People Making a Difference (PMD)

Rating: 4.9 stars   50 reviews

Address:

P.O. Box 120189 Boston MA 02112 USA

Mission:

People Making a DifferenceĀ® (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 22 years, PMD has engaged more than 7,800 volunteers in 1,100+ service projects helping 133 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

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.

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Reviews for People Making a Difference (PMD)

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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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3 people found this review helpful

I had a great experience with PMD! Working in a kitchen is always chaotic and we were using brand new recipes, but Lori is a great leader and showed us exactly what to do. She was always cheerful even though it was an early start, and she organized us to get the meal out much quicker than we thought! The elders we fed were so grateful for the food and company. I would definitely do it again!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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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1 person found this review helpful

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 :)

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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2 people found this review helpful

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.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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3 people found this review helpful

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!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The hands-on projects that they have performed, and the detail-oriented planning that is performed before the event to ensure smooth success.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

 
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