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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

8 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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a PMD volunteer and board member for many years, I remain a huge fan of the manifold contributions PMD makes to serving those in need in the greater Boston community. PMD volunteer service projects fill genuine needs in a host of charitable areas with heart, efficiency, and valued results. Every single PMD service project makes a meaningful difference not only to those directly and indirectly served but also to the participating PMD volunteers, whose time and dedication is always respected and appreciated.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

PMD continues to organize wonderful projects in the Boston area. Because of the wide variety of projects, everyone can find one that interests them so they can give back and have fun while doing it! Projects are always very well organized so that volunteers maximize their time to give back while also learning about the charity they are working with that day. PMD provides great opportunities for volunteers to explore their city, connect with local charities, meet other like-minded Bostonians and most importantly give back to their community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I volunteered for my first PMD project in October 2014, cooking and serving brunch to about two dozen formerly homeless elderly adults at the Anna Bissonnette House. We prepared a delicious brunch including French toast and fruit salad. The project was extremely fast paced but very well organized with a great timeline of exactly when things need to happen. Since then, I have volunteered countless other times with PMD. One of my favorite things about PMD is the huge variety of projects, and the fact that they require such little time commitment. You just show up, everything is already scheduled and ready to go, and you give a few hours of your time to contribute something great to the community!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

PMD is a local, grass roots non-profit that works in and around greater Boston, MA. This organization is perfect for individuals or groups seeking to lend a helping hand on one-time volunteer projects. Service projects range from traditional volunteering at a shelter or park, to helping run the annual Blue Lobster Bowl (as part of the MIT Sea Grant program)!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Andy and I am a Board Member and frequent volunteer with People Making a Difference (PMD). I've been affiliated with PMD for the past two years and can whole-heartedly say that there is no other, grass-roots, local, volunteering/service organizations quite like PMD. PMD's primary mission is to connect people who want to help local charities that need volunteer assistance but lack the resources to do so effectively. I've personally witness the hard work and dedication of our Executive Director and volunteers time and time again- from assembling braille books for blind children at Boston's National Braille Press, to making no-sew fleece blankets on Summer Street for Boston's homeless. The work that PMD's volunteers selflessly perform is vital to the Greater Boston community. It’s clear to me that PMD's ultimate power lies in leveraging everyday people (like myself) to perform extraordinary differences in our community- hands down one of Boston Best local non-profits. Andy

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with PMD since 2008 - everything from cleaning a zoo to making fleece blankets. This is an organization that enables people who want to get involved with their community but do not have the time commitment for long-term projects. The projects are fun and all the people involved (the founder of PMD, event organizers, volunteers, etc.) are always passionate about each project, even though they are short 3-5 hour one-time events.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with PMD as a volunteer, project manager and board member for 15 years. I don't think I've ever stuck with anything for 15 years, but PMD makes it so easy! I can make a real difference even if I only have 8 hours once a month or once a year and I can do it in so many different ways. I love to do outdoor planting and trail work when the weather is warm, cooking around the holidays, and everything else in between (sorting seeds, delivering meals, visiting elders, etc.). If you are busy, but know you can give a morning, afternoon or full day, check out PMD's variety of amazing projects just waiting for a volunteer like you :)

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Board Member

Rating: 5

PMD makes sure that every volunteer not only has a great time doing something worthwhile, but also really learns about the organization or event they are helping. PMD projects are a wonderful way to get involved helping others and become aware of different organizations and opportunities in the community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I found out about PMD at a volunteer fair, only knowing that I wanted to give back, not knowing with which organization. At the event and after meeting many different companies, I met the President of PMD and was quickly sold on PMD's mission and the welcoming culture. My first project I participated in was a gardening/landscaping project at a facility that helps families that cannot afford to pay bills/utilities and buy food, and helps them get on their feet; the tangible product that came out of our work was gratifying. The project was well-organized and ran on schedule. I was happy to join the board the further support the organization!