For Individual Volunteers, NOT Groups

Support Troops & First Responders:
Learn to make paracord "survival lanyards" that can be used to save a life in an emergency AND show gratitude

Example of a paracord lanyard


  • Thursday 6/15/2023, 6:30-8pm
  • Sign up by 6/10/2023
    ~2 volunteers are still needed.


Quick, Hands-On Outdoor Volunteer Opportunity:
Learn/make paracord "survival lanyards" that can be used to save a life in an emergency.
Lanyards are a tangible and lasting expression of your gratitude and a symbol of the appreciation of grateful Americans everywhere to our military personnel and first responders.


Outdoors in Boston, MA
Registrants will get to rank their location preference(s), and we will pick the most popular one

Note: PMD only shares specific directions, maps, and other details with registered volunteers since we cannot accommodate any walk-ins, i.e., unregistered volunteers simply showing up.


These lanyards cleverly contain 5 yards meters of parachute cord that can hold up to 550 pounds and be used to secure camouflage nets to trees, build a makeshift shelter, extend a security strap or rope or use to haul heavy objects, create a harness to extract an injured person from a bad location, and make a sling or splint. Inside the paracord are 7-9 individual nylon strands that can be used as sewing "thread" to repair gear, emergency sutures to close a wound, fishing line, and trip line to secure an area.

Accompanied by a "thank you" note, these lanyards are a tangible and lasting expression of gratitude and a symbol of the appreciation.

Volunteers are asked to contribute $12 each (optional) to help offset the cost of the paracord and shipping expense. If needed, you can request a waiver for financial hardship when you register.

Volunteer labor and donations for paracord and postage make this project possible.
Regardless of whether one volunteers on 6/15, anyone can help underwrite the cost of paracord and postage by donating using any method listed at - Please remember to designate your gift for "Lanyards"



To participate, register yourself by 6/10 at

PMD canNOT accept any UNregistered, walk-in volunteers.

Participation is required for the entire, 90-minute project.

If this popular project reaches maximum capacity, then interested volunteers can join the backup list, since we anticipate (and promote) cancellations in case of illness and covid-19 exposures.

For volunteers ages 13-17, a parent/guardian must also co-sign a printout of PMD's waiver/release, and for volunteers younger than age 16, a parent/guardian must also register individually and participate fully with the minor.

Call PMD if you cannot register online using qualtrics.
CALL THE PMD OFFICE at (*82) 1-781-963-0373 so that we can help you AND troubleshoot the problem so that other potential volunteers will not face the same problem. Thanks!

After you register successfully, you will see a confirmation screen and receive a confirmation email message, so be sure to save the date and times on your calendars AND add [email protected] to your address/white/allow list.
Then a few days before this project PMD will email specific details in a PDF, including directions to the project site by public transit and by car, what to wear/expect, checklist, map, and release form for minors that a parent/guardian must co-sign and provide at at check-in on 6/15 -- Volunteers age 18+ provide their consent when registering online, to minimize paper/printing/contact.



This project requires being in excellent health (and living with others who are also), repetitive hand motions to assemble the lanyards, excellent fine motor skills, sitting at a table, great attention to detail, ability to follow directions (with coaching and help) and like all PMD projects, participation for an entire project (90-minutes).

This is a fragrance-free event, meaning that participants must not wear perfume or cologne, or scented skin, hair, facial, or clothing/laundry products.

Excellent ability to follow directions and manual dexterity are needed to assemble these lanyards.

We recommend volunteers be age 13 or older, but will accept mature, younger volunteers accompanied by individually registered and fully participating adults.
Parents/guardians registering youth under age 13 should enter the youth's age as 13 when registering online, but enter the youth's true age as a Comment at the end.

For 30+ years, public charity People Making a Difference (PMD) has promoted informed and responsible volunteerism by involving people in tangible work that meets local needs and by assisting companies in building successful community involvement programs that:
  • Produce appreciable results while conserving recipients' limited resources.
  • Educate volunteers about broader issues.
  • Bring people together to make a difference.



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