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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: 10/14/2017
Where: Statewide
United States
Contact: IPTA

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The Illinois Physical Therapy Association is proud to be a 2017 Silver Sponsor & Ambassador for Global PT Day of Service (October 14, 2017).  

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!

This year's theme for PTDOS is TRANSCEND. We want to transcend our profession and society by inviting community members and leaders, friends and family, and other disciplines to serve alongside us.  Imagine the positive change that can be created when we come together for a common purpose. 

The IPTA is encouraging PT clinics/ hospitals/ schools throughout the state to promote the collection of goods (October 9-20th) to donate to a local pantry of your choosing. 


How you can participate: 

  • As a clinic/hospital/school:
    • email and let us know if your location will be a collection site for goods and what local pantry the goods will benefit. We will help promote your collection site through social media, newsletters, and on our website. (Clinics will be responsible for collection as well as delivery to the pantry). 
    • Organizations/Universities can pledge to be a sponsor of PTDOS.

  • As an individual:
    • drop off your donation to any of the collection sites listed below. 
    • Individuals can sign up as participants of PT Day of Service
    • Sign up as a PTDOS grassroots ambassadors

For more information on PT Day of Service, visit ptdayofservice.comThe origin story of the initiative is here PTDOS Story!

Collection sites:

Collection Site: Benefiting: Dates:
Illinois Physical Therapy Association 
Chapter Office

905 N. Main Street
Naperville, IL 60563  
 Loaves and Fishes
 (Food depository of DuPage County)
Collecting canned and paper goods to be donated. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off Mondays between 8am and 4pm, and Tuesday – Friday between 8am and 7pm through Tuesday, October 31st. 

Click here to see a list of their most needed items. 
IPTA Northern District
Rosalind Franklin University
3333 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL
Contact: Brad Tracy, PT Northern District Chair
 Loaves and Fishes
 (Food depository of DuPage County)

The Northern District is encouraging guests of their October 2nd District Meeting to bring canned and paper goods to be donated to Loaves and Fishes, food depository of DuPage County. The Northern District Meeting will be held at Rosalind Franklin University. Click here to RSVP and learn more.

IPTA West Central District
HSHS St. John's TherapyCare Outpatient physical therapy clinics 
Contact: Gail Johnson, PT West Central District Chair
Central Illinois Foodbank

The West Central District is participating by hosting a Food/Fund Drive to benefit the Central Illinois Foodbank

From October 13 -20th, HSHS St. John's TherapyCare Outpatient physical therapy clinics in Springfield will be collecting food/ non-food/ and cash donations.

Click here for a list of Central Illinois Foodbank's wish list of items. 


IPTA Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) Leadership
Contact: Samantha Caravette, SPT, IPTA SSIG President
Montrose Beach Dunes
4400 N Simonds Ave
Chicago, IL

The SSIG Leadership Board is participating by cleaning up the Montrose Beach Dunes in Chicago. The SSIG leadership will help remove weedy species and clean up litter on October 14th from 9am -12pm

IPTA Eastern District
Contact: Philip Kushner, PT Eastern District Chair

Greater Chicago Food Depository. Now until October 14th, you can conveniently “shop online” through the website and choose from the various canned goods, produce, proteins and grains you wish to donate!
IPTA Western District
Professional Therapy Services (PTS) Inc
Central Illinois Region

Contact: Jean Kestner, PT Western District Chair

Professional Therapy Services (PTS), Inc, Central Illinois Region will be participating in the PT Global Day of Service by collecting donations and putting together "Weekend Snack Packs" for area grade school students of low-income families... because no child should spend the weekend hungry!  The schools discretely send "Snack Packs" home with kids from low-income families to ensure they have food for the weekend.


Check out below what our Illinois PT and PTA programs have planned for PTDOS!

Illinois PT / PTA Program: Benefiting: Service Event & Info

Midwestern University
555 31st St, Downers Grove, IL 60515

Contact: Taylor Caffrey, SPT

Feed My Starving Children
555 Exchange Ct, Aurora, IL 60504
The DPT program at Midwestern University has arranged for a PT Day of Service event for October 13th, 2017 at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora. The DPT students will help package meals for children in need.

Fox College
18020 Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60477

Contact: Jana Marogil, PT, MHPE
Director of Clinical Education

National Parkinson's Foundation' Moving Day

The PTA students at Fox College are helping out at the National Parkinson's Foundation's Moving Day in Chicago (Lincoln Park) on October 15th. Students will be helping at the registration table, as spotters during the movement pavilion demos, and helping during the 2 mile walk.

In addition, on October 13th Fox college has a “jeans day” planned. Students pay to wear jeans at both Fox campuses to raise money to fund Fox College’s Walking Team for the National Parkinson’s Foundation’s Moving Day.

Bradley University
1501 W Bradley Ave, Peoria, IL 61625

Contact: Caitlin Pribble, SPT

Fuller Center for Housing
1716 N University St, Peoria, IL 60504

The DPT students at Bradley University are partnering with Peoria’s Fuller Center to travel to a veteran’s home. The students will be doing some hard-nose yard-work and talking about old war stories. The student are also raising money for the Fuller Center through the sale of T-shirts.

Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) 
2500 Carlyle Ave,  Belleville, IL 62221
Contact: Kim Snyder, PTA, MEd, Program Coordinator

St. Louis Children's Hospital

Wish List

The PTA program at SWIC is hosting a Toy/stuffed animal drive for children at STL Children’s Hospital

The goals is to collect items from Children’s Hospital’s wish list prior to 10/14/17 and then deliver them on the PT Day of Service.

University of Illinois - Chicago (UIC)
1919 W Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60612

Contact: Sara Sabadosa, SPT at

On October 12th at Milestone Physical Therapy in Highland, Indiana, UIC's DPT Class of 2019 has organized a Respite Night at Milestone Physical Therapy in Highland, Indiana. Parents can drop off their kids for about 2 hours to play games, sing, dance, and do crafts with the DPT students. This event is Halloween themed and all of the volunteers will be dressed up in their favorite (non-scary) costumes. Join us for “exercise and treat”, when kids will be able to “Trick or treat” around the clinic visiting various rooms to perform exercises in order to receive a healthy treat.  To learn more, please contact Alex Zappavigna,

On October 13th from 7:30-10:00 pm, UIC's DPT Class of 2018 will be at Oak View Community Center in Oak Lawn, IL where students will be packing boxes for the troops overseas. Volunteers will be sorting donations, writing letters, and packing up care packages that will be sealed, labeled, and shipped off to soldiers. For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
3333 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL

Contact: Katie Budz, SPT at
A Safe Place
2710 17th Street, Zion, IL 60099

The DPT students at Rosalind Franklin University have organized a morning of service, October 14th from 8:00am- 12:00pm, assisting A Safe Place in Zion, IL. A Safe Place offers housing, food, and other services for families that are victims of domestic violence. The students will be helping families move furniture, pulling weeds, building furniture, and lending a helping hand however they can.

Morton College
3801 S Central Ave, Cicero, IL 60804

Contact: Fran Wedge PT DSc GCS CEEAA
PTA Program Director at

Center for Independence
100 Plainfield Rd, Countryside, IL 60525

The PTA students at Morton College will be collecting supplies for donation to the Center for Independence. The Center for Independence, located in Countryside, provides services to children with disabilities to help them maximize their functional independence.

Elgin Community College
1700 Spartan Dr, Elgin, IL 60123

Contact: Micaela Banks, PT, MBA,
PTA Program Director at

PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) of Elgin
1730 Berkley St, Elgin, IL 60123

Elgin Community College Food Pantry
1700 Spartan Dr, Elgin, IL 60123

Anderson Animal Shelter
1000 S La Fox St, South Elgin, IL 60177

Fetching Tails Foundation
PO BOX 463 Itasca, IL 60143

The first year PTA students at Elgin Community College are raising donations for 3 different organizations:

  • PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) of Elgin, which provides shelter for homeless individuals,
  • Elgin Community College Food Pantry, which provides food to ECC students in need,
  • and Anderson Animal Shelter, which is a local animal shelter in South Elgin which is always in need of supplies for dogs and cats.

The second year PTA students are working on a “Supply Drive for Fetching Tails Foundation”. Fetching Tails Foundations is an Illinois based non-breed specific rescue. Due to the recent hurricanes in the south, animal rescue efforts are much needed.

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