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October is National Physical Therapy Month

Tuesday, September 8, 2020  
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National Physical Therapy Month




National Physical Therapy Month occurs each October. The American Physical Therapy Association uses the month to raise awareness of the value of physical therapy.

In 2021, we will celebrate 100 years as a member association – and launch our next century as the largest community for PTs, PTAs, and students.  This PT month we want you to engage, celebrate, and serve as we raise awareness about our profession.  PT month may look a little different this year, but in the season of change I am certain that Tennessee’s physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students will be able to find ways to celebrate and raise awareness in our communities.


How will you celebrate #PTmonth?


Natalie Wilson Abell, PT, DPT, MTC

Communications Chair




Join us by providing local service for a global effect on October 10th, 2020!






Virtual PTDOS Service Ideas

#1.  Support to local Nursing Homes

Call up your local nursing home or you can check out organizations such as Letters Against Isolation.  Sign up to write letters, create cards or send postcards to senior citizens living in elder care facilities who have had to self-isolate during the crisis. You can send as many letters as you'd like, making this an especially great opportunity for families.

#2.  Online fundraiser:  from a local charity to a national or global cause

Some great places to reach out to include homeless shelters; local health nonprofits; community organizations; social justice & civil rights organizations and more.  Check out Charity Navigator for a great resource on mindful giving with ratings on various charities around the country and world.  Or visit the American Civil Liberties Union website at to learn more about the most pressing civil liberty issues of our time.  

#3.  Virtual Mentor.  

You and your friends can sign-up to provide on-one-on virtual mentorship to aspiring students for both academic and career aspirations.  Visit Scholar Match for more information on how to get connected!

#4.  COVID-19 Relief Efforts.

Contact your local health care facilities to assess their needs for PPE, ventilators, and other medical supplies or go to Health4TheWorld for an organization working to do this globally.

#5.  Virtual 5K

Virtual 5k’s are a great fundraising idea because participants can participate from anywhere around the world. But they are also extremely low cost to host since there are no costs for street closures, event permits, security, and all the other costs associated with typical races and fun runs.



Socially Distant PTDOS Service Ideas

#1.  Park or Beach Clean Up

Contact your local Parks and Recreation Department to see which public spaces in your area are in most need and to schedule your event.

Verify what tools will be needed for park/beach clean-up, and request volunteers to bring their own to minimize equipment sharing.

Complete park/beach clean up while maintaining social distancing!

#2.  Donation Drive for your local food bank or homeless shelter

Contact your local food bank or homeless shelter and verify that they are accepting physical donations and what items they are in most need of.

Create a bin for people to drop off their donations. Minimize contact by having those who are donating place their items within the bin and utilize hand sanitizer afterwards.

Coronavirus may live on surfaces for up to 72 hours (Harvard Health). Allow time for any potential virus on the surface of the bin and donated items to inactivate prior to delivering the items to the charity.

#3.  Shoe Donation Drive through Rippl

Rippl collects donated shoes in partnership with Soles4Souls. These donated shoes are sent to micro-partners and distributed to wholesale merchants in developing countries. The shoes are refurbished and sold locally, stimulating the local economy.

Register your shoe drive with Rippl online, and they will assist with providing materials and the logistics of delivering the donations. 

#4.  Blood Donation Efforts

Join with the American Red Cross to begin a SleevesUp campaign. No blood mobile or space is needed. Simply create your campaign online, and send an invitation to your friends and family members from around the country to join you in donating blood and saving lives.

Need more help? → Contact the PTDOS Support team at


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