- Innovative (i.e., people often ask PMD/me and Nancy for advice for bar/bat mitzvah and confirmation projects after they are unable to locateÂ useful information online)
- Achievable with $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 due to PMD’s and Nancy’sÂ experience and networks, and
- will certainly have a lasting and broad, positive Impact.
See project description below.
If you are an American Express card holder, pleaseÂ show your support byÂ awarding five stars toÂ #03770 Tried and True: Plans forÂ Teens to Save the WorldÂ andÂ participate in the message board as soon as possible beforeÂ June 17, 2007.
Like manyÂ online communityÂ contests, it’s all about spreading the word among people we know and getting them to vote, so any help you can provide would make a real difference, much the way awareness about PMD spread beyondÂ the board’s and myÂ friends after the first year. You already know that PMD has integrity and is all about doing a great job helping others–Now that we’ve had 3,503 people volunteer for 628 PMD projects helping 107 charities, and they’ve told us how we can do better each time, we’re sharing our knowledge base to helpÂ others do a great job, too.
A projectÂ of this scope would enable PMD to help many young people make a real difference to local charities, goingÂ far beyond offering lists of possible project ideas or standards of excellence for volunteers, volunteer group leaders, and charities (that I’ve helped co-develop) to providing practical plansÂ usefulÂ forÂ all stakeholders so that teens’ volunteer projects successfully
Produce appreciable results andÂ generate tools and materials while conserving recipient charities’ limited resources,
Educate volunteers about broader issues, and
Bring people together to make a difference.
Last year, Nancy and her daughter, Liesl, learned about homelessness and poverty, selected a local women’s day shelter to support, collected what they said they needed and made innovative centerpieces, as well as volunteered together with PMD at that charity to see how their contributions would be used.
Project Idea #03770
Tried and True: Plans for Teens to Save the World
Unedited project description below. Rules limit online descriptions to
1,000 words and do not let us name People Making a Difference (PMD).
Although many teens have the time, interest and inclination to engage in meaningful community service, it is very challenging for them to do so. Most volunteer programs aren’t geared to teens’ abilities or availability. Despite the many obstacles, some teens, teachers, youth group advisors, etc. have succesfully found ways to engage teens in making their communities a better place. We propose building a web site where teens and those who love them can share their sucessful blue prints for volunteer projects that really work. The project tasks, timeline, cost, and other crucial information would be available to those around the world to replicate in their own communities.
To obtain and to share a wide variety of community projects of all sizes
and scopes, we will conduct a massive outreach effort to synagogues, churches, other faith-based groups, youth group leaders, teachers, etc. So that we can obtain useful, detailed, and completeÂ information, we will offer a donation the 501-c-3 charity served by the project, in honor of the teen or adult organizer, as an incentive for sharing unique community projects.
Â© 2007 Nancy R. Goldberg & People Making a Difference throughÂ Community Service, Inc.