SOTA is a service-based organization that works with many groups around Gainesville, Florida. Service events allow members to raise awareness regarding occupational therapy practices and participate in unique hands-on opportunities and personal interactions with a variety of populations within the community.

Upcoming Events:

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Past Events:


SOTA Food Drive

Thank you to everyone who donated items to support the Food and Fork Pantry to help collect food items! Your kindness is always so greatly appreciated!

COVID Student Corps & SOTA

SOTA is pairing with the COVID Student Service Corps (CSSC) to raise funds for GNV4ALL! GNV4ALL is a program designed to address and overcome inequities within the Gainesville community.

Below is a bingo card filled with items or specific dollar amounts that you can donate to help support local children & their families. Use this bingo card on your social media to get your friends and family involved! Once you’re done playing Bingo and have collected the money you can Venmo (@ufsota) the funds!

This is a fundraising competition within each UF health profession program. It’s a competition to see who can raise the most, so let’s get OT to the top! The competition ends October 31st! 

If you choose to donate items rather than money, contact us and we will find a safe and contactless way to get the items from you (you must be in Gainesville for this option!). 

You will receive max 1 service point for any amount or donation made.

Bingo Card link:

Hands to Love Hand Camp

hand camp

When: March 26-28, 2021

Where: Camp Keystone and Conference Center in Keystone Heights, Florida

Come out for a fun weekend spent with children with upper limb differences and their families! Lead activities, get to know members of the disability community, and experience the wonderful world of camp.

Ongoing Events for Fall 2020:

Balance 180

This semester Balance 180 is providing a virtual E-learning opportunity for kids! The shifts are from 8-11am or 11-2pm. If you are interested, please contact:

Be My Eyes!

This is a free app that allows you to assist individuals that are visually impaired! You simply set up an account and then wait for a call through the app!

Past Events:

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Great Strides Florida

Thanks to everyone who joined SOTA in raising awareness for cystic fibrosis!

Health Professional Appreciation Event

Thank you to everyone who joined us in creating thank you cards for the health professionals in our community!

Girls Place

Girls Place

Thank you to everyone who has come out to Girls Place. We hope you enjoyed your time tutoring and playing games with the girls!

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Thank you to everyone who has come out to TOPSoccer! We hope you enjoyed playing soccer with kids of all abilities and other volunteers.

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Project Downtown cooking

Project Downtown

Thank you to everyone who has come out to Project Downtown and to everyone who has helped cook food at the social before it! We hope you’ve enjoyed serving the Gainesville community and brightening people’s days!


Impact Autism Kids Day Out 

Thank you to everyone who has come out to Impact Autism! We hope you’ve had a fun time playing with all the kids. We love being involved in the community and putting smiles on these kids’ faces!


Night to Shine Prom

Thank you to everyone who participated in this amazing event. We hope you had an absolute blast! So many lives are changed on this night, and you were able to be a part of a very special experience for so many individuals.

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Hope Lodge Bingo and Ice Cream Social

Thank you to everyone who has come out to the bingo and ice cream nights this year! We hope you’ve enjoyed playing games and hanging out with the residents!

Noah's Endeavor Bowling

Noah’s Endeavor: Bowling

Thank you to everyone who came out to bowl with Noah’s Endeavor today! We had a blast hanging out with everyone and celebrating one awesome kiddo’s birthday!

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Project Downtown Mornings

Thank you to everyone who came out to help bag lunches to distribute to the homeless population in Gainesville! We hope you left feeling fulfilled and enjoyed serving our community.

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Best Buddies

Thank you to everyone who came out to Best Buddies! We hope you had a blast playing games and making new friends!

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Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

Thank you to everyone who came out to the wheelchair basketball tournament! We hope everyone had a blast and learned some skills in an inclusive sport!

Fall carnival

PK Yonge Fall Carnival

Thank you to everyone who came out to the fall carnival! We hope you enjoyed running booths and playing games with all the kids!

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Hands to Love Teen Camp

Thank you to the SOTA members who helped run Hands to Love’s Teen Camp! The theme for the week was “Keen for Green”, so on Friday they built a succulent garden using repurposed objects. On Saturday, they did activities to build leadership skills and discussed ways to have a more environmentally-conscious lifestyle! SOTA loves working with Hands to Love, and we hope our members had a fun and memorable weekend with all the campers!

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Kids 4 Kids Triathlon

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Kids 4 Kids Triathlon! We loved spreading inclusivity and cheering on runners, bikers, and swimmers as they raced!