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Treating at a pro bono clinic. Working in a soup kitchen. Cleaning up a park... No matter where or how, we have the ability to positively impact change. Whether we call ourselves 'Physical Therapists' or 'Physiotherapists,' service embodies who we are, what we do, and how we act. Become a part of PT Day of Service™ as we join together to better the world!

When: 10/12/2019
Where: Statewide
United States
Contact: IPTA

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The Illinois Physical Therapy Association is proud to be a 2019 Silver Sponsor & Ambassador for Global PT Day of Service (October 12, 2019).  

Treating at a pro bono clinic. Working in a soup kitchen. Cleaning up a park... No matter where or how, we have the ability to positively impact change. Whether we call ourselves 'Physical Therapists' or 'Physiotherapists,' service embodies who we are, what we do, and how we act. Become a part of PT Day of Service™ as we join together to better the world!

PTDOS is a day created to unite the profession of physical therapy in acts of service; PTDOS aims to transform society by inspiring PTs, PTAs, students, and family/friends of PT worldwide to
give back to their communities. For more information on PT Day of Service, visit ptdayofservice.comThe origin story of the initiative is here PTDOS Story!

The IPTA is encouraging PT clinics/ hospitals/ schools throughout the state to get involved.

District Chairs are encouraging member to either volunteer or participate in service events that give back to their communities. Check out some ideas on how you can volunteer for PTDOS:


CENTRAL DISTRICT: Salt & Light Ministries Vitals Screening and Volunteering

Poverty of community affects all of us. Salt & Light in Urbana and Champaign, IL addresses this broken relationship through opportunities that build collaborative connections with community members and participants. On Saturday October 12th we will be supporting Salt & Light Ministries (1819 Philo Road, Urbana, IL) from 9-11am by providing vitals screens for the local shoppers as well as providing assistance as volunteers in the store. This is a great opportunity to provide information to the community about their health, #ChoosePT, and to give back.

If you are interested in volunteering at this event - please email Emily Pisani, Central District Chair at


NORTH CENTRAL DISTRICT: Volunteer at Rock RIver Valley Food Pantry

North Central District members are encouraged to volunteer at the Rock River Valley Food Pantry.  So grab some colleagues, friends and family to make a difference! Rock River Valley Food Pantry is working to fight hunger in our community.

They have volunteer opportunities available Monday through Fridays from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm. Shifts are normally two to three hours long and include various assignments. Help sort or pack food, or assist their clients with check-in and food selection. Please visit their webpage here for more information.

When you do volunteer remember to, share a picture via social media and email Becky Lesko, North Central District Chair your pic to be highlighted in an updated IPTA publication! 


NORTHERN DISTRICT: Volunteer at Feed My Starving Children

The Northern District will be celebrating Global PT Day of Service by volunteering and donating to Feed my Starving Children.

Feed my Starving Children has 3 local centers in our district of which you can choose to volunteer at a time that works for you!   You can choose the location and time on October 12th that is convenient for you by visiting the Feed my Starving Children website at  

When you volunteer on October 12th, share a picture via social media and email Brad Tracy, Northern District Chair your pic to be highlighted in an updated IPTA publication! 


SOUTHERN DISTRICT: Coat Collection Drive

SWIC PTA faculty and students will be doing a coat drive and wish to extend the invitation to all members of the Southern District to participate by collecting coats at their facility.  Please email to let us know if you will be a collection site.  Your job would be to place a bin somewhere that will attract attention.

SWIC PTA faculty/students will provide informational signs electronically to promote the collection.  Coats should be new or clean/gently used of any size.  SWIC PTA Students are pairing with a local church to provide coats to individuals in need in the Southern District area.  Collection can begin immediately, with coats needed by or before October 10th. To arrange for drop off of coats at SWIC, contact  In the event that you wish to collect coats but will be unable to drop them off, please contact us to see if we can arrange for a pick up by a faculty member or student living in your area.


WEST CENTRAL DISTRICT: Volunteer at a Community Screening Event / Exhibit at the Health Kids Running Series

On Saturday, October 12th, we will be hosting a community screening event (general ortho screens, balance/ falls prevention screens, BP/ vitals, etc) as well as mobile blood donation unit at 2201 W. White Oaks in Springfield between 2-4pm. 

On Sunday, October 13th, we will have a table at the Healthy Kids Running Series race event at Centennial Park in Springfield at 4pm to hand out goodies and educational materials that promote physical therapy to the families and young racers.

We can’t wait to help the community better understand physical therapy and how we can help people safely get moving and improve function and performance.

Here’s what you can do to help:

  1. Volunteer!  Email Gail Johnson, West Central District Chair to let her know your availability and which (or both) events you’d like to be present for.
  2. Talk about the screening event!  Start letting your patients, friends and employers know so that we have plenty of folks attend.  This is a great opportunity to market yourself as a physical therapist but also your business – Plan on wearing your logo wear to the event and bringing your own marketing materials.
  3. Post about it!  We are seeking members to post the events on social media platforms as well!  Share, tweet, etc…


STUDENT SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP: Donation drive for Cradles to Crayons

Leaders of the IPTA Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) have been working closely with schools across Illinois to create one huge PT Day of Service (PTDOS) event which all SPT/SPTAs can participate in. (click here to download flyer).

SSIG has teamed up with Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit organization who provide school supplies, hygiene products, and clothing to children in the Chicagoland area (as well as other locations in Boston and Philadelphia!). We're asking you, and your classmates, to join in our efforts to stock the donation shelves of Cradles to Crayons in order to help out children in need. Your donations will allow children in need to have access to items that keep them warm, clean, and ready to learn!


Click here for a list of acceptable items.

However you decide to donate, email your SSIG leadership at so that your fundraising efforts can be recognized in an upcoming SSIG VITALS newsletter. Be sure to include photos!


Physical Therapy Advantage (North Aurora) - - -- FREE Community Health Fair

On Saturday, October 12th, Physical Therapy Advantage in conjunction with Aurora University and Waubonsee Community College's Department's of Health Science are offering the Fox River Valley a FREE Community Health Fair from 9 AM to 1 PM.

Click here to view the event flyer

Location: Cornerstone Community Baptist Church307 Banbury Rd, North Aurora, IL 60542

35 S. Randall Road
North Aurora, IL


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