Michigan Occupational Therapy Association

Friends of OT in MI PAC

Friends of OT in Michigan PAC is a voluntary, nonprofit, nonpartisan Political Action Committee of members from the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association. It was reactivated on June 30th, 2014. Since then, the Friends of OT have raised more than $7,000 through donations.

Purpose of the Friends of OT in Michigan PAC:
To raise funds that supports the election of legislators at the state level who are supportive of the profession of occupational therapy.

  • Support the profession of OT in Michigan
  • Increase the awareness of and support for OT among legislators

Ways to Get Involved in the PAC:

  • Participate in the MiOTA Conference Silent Auction by donating items (in-kind donation) and bidding to raise funds.
  • Volunteer on the Advocacy committee
  • Provide financial donations throughout the year. Any MiOTA member can make a donation, including students!

Activities over the past year, 2020-2021:
In 2020 the Friends of OT in Michigan PAC was challenged because MiOTA could not have a face-to-face conference. Focusing on face-masks and related items, we were able to host a contest as well as virtual bidding on handcrafted donations from our members during the 2020 Virtual MiOTA Fall Conference. Our members stepped up with amazingly creative mask donations and lots of bidding, and this raised $480.00 for the PAC. our member's generosity allowed the PAC to work with the MiOTA Advocacy committee and our lobbyist to identify supportive legislators to support financially. $2000 in donations were made by the Friends of OT in Michigan PAC over the past year, including contributions to:

  • Senator Adam J Hollier
  • Senator Curt VanderWall
  • State Representative Angela Witwer
  • State Representative Bronnea Kahle

Contribute to the Silent Auction at MiOTA's 2022 Annual Fall Conference
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The Friends of Occupational Therapy in Michigan PAC (FOOTIM-PAC) will return to having a Silent Auction as part of the onsite portion of the MiOTA Fall Conference in Grand Rapids, October 6-8, 2022. This event supports the activity of the Advocacy committee in legislative and regulatory issues impacting occupational therapy throughout the state. You can help to make this exciting part of Conference a success by donating items to be auctioned.

You may bring the items to conference or mail them with delivery prior to September 29, 2022, to:            
Denise Justice, 32449 Washington St, Livonia, MI 48150.
Please include the FOOTIM-PAC In-Kind Silent Auction Donation Form.

Items will be displayed starting Thursday, October 6th in the afternoon with the final bidding to be completed during the Alumni Event on Friday, October 7th from 4:30-6 pm. Be sure to complete the In-Kind Donation form and bring it with your item to the conference.
Don‘t have anything to donate? You may bid on items at the event and pay by check or with a credit card. You can also provide a direct donation using the FOOTIM-PAC Donation Form while onsite. Send financial donations to the PAC to: 

Friends of OT in Michigan PAC
Attn: Claudette Stork Reid
P.O. Box 772
Pentwater MI 49449-0772

Please include a completed copy of the PAC Donation Form with your personal check. 

Need some ideas for a great item to donate? How about
  • Tickets to concerts, sporting, or other entertainment events
  • Gift certificates for stores, restaurants or for a spa session
  • Artwork or handcrafted items
  • Favorite therapy equipment items
  • Authors and educators can donate copies of books
  • And local specialties from your area of the state

You do not have to do this alone...you can join with co-workers or the students in your SOTA to put together a themed basket like Michigan Wine and Cheese, Painting Party, School Spirit and Foodie Finds.
Thank you for your support.  
Claudette Stork Reid, OTL
Friends of OT in Michigan PAC