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The University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence will host the 4th Annual Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS) taking place on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 15, 2018.  The event is organized by Project Management for Change, in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation and five local Project Management Institute (PMI) chapters.  This will be third time the University of Maryland will be the primary sponsor for the Washington Metro Area PMDoS by donating meeting space and transportation for the event.

PMDoS is a one-day community service event in which project managers provide pro bono project management services to nonprofit organizations requiring assistance in assessing and planning projects for their organizations to succeed.  The event brings together project managers and nonprofits to help them do more to serve our local communities.  at previous events, approximately  100 nonprofit organizations were assisted by a volunteer team of 300 project managers.

Event Impact:

In 2017, the event drew more than 180 project management volunteers who donated their time and specialized expertise to nearly 40 non-profit organizations working to improve the quality of life in and around the nation’s capital. In one day, last year’s event delivered approximately:

Benefits for Nonprofit Organizations:

In each consultation session, project management subject matter experts work collaboratively in a small team setting with representatives of the participating nonprofits to review prepared “problem statements,” identify potential roadblocks, develop clearly defined scope statements and create actionable, customized project plans that serve as blueprints for business sustainability. Our project managers enable optimal results for nonprofits through increased focus on specific achievable outcomes, establishing strategic plans to reduce cost and risk, and providing coaching on how to streamline execution of the most pressing initiatives.

“2017 was our third year participating in the event, and each year we’ve had fabulous results,” said Mana McNeill, executive director and co-founder of Career Catchers

Project Management Volunteers Are Needed:

The only way for the event to be a success is for project managers to volunteer their time to assist nonprofit organizations.  Project Management volunteers will have the opportunity to make a difference and give back to the community using their project management skills.  Volunteers will also be able to expand their network, gain/enhance their skills, earn PMI Professional Development Units (PDUs), and change the world one project at a time.  No need to worry you aren’t ready to assist because every volunteer will receives training prior to the PMDoS event.  What are you waiting for, sign up to be a volunteer today.

Visit the PMDoS website for more information.

About PM for Change:

Project Management for Change is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to unleash the boundless potential of the Project Management Profession to empower and transform communities around the world. The Washington Metropolitan Area PMDoS is its signature event, and they facilitate the delivery of similar events around the world, as well as year-round Project Management services for Nonprofit Organizations.

 

Posted by Kathy Frankle on December 7, 2017