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Taking a Look Back on PTDOS

Thursday, November 30, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Taking a Look Back on PT Day of Service

By: Megan Lamphere, SPT, Northwestern University

October 14th, 2017, and the days surrounding it, were full of volunteer and service opportunities for students in Illinois. PT Day of Service (PTDOS) was created to put compassion into action by serving the communities around the corner and around the globe! Check out what schools and districts did to participate in PTDOS this year.

Your Illinois SSIG leadership team challenged all of the Illinois DPT and PTA programs to participate.

We are happy to recognize the Illinois programs for their participation.

64 Midwestern University DPT students volunteered at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora. The students helped packed meals for children in need.

In addition, the Midwestern University students also held a school supply drive at the beginning of the year and collected almost 850 items for a local school. 


Northwestern University's students volunteered at Montrose Beach in Chicago to help clean up the area and plant trees.


The PTA students at Fox College attended the National Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day in Chicago. They also held a “jeans day" where students pay to wear jeans on campus to raise money to fund Fox College’s Walking Team for the National Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day.


Southwestern Illinois College PTA students held a toy/stuffed animal drive to benefit St. Louis Children’s Hospital!


Students from Bradley University partnered with Peoria’s Fuller Center to travel to a Veteran’s home to do some yard-work and chat about old war stories. They also sold t-shirts to raise money for the Fuller Center.


The DPT students from University of Illinois at Chicago traveled to Milestone Physical Therapy in Highland, IN where they organized a respite weekend for parents to drop their kids off for 2 hours so their kids could exercise and get some healthy treats! All the volunteers dressed up and taught the kids about exercise and healthy snacks.

The students also went to Oak View Community Center in Oak Lawn, IL where they packaged boxes for the troops overseas.


Students from Bradley University partnered with Peoria’s Fuller Center to travel to a Veteran’s home to do some yard-work and chat about old war stories. They also sold t-shirts to raise money for the Fuller Center.


Rosalind Franklin University students volunteered with A Safe Place, a program offering services for families have been effected by domestic violence. They helped out by helping families move, pulling weeds, building furniture, and providing a helping hand where ever it was needed.

Elgin Community College raised funds for four different organizations by the students of Elgin: Public Action to Deliver Shelter which provides shelter for homeless individuals; Elgin Community College Food Pantry which provides food for students in need, The Anderson Animal Shelter, and the Fetching Tails Foundation.


Students at Morton College collected supplies to donate to the Center for Independence. This organization provides services to children with disabilities to help them maximize their functional independence.

Thank you to all the schools that participated in PT DOS. The impact we can make as a student body has no limit. Let’s get excited of PT DOS 2018!

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