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Project for Pride in Living, Inc. (PPL)

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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Employment, Homeless & Housing, Housing Development, Construction & Management, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Job Training

Mission: PPL builds the hope, assets and self-reliance of individuals and families with lower incomes by providing transformative affordable housing and employment readiness services.

Target demographics: Individuals and families with lower incomes throughout the Twin Cities region.

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 15,000 individuals

Geographic areas served: We serve individuals and families across the Twin Cities metropolitan area, with concentrations in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and several suburbs.

Programs: affordable housing with services and employment readiness programs

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11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mpls. Community & Technical College (MCTC) has partnered with PPL on several occasions and over many years. We recently introduced a successful Pharmacy Technician training program. PPL is a flexible, fair and transparent organization, very dedicated to serving their clients. They understand the needs and challenges of providing education and supply the wrap around services needed to ensure student success. The work we do together is important and very rewarding. Thank you, PPL, for your continued partnership!

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Project for Pride in Living 07/23/2012

PPL is very grateful for this solid partnership, and is excited to see how the Pharmacy Technician program continues to grow as a result. Thank you, MCTC, for this great review and your collaborative spirit!

1 Laura66

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a current AmeriCorps member at Project for Pride in Living. There are several things that I really love about PPL. One is that employees and volunteers truly identify with the mission and are passionate to serve people whether through energetic youth programming, reliable property management, or welcoming administration. Another is that staff create a friendly, open environment where new staff, AmeriCorps members, and volunteers feel welcome and appreciated. Finally, PPL critically looks at the needs of the communities they serve and look for ways to better meet those needs.

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Project for Pride in Living 07/02/2012

What thoughtful comments, Laura66! We really love the energy and dedication you bring to your work, and we're clearly the lucky ones to have you on our team. Thank you.

Sam_4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the priviledge of working at PPL as a AmeriCorps volunteer for two years at Partnership Academy. The organization shaped my beliefs about one's duty to help our community and the many ways we can give that help. PPL is built on enabling the people it works for to create opportunities for themselves. I saw first hand parents gaining meaningful skills and sustainable employment that enabled them to care for their children. I saw families able to find security in affordable housing. I saw children offered programing that helped them excel in school and in life. PPL is a great nonprofit for which I am proud to have served and proud to endorse. It is an organization that goes above and beyond in all its endeavors.

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Project for Pride in Living 06/27/2012

Wow, Sam_4! We were the privileged ones to have you aboard as an AmeriCorps team member! Thanks for keeping in touch and supporting our mission with your hard work and dedication. Amazing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer at a PPL authorized charter school. I have been so impressed at the way in which PPL acts as an advocate and supporter of young people in the community. They provide so many resources for students to improve academically and socially. As a volunteer, I have had so many opportunities for professional development with PPL, they want us to be the best we can be!

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Project for Pride in Living 06/26/2012

You've made a wonderful addition to the PPL Team, Vanessa.Nesbitt! We're lucky to have you aboard, and appreciate you taking time out to share your experiences. Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PPL is a fantastic place to volunteer. I started out working at PPL in a work study position, but have stuck with the organization because of the sheer joy I get from it. I enjoy PPL so much because I can directly see the results of my work, I am filled with a feeling of satisfaction.

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Project for Pride in Living 06/22/2012

PabloP, you are awesome! Thanks for sharing your PPL experiences. We owe so much of what we do to committed and energetic volunteers like you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became familiar with PPL in 2009 when I took a temporary position helping out in the marketing/design department. At the time we were developing materials for PPL's fundraising breakfast and achievement awards. I quickly came to love the PPL staff, leadership, and mission. Though my assignment ended, I didn't want my relationship with PPL to also come to a close, so I stayed on board as a volunteer. Living in South Minneapolis, I am able to see, live, and experience the great work PPL does for our community. I have had the privilege of getting to know participants whose lives honestly would not be where they are today without PPL programming. I know friends who benefit from their housing options and I love taking trips to PPL's furnish store. Their holistic approach to community development, increasing focus on digital inclusion, and ongoing commitment to families and individuals to lead self-sufficient lives keeps me strongly attached to the organization. PPL truly does great wonders and work with every asset they have from people to dollars. I am so thankful I was introduced to this wonderful organization.

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Project for Pride in Living 06/22/2012

Hey, toni.oberto, thank you for spreading the good word about PPL! We know engaged volunteers like YOU are making a huge difference in our community. Keep up the good work with us!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked and volunteered at PPL through their adult education program in St. Paul and had a lot of fun with the residents I worked with. The staff at PPL were always open to try new ideas and really listen to what residents want and offer it to them any way they can. I felt I could be myself while I was volunteering, everyone is accepting and welcomes you into the community. Last weekend I got to see one of the residents I had worked with for this past year accept her diploma with her 2 kids! It's been great to see the achievements that people can make with just a little bit of help!

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Project for Pride in Living 06/21/2012

Wow, costep9999! What a great review. Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us, and for writing a review here on GreatNonprofits.

Teal H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned with PPL for class, and enjoyed my time there so much! PPL is full of fun, creative,selfless, and passionate people who really care about the people for whom they work to serve. I myself became really attached to the groups I tutored, and am now a volunteer so that I can continue to be a part of this amazing team!

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Project for Pride in Living 06/21/2012

Teal: As a caring PPL volunteer, you bring our mission to life! Thank you for supporting us, for sharing your experiences here on this site, and for being a part of Team PPL!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PPL is an excellent organization to work and volunteer for. The staff is respectful and helpful, and the residents that you're given the chance to work with provide for a wonderful experience. Because of all PPL has to offer, there is a wide range of opportunities for volunteers as well as for those who are provided with the services. Working and volunteering here for 2 years has brought me educational and enjoyable experiences.

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Project for Pride in Living 06/21/2012

We're so glad you took a few minutes to share your experience as a PPL volunteer. Thanks, ralkatout01, for your support. Please stay in touch!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PPL helped me pay for school with the work study program. I worked with them with work study, as an intern and later with a part-time position. The work that they do is inspiring and it is great to see so many people helped thanks to the hard work and kind individuals at PPL.

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Project for Pride in Living 06/21/2012

Hello Sam! Thanks for this great review, and for the positive energy and professionalism you brought to our offices. Don't be a stranger!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with PPL for five years as a college administrator at Minneapolis Community and Technical College for five years. They are a dedicated and professional organization committed to preparing individuals for work, college, and fiancial independance. They freely share their expertise and creative ideas. Minneapolis is lucky to have PPL as a thriving non profit.

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Project for Pride in Living 06/20/2012

Neibuhr, thank you for this great review. We appreciate you taking the time to write it, as well as our partnership with MCTC!