People Making a Difference (PMD)

Rating: 4.92 stars   60 reviews


P.O. Box 120189 Boston MA 02112 USA


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.


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


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.

2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

People making a difference is a grass roots organization providing volunteers and organizations with a positive experience.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

People Making a Difference seems like a simple kind of nonprofit--small good-works for many many community projects, but they are cumulative, and this nonprofit has earned its stars for many years, run by the incredibly smart, incredibly dedicated and professional Lori Tsuruda. The work PMD does really does make a great difference. And without that work, the agencies it helps would survive, but not anywhere near as well. This nonprofit deserves more than 5 starts. Bravo to PMD.

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