Each April, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and Rebuilding Together will partner to provide volunteer services to repair and rebuild homes and to educate the public on ways that occupational therapy practitioners address individuals' needs for independent living. Rebuilding Together is a national organization that preserves and revitalizes houses and communities through more than 250 local affiliates. More than 73,000 homes have been repaired and rehabilitated by volunteers. AOTA and Rebuilding Together work toward mutual goals of raising visibility, actively participating in communities, and promoting home safety and independence.
Rebuilding Together's National Rebuilding Day, the last Saturday in April, is when volunteers will repair and rebuild on behalf of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly and disabled. Additionally, occupational therapy practitioners and students across the country volunteer on National Rebuilding Day to do home repairs and to consult on home safety and modification related to the effects of aging and disability.
For OT Month, AOTA will, as in past years, have an array of products for sale that can be used to celebrate and promote the occupational therapy profession.
AOTA Goals for partnering with Rebuilding Together:
Benefits of involvement in National Rebuilding Day:
For Students of Occupational Therapy