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SEPTEMBER IS FOR GIVING CAN VOLUNTEERING CHANGE THE WORLD?
Sept. 5 is the International Day of Charity, but, here at Advanced Physical Therapy Terryville, we’ve had giving back on our minds all summer. If you made a trip to the Terryville Lions Country Fair last month, then you might already know what I’m talking about — and if you bought a lemonade poured by yours truly while you were there, then you’ve probably got a really good idea! Every year when August rolls around, our office sends a few staff members, including me, to the fair to help out at the Terryville High School booster club tent, pouring lemonade and handing out baked potatoes to raise funds for the school’s drama, athletics, and music departments. Our office has partnered with the School to Career Program for years, and it’s always a blast to help out at the fair alongside people from other community-minded businesses who care about our kids.
that work with the School to Career program. We attend monthly meetings, offer mentorship to students, conduct mock interviews, and give interested high schoolers the opportunity to shadow PTs in our office. In past years, we’ve had as many as 12 students matched with us for the program. Because I’m so passionate about natural rehab methods, I love talking about my profession and the science behind it with students, and it’s really rewarding when they end up interested in something I enjoy so much. In fact, as I’m writing this, one of those students is just wrapping up a few shadow hours for the program. We had a great time, and I have my fingers crossed they’ll go on to study PT. On top of our work with Terryville High, we try to give back to the community in another way by working with local sports leagues, including Little League and the local youth soccer program. We back the teams financially and provide the coaches with a bunch of free information about reducing sports injuries in kids and teenagers. Personally, I try to pitch in with community efforts outside of the office, too, and when the International Day of Charity rolls around, it always reminds me why it’s so important to help others. The United Nations originally adopted the day in 2015 with the hope of reminding people around the world
that “eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.” One of the ways my family and I do our part is by volunteering at a community farm in Simsbury, Connecticut, whenever we can. This spring, Melanie, the kids, and I helped with soil preparation and getting things ready for the growing season. During the summer and fall, the crops grown there will be donated to local food pantries to feed people who are food-insecure. Melanie and I feel it’s valuable to give our kids lessons of service now even though they’re still young. They haven’t faced any adversity yet in their short lives, so we think it’s important to show them not everyone is as fortunate as they are. We’ve tried to explain that while not everyone has food, we can all do something about it. If we can instill those values now, whether it’s through working at the farm, participating in food drives, or volunteering at church or with the Cub Scouts, hopefully, we’ll encourage a better world.
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