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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: People Making a Difference® (PMD) seeks to create a world in which people and businesses are socially aware and engaged in their communities such that they approach volunteerism by learning about problems and needs, becoming familiar with local charities that are working to address them, volunteering, and providing other needed resources to make a difference. Our vision is for everyone to be able to volunteer productively a few days a year so that together we make a real difference throughout the year while learning important things along the way.

Results: During the past 24 years, PMD has engaged more than 8,500 volunteers in nearly 1,200 service projects helping 137 community-based charities. In 2012, we moved our physical office and tools to a permanent location in Randolph, but we still serve Greater Boston.

Target demographics: motivated people volunteer to help the neediest, community-based charities in organized groups

Direct beneficiaries per year: 727 people volunteer for 56 PMD-organized service projects assisting 29 community-based charities and thousands of their clients in 19 communities in Greater Boston.

Geographic areas served: Greater Boston

Programs: organized one-time, hands-on volunteer projects for individuals, partnerships with businesses to promote effective community involvement, and training and assistance to nonprofit leaders seeking quality volunteer management.

Community Stories

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PMD provides a wonderful outlet for those who want to volunteer but can't commit to doing so on a regular schedule, and/or who have not selected (or do not want to narrow themselves to) a single specific cause. And it provides a wonderful resource for organizations which need a burst of reliable manpower for a specific task. It can also be a great way to learn about organizations operating in the area, and the causes they support. if you *are* shopping around for a longer-term volunteering gig.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with PMD for many years and the projects are always very organized. Once you get to the project site, the plan for the day is explained and everyone is given clear instructions so a lot gets done over the course of the day. One of the things I love about volunteering with PMD is that often I get to interact with the community I am serving and learn more about them. Being able to see how the project impacts people is a priceless experience that is often missing from other community service opportunities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PMD allows me to donate my time to a lot of different causes that I care about. They are organized and equipped so that my time is spent productively and I'm helping the people I came to help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a unique charity in that you can volunteer for different causes and projects and spread around your time and efforts. Volunteering at the National Braille Press was fantastic, We were able to prepare children's books with transparent, braille inscribed page coverings so that parents of blind children (or children of blind parents) could read along. We learned about the history of the press and how, sadly, they make do with so little. PMD makes the volunteer effort easy and seamless and they provide all materials.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with PMD for 15 years. I love that projects are only for 1 day so you get a sense of satisfaction in seeing your work completed. The projects are well organized with safety as a top concern. You get background info. on the organization you are helping so you can understand why you are there and who benefit from your service. There are evaluations at the end of each project to gather feedback for future projects.

Some projects all children (10+) to volunteer and I have brought my son to several projects with me. He gets to see the importance of volunteering and have a sense of accomplishment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization and fun projects. You feel very fulfilled to have volunteered. You also meet other volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For many years, People Making A Difference has provided motivated, energetic volunteers for our volunteer work days at Spy Pond Park. They willingly do whatever is needed including enhancing the view of visitors by trimming hedges bordering the pond, cutting back invasive plants that crowd out flowers and bushes in our planting beds and planting new ferns, bushes and plants. In addition to this important work, we always welcome their enthusiasm, camaraderie and work ethic along with the expertise and careful organization of their leader, Lori Tsuruda. Lally Stowell, Volunteer Coordinator, Friends of Spy Pond Park

1 Vicki X.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PMD's projects are always well-planned and well-executed. It fills a vital role in connecting volunteers with organizations who might not have the resources to run volunteer recruitment . Great for people looking to explore the city more while giving back to their community.

1 Bill120

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with PMD is always a positive experience. Well organized, we are always presented the bigger picture of what we are contributing to, and the difference we are actually making. The events range a wide variation of opportunities from helping to bind braille children's picture books to sorting seeds for community gardens to preparing and packaging food to delivered to people homebound by illness to constructing chemistry and DNA kits from Legos to be used in classrooms. Always interesting, fun and rewarding - I always check the calendar for future events.

I've received the President's Volunteer Service Award several years running - PMD was key in getting me volunteering as a life choice. And I'm thankful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for PMD I know that they have vetted the non profit I'll help so I can get in there and really make a contribution and not waste my time. Host agencies are prepared for the number of people coming, provide a substantial project to work on with plenty of tools and leaders that stay with you and tell you how what you'll do with them matters to their agency and who some of the people are that will benefit. It's about task and relationship. They also provide opportunities to get to know the other volunteers while the project runs which is great if you're new to the area or you want to expand your network. I like that the projects are one time events at different agencies so there's lots of variety in tasks, locations, times and dates. They also use evaluation sheets at the end of each project to get immediate feedback on the volunteer's experience. I can't ask for more!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Terrific organization - adds real value to both volunteers and to the organizations it help. Adds may hours of valuable work and does it on a shoestring. A "best-in-class" operation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PMD has done a number of projects which support STEM activities for youth. By far, my favorite is the assembly of special LEGO kits used as manipulatives to teach public school students about DNA and related concepts.