"Rent" an Occupational Therapist fundraiser Oct. 9-13

  • Friday, October 06, 2017
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The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) is seeking to raise funds for the St. Catherine Challenge. The St. Catherine Challenge is a national student-led initiative to support the profession of occupational therapy through raising funds for research in support of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation's mission.

Schools of occupational therapy across the nation take on the challenge, create their own fundraisers, engage their communities in the effort, and come together at the annual American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) conference to celebrate the cause. Donations are used exclusively to fund and promote research in occupational therapy and thus advance the science of everyday living. Given that UND's SOTA is a charter member of the St. Catherine Challenge, we are eager to engage in fundraising for this event.

As St. Catherine Challenge student coordinators for the UND Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA), working under the supervision of faculty advisor Cherie Graves, we feel as though it is of the utmost importance to create exciting fund-raising opportunities among our OT peers to encourage their involvement in the St. Catherine Challenge. We will be holding a silent auction to "rent" out our fellow Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) members to faculty, staff, or students within the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences who could use assistance with a task. Occupational therapy students interested in offering their time and skills will be loaned out to the winning bidders for up to four hours. Winning bidders will be allowed to “rent” students on behalf of other individuals whom they know that may be in need of assistance (e.g., a friend needing help moving or a parent requiring cleaning help). Following the auction, students will contact the highest bidders to establish details regarding the work involved, time, and place.

Services that students may provide include cleaning, shoveling snow, raking leaves, babysitting, supervising children at a birthday party, painting, moving, designing, organizing, and much more. However, there are restrictions to the nature of services that can be provided: no transportation of people, no power tools, no activities involving fire or explosives, and no activities involving heights or tasks that place one in danger. Any SOTA participant is able to deny particular activities requested of him or her if he or she does not feel comfortable completing the task requested. Please note that OT students must be “rented” in pairs.

The silent auction will take place October 9-13. Bids can be submitted to Alli Fox via email to alli.fox@und.edu. Bids must include your name, the task, and the amount of money you will donate for this service. We will take the highest bids and match each with the number of students who have volunteered for this event. For example, if 20 students volunteer, they would be in groups of two; therefore, we would accept and notify the 10 highest bidders. The four weeks following the auction is the time span that bidders would be available to use the students for four hours of service.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Alli Fox at alli.fox@und.edu or Sara Anderson at sara.a.anderson@und.edu.