With a new year in full swing and Valentine’s Day approaching, what better time to spread the love and think about getting your PT practice involved with great community organization near you? PTs are natural do-gooders (we see it all the time through our work with PT Pub Night), and there are no shortage of benefits to getting your PT team involved in volunteerism this year. Volunteering builds empathy, strengthens social bonds, and can actually help your team bond together.
Volunteering for movement-related organizations is a no-brainer for physical therapists. Share the value of your profession while doing something great for your community! There are so many amazing groups doing things to keep communities healthy and happy–too many for us to name. As a starting place, here are 8 great orgs doing awesome things in the name of health through movement:

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Meeting twice a week in small teams, we teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. Girls meet and train for a 5k, which serves as a capstone to the program.
Girls on the Run has a presence in all 50 states through a network of over 200 councils. Find your local council here!

Right To Play

Right To Play uses specially-designed sport and play programs to improve health, build life skills, and foster peace for children and communities affected by war, poverty, disease. Working in both the humanitarian and development contexts, Right To Play has projects in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Get involved with Right to Play by visiting their website to learn about upcoming events and fundraising opportunities.

Generations United

The mission of Generations United is to improve the lives of children youth and older people through intergenerational collaboration, public policies, and programs for the enduring benefit of all.

Visit GU.org to learn about membership opportunities, get involvd in programs like Seniors4Kids, and download free resources about intergenerational living.

Up2Us Sports

Up2Us is all about harnessing the power of sport–and they are dedicated to transforming the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable youth by hiring and training coaches who can inspire their success on and off the field.

Up2Us has ample membership options as well as coaching programs and sponsorship opportunities. Visit up2us.org to learn more!

America SCORES

America SCORES works on inspiring urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. As a national nonprofit, they serve 10,000 students at more than 175 public and charter schools in 13 major cities.
America SCORES achieves their mission through daily after school and summer programming that combines soccer, poetry, and service-learning. Our holistic, team-based approach works.

If you live in one of 13 urban areas served by America SCORES, you can donate your time and abilities in a number of ways.

Team RWB

Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Best known for their group runs, Team Red White and Blue does so much more than exercise together–they volunteer together, host community events, and provide outreach to families of veterans.

Visit teamrwb.org to learn more!

Disabled Sports USA

Disabled Sports USA’s mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs.
There are so many ways to give to Disabled Sports–you can donate air miles or cash, volunteer time, or fundraise. Learn more at disabledsportsusa.org.

Women’s Sports Foundation

Founded in 1974 by tennis legend, Billie Jean King, Women’s Sports Foundation is dedicated to creating leaders by ensuring all girls access to sports.

Explore support options for the WSF at womenssportsfoundation.org/support-us/.

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