Occupational Therapy Global Day of Service

An initiative of Dr Karen Jacobs, Boston University, USA, the OT Global Day of Service (OTGDS) has taken place for the past several years, encouraging occupational therapy practitioners and students to promote the work of our profession by volunteering in community projects.

Here is information about the success of OTGDS 2019 - be inspired to participate next year, visit http://promotingot.org/

Otgds Map 2019

Hundreds of volunteers – occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and students, and others, in approximately 28 countries around the world, participated in OTGDS 2019.

Thank you to all who organised many projects and activities to promote occupational therapy:

“I completed my World Occupational Therapy Day project on October 31st. I purchased supplies for 30 trick or treat bags to be made by elderly residents of St. John Neumann Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare. The bags were then donated to a classroom in James R. Lowell Elementary School, which is located in a poor neighborhood of Philadelphia where it is unsafe to participate in Halloween festivities. The purpose of my activity was to prevent occupational deprivation in volunteer participation. Elderly residents of nursing homes often do not receive opportunities to volunteer and give back to others. I think they would feel more purposeful and fulfilled if they continued to contribute to society outside of their place of residence. The group of residents that participated were thrilled to help children that live in unsafe communities through my activity.”- Tessa Glennon, OT Student, Philadelphia, PA, USA