how to find physical therapy volunteer opportunities near you for pt day of service

How To Find Physical Therapy Volunteer Opportunities Near You For PT Day Of Service

What if? What if we galvanized the profession to come together as a united force and utilized our gifts and skills to transform society through service? Since 2014, that simple question has been answered by over 12,000 participants from 50 States and 55 countries as we have collaborated to give back to our communities during PT Day of Service (PTDOS). If you’re wondering how you can find physical therapy volunteer opportunities near you, don’t worry! There’s so many ways you can get involved.

Here’s how to participate in PT Day of Service:

Get your classmates, coworkers, family, and friends involved today by pledging to join us. Let’s show the world the power that lies within the physical therapy community, as we unite to turn compassion into action across the globe.

When we come together to use our hearts and hands, individuals, families, and communities are transformed. The engine of this dynamic initiative is found in its participants from every corner of the globe. With each passing year, there is nothing more apparent than the rippling effect of love. Below are just a few service projects from last year that ooze with creativity and passion:

  • In Birmingham, Alabama, Drayer Physical Therapy Institute and UAB DPT students sponsored a benefit concert entitled “Bands and Brew” to help with Hurricane Relief.
  • In Kurdistan, Iraq, physiotherapists visited a Syrian Refugee camp in which they held an exercise workshop for children and held a seminar for women to understand how to use movement and exercises to self-manage low back pain.
  • In Phoenix, AZ, DPT and PA students from Northern Arizona University and A.T. Still University collaborated with the SHOW clinic to provide free blood glucose screening, foot exams, and sock/shoe donations to homeless individuals.
  • In Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, physiotherapists participated in the T-20 Hurricane Relief Cricket Game at the Queen’s Park Oval and also raised supplies for communities in the region affected by the recent hurricanes.
  • In Tijuana, Mexico, a crew of PTs, PTAs and students partnered with Flying Samaritans to provide pro bono services. They also spent part of their day working with public health services to educate children and adults on the importance of daily physical activity.

These examples are just a snapshot of the impact of PT Day of Service. As you can see, not every volunteer opportunity meant providing physical therapy services — but every event involved PTs working for the benefit of their communities. This is what the PT Day of Service is all about!

Our communities continue to grow in breadth and depth each year. If you need help planning your service project, we have an entire support team ready to help you brainstorm. Can we count on you to make this a record-breaking year?

To learn more about PTDOS, visit the PTDOS website or follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

You can talk to a team member anytime by sending us a message at

What are you planning for PTDOS? Let us know in the comments!

About Keaton Ray

Keaton Ray
Keaton lives and works in Portland, OR as an orthopedic physical therapist and fitness specialist. Keaton is passionate about empowering patients to live their best lives through healthy movement. With an itch for entrepreneurship and a hunger to make the state of PT better for both patients and providers, she co-founded a nationwide physical therapy company, MovementX, which delivers personalized care to patients where they need it most; in their gym, homes, workplaces, at the park, anywhere. She graduated from Duke University in 2014 and has since received her certification as a McKenzie therapist, her Board Certification in Orthopedics (OCS), and her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). She is actively involved in state and federal governance of the profession, serving for the past 5 years as a Delegate to the American Physical Therapy Association as well as serving as Co-Chair of the global initiative, PT Day of Service. In her free time, she loves hanging out with her corgi in the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest!

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