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.
PMD is in a class by itself and does excellent work supporting local charities and providing volunteers with meaningful and valued service opportunities.
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.
I have been an on and off volunteer for many years with this group. PMD provides needed help and volunteer management to organizations who, in many cases, would not be able to manage volunteers on their own despite needing the help.
Volunteering through PMD is helpful as it connects with organizations (and helps them learn about them throughout the experience) that would normally not be possible. PMD also actively demonstrates that it is dedicated to ensuring that volunteers have a productive, educational, and fun time while volunteering.
I have been involved with PMD in various forms since 1992. I started out as a volunteer while in college and participated ~5-10 projects every academic year in conjunction with my Circle K club. After graduating and remaining in the area, I remained affiliated with the organization because its service mission--to help other charities in need, responsibly--leaving an organization better than it was before the event. Sadly, this cannot be said of all organizations. PMD promotes responsible volunteerism and this is good for charitable organizations that lack the infrastructure to have their own in-house volunteer programs. Unfortunately for PMD, the term "responsible volunteerism" isn't sexy and isn't the first thing that comes to mind as a goal for volunteers. That is, until they've had some experiences under their belt and can compare the difference, People Making a Difference, really makes.
They do a great job supporting other quality non-profits.
The projects are always well-organized and useful to the organization receiving the help.
You won't wind up just standing around wondering what you're doing there.
They make it really easy to do some good ... just sign up and show up.
All information, equipment, etc is provided. The volunteer events are well-organized and fun.
Volunteering with PMD is a great way to help a lot of different kinds of charities without having to make a long term commitment. If you get on their mailing list, you will get mail about once a week with a list of projects you can sign up for - everything from helping with an enviromental awareness street fair to assembling braille books to preparing and serving a meals at women's shelter. You sign up for the projects that fit your interests and schedules.
An extremely well organised and positive experience to share with my teen girls. I will do it again at the first opportunity. We met wonderful people. The girls felt so happy afterwards, they got along better then ever. The benefits are far greater than you even expect.
My first experience volunteering with PMD was terrific: well planned and organized and the task of bracelet-making for the troops was fun and meaningful. I look forward to future volunteering with this group!
Wide variety of volunteer activities that teach you about the people you are helping and how the work you do will impact them.
I volunteered with PMD years ago when I lived in Boston. I still remember how fulfilled I felt after each volunteer opportunity. Also something that I remember, is how organized and focused Lori is. The consistency of this organization is admirable. The volunteer opportunity available is clearly described to potential volunteers, with the beginning time and an end time, and it one point Lori would bring chocolate chip cookies :) to some of the volunteer events. Although I’m not sure if she’s doing that anymore, this was many years ago. I also loved the group picture opportunity that happened at the end of each volunteer shift. I did so many different types of volunteer shifts, it was exciting, engaging, it really made me feel great while I was being of service. We need PMD chapters all over the United States. We need to replicate what Lori has done in Boston all over the United States.
People Making a Difference have been a consistent support to maintaining an important community natural area in Boston - the Iroquois Woods. Their help has been just immense for over 15 years!!
Incredible, flexible nonprofit that still knows when to crack down to get things done. I've never been to a service organization that does work so varied and so important, no matter how mainstream or niche the cause. I've gotten involved in a few quirky projects here that I would never have been able to do otherwise and felt I've done real good in the process. Wonderful group!
I love working on PMD projects b/c they are always only a 1 day commitment. All material about project timing, directions, parking, etc. are detailed and includes maps. The instructions for volunteering are always clear, you learn about the organization you are helping that day and you get choc. chip cookies at the end. Bonus!
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.
PMD continues to be the best Boston-area organization for all volunteers! Signup is quick and easy, just fill out an online form and you're all set. All opportunities are commitments of only a few hours, no need to dedicate a certain time each week. Projects are very well organized with a dedicated leader to distribute tasks, keep the group on schedule and collect feedback to improve in the future.
PMD organizes volunteer events for everyone! People with limited time to give, college kids, families, and people who want to get more involved or want to volunteer often. PMD is a perfect way to give back and feel great, but you also meet tons of other like-minded people who love giving back!
People who volunteer with People Making a Difference (PMD) are super motivated and reliable. They arrive ready to help where they're needed most, and come with tools and manager(s). PMD volunteers make an effort to get to know charities and the issues our clients face. PMD volunteers also contribute financially to help purchase materials when needed (and when they can afford to do so), which makes all the difference.
One of the most organized, productive and pro-active organizations around. The Do Truly Make a Difference.
A great way to participate in a one time event, meet people and make a difference
Volunteering with PMD really feels like a good use of both my time and that of the organization served. They bring human labor to where organizations need it, avoiding situations where I feel like organizations are left to scramble to accommodate larger well-meaning but not the most strategically present groups.
PMD, run by Lori, does INCREDIBLE work for the world and the people of Boston. Through this group I have done two amazing volunteering events, one at MIT building science kits, and the other at Community Servings prepping desserts for the clients they feed. Both events not only introduced me to an amazing new organization in Boston, but they taught me something interesting that I hadn't known previously, and allowed me to meet amazing new people. The volunteering opportunities are incredibly well organized, and lots of opportunities are provided to get involved. Definitely recommend volunteering with PMD -- just join the listserve and wait for an amazing opportunity to pop up!