a sponsor. What exactly does sponsorship mean?
Sponsors are organizations (ie Universities, clinics, corporations, etc) that support PTDOS. Each sponsor must fulfill three main requirements:
- Promote and participate in PTDOS;
- Identify at least one ambassador within their organization
- Donate at one of the sponsorship tiers (note: 100% of donations will go towards improving access to quality rehab medicine around the corner and around the world)
How are donations handled? Where does the money go?
Donations are being managed by Move Together, Inc, a 501(c)3 non-profit, PTDOS's parent organization. The efforts of the team have been 100% volunteered. Proceeds will be going towards the enhancement and operations of Move Together Inc., whose mission is to increase access to quality rehab medicine around the corner and around the world.
Move Together works to ensure administrative costs for PTDOS are kept low. From the beginning, PTDOS has been run with a mindset of quality, effectiveness, and sustainability. All funds above administrative costs will be used to to support Move Together's programs and operations, including but not limited to Move Together's Clinic Development program, Clinic Enhancement program, and Pro Bono Incubator program. All funding will be used to support communities and individuals in need and will be operationalized to directly fulfill Move Together's mission. For more information on our current and prospective costs, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Are donations tax deductible?
Move Together is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, thus your donations are tax deductible. All personal donations over $250 will receive a receipt from the Move Together. Organizations that sponsor will also receive a W-9 form for their records.
I see the symbol "®" next to PT Day of Service on your website. What does that mean?
The PT Day of Service team has decided to trademark the day as a way of ensuring the day's original purpose remains intact- to promote servant leadership across the globe. If you would like to use the phrase "PT Day of Service" in a way that we have no already specified, please contact us.
Who is behind the day of service?
PT Day of Service is put together by a cohort of PTs, PTAs, students, and other professionals who are passionate about service. Their time and efforts are 100% volunteered.