Volunteer

Every year, many talented, hard-working ASHT members help advance the hand therapy profession and patient care through volunteer service. We know you’re busy, but we encourage you to make time to get involved with ASHT. Participating in the society often returns unexpected dividends – improved leadership skills, connections with hand therapists all over the country and a better understanding of the issues facing hand therapists in an increasingly complex healthcare environment.

Available Leadership Positions

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Education Division Members

The Education Division implements and coordinates ASHT's education activities identified in the Strategic Plan by providing products, courses and materials for hand therapists and our patients. 

Projects currently organized and developed by the Education Division include: ASHT webinars, Hand Therapy Review Courses, Hands On Orthotics workshops, Education On Tour traveling course, patient education materials and the Test Prep for the CHT Exam, 3rd Edition. The Education Division also participates in program planning for the ASHT Annual Meeting, submits a pre-conference course to the Annual Meeting and collaborates in projects with allied organizations as needed. 

Criteria

  • Volunteers must be current Active or Associate ASHT members
  • Candidates must be available for one-hour monthly conference calls and be able to devote two to three hours per week to Education Division projects. Attendance at the ASHT Annual Meeting is strongly recommended as the Education Division typically plans the projects for the following year at that time. Preference is given to individuals with experience developing, organizing or presenting continuing education programs. 
  • Applicants agree to the two-year commitment required, beginning October 2017 and ending October 2019.

To apply, please send your CV and letter of interest to education@asht.org by June 18, 2017.


Technology & Communication Committee Blog Writers

Interested in being more involved with ASHT, but think you don’t have enough time? Considering volunteering as a blog writer!

ASHT members are writing blogs to share on ASSH's HandCare.org blog as part of our Advice from a Certified Hand Therapist series. Posts are typically 3-4 paragraphs and written in a Q&A format in lay language for patients to easily understand (example: FOOSH, Trigger Finger).

To volunteer, please sent a letter of interest and copy of your CV/resume to ASHT@asht.org.


Independent Finance Committee

If you or someone you know has the ability to understand financial operations of an organization, please consider applying to become a member of the ASHT Independent Finance Committee. Participants will gain unique insight into the operations of our professional membership organization.

The Independent Finance Committee develops and recommends to the Board of Directors those financial policies, plans and courses of action that provide for mission accomplishment and organizational financial well-being. Consistent with this responsibility, the Independent Finance Committee reviews the annual budget and submits the budget to the board for approval. Additionally, the Independent Finance Committee makes policy recommendations with regard to the level and terms of indebtedness, cash management, investment policy, risk management, financial monitoring and reports and other policies the committee determines are advisable for effective financial management.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Attend quarterly Independent Finance Committee conference calls (with three weeks' notice if a call is cancelled). Committee members are also invited to attend monthly Board of Directors conference calls to stay informed.
  • Attend required conference calls during review of the annual audit (March) and budget (November)
  • Review monthly financial report and make recommendations for necessary adjustments based on budgeted priorities
  • Review quarterly investment report and make recommendations to the Board of Directors
  • Review financial impact of proposals and contracts and make recommendations to the Board of Directors

Prospective candidates may include (but not limited to):

  • Accountant
  • Attorney
  • CEO, CFO, MBA
  • ASHT past president (excluding current immediate past president)
  • ASHT member who owns a practice or is involved in business
  • Healthcare professional with experience in finance

Note: Membership in ASHT is not a requirement to serve on the Independent Finance Committee.

Committee members will serve staggered two- or three-year terms. Committee members have the option to renew one additional term for the equal amount of years they currently serve.

To apply, please send a brief letter of interest and current version of your CV/resume to ASHT@asht.org.


State Representative (Advocacy)

ASHT is looking for a volunteer from each state to be our "eyes and ears" on the ground for local issues affecting hand therapy practice and reimbursement. If you are interested in serving as the local representative for your state, please contact the Practice Division at ASHT@asht.org.


International Committee

The International Committee responds to member questions, moderates the international e-Community discussion group and conveys salient information. The committee also liaises with International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT). ASHT is currently seeking volunteer leaders for two-year terms.

Participation in the International Committee is an excellent opportunity to network with other hand therapists from around the world on issues related to hand therapy practice. Therapists on the committee represent various regions of the United States and different types of practices, and can include therapists from around the world.

ASHT created the International Committee to support hand therapists interested in the worldwide community of hand therapy and wishing to work with international members and those who attend ASHT meetings and functions by:

  • Producing resources for Annual Meeting attendees
  • Organizing networking opportunities for international attendees
  • Helping facilitate international speakers at the meeting
  • Promoting participation of the international attendees (such as poster and research presentations)
  • Developing additional forums for international members to benefit from their ASHT membership
  • Participating in the international listserv
  • Developing website resources for U.S. therapists wishing to volunteer and teach in other countries
  • Exploring liaison roles with therapists from other countries
  • Developing new ideas to further develop the relationship of U.S. ASHT members with international members and their colleagues     

The IC seeks international ASHT members who meet the following criteria:

  • High level of interest in international affairs and the global hand therapy community
  • Experience with international therapy practices
  • Regular access to computer, email and Internet
  • Available to assist (1 to 2 hours a week)
  • Able to meet at the Annual Meeting at own expense for interaction/networking with the international attendees
  • Interest in working with other dynamic individuals as part of a team
  • Willing to invest a two-year commitment as an IC member

To apply, please send your resume/CV and a paragraph explaining why you are interested in volunteering and how your strengths/experiences would make you a good candidate to ASHT@asht.org.


Volunteers are the heart of any organization.
Thank you for helping ASHT make a difference.