Looking back over these last few months, we’re grateful for those who have given back using their project management skill set for social good – now more than ever. Whether it be through virtual volunteering, supporting a local youth-serving nonprofit, or giving a gift to the PMI Educational Foundation, we’re moved by the efforts of volunteers around the world. Below are a few ways the PMI/PMIEF community is making a difference by volunteering, virtually, and setting an example for our new reality.
News from Latin America Regions
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Latin America PMIEF liaisons and Latin America Community Engagement Committee members have used this time to build a network in which they collaborate to learn how to continue their social good outreach efforts to youth through virtual platforms. This One Team effort is being led by Edith Dulce Maria Morales Garcia, PMIEF/PMI Bajio Mexico Chapter liaison, along with Cecilia Boggi and Santiago Cartagena, PMIEF CEC members. Through a weekly coffee chat session using Zoom, each liaison can learn about synchronous teaching, learning, and what it really means to teach digitally versus face-to-face. The liaisons also explore digital platforms and teaching tools that they can customize to engage their audience.
To learn more, please contact Santiago Cartagena at email@example.com with follow-up questions.
News from North America Regions
PMI Delaware Valley Chapter
In early March, the PMI Delaware Valley Chapter assisted Richard Roberts, III, Founder and President of Young Men and Women in Charge Foundation (YMWIC), in Exton, Pennsylvania, USA move the nonprofit's popular annual science expo from an in-person event to a virtual event – in 8 days.
The fair was hosted using the WebEx video conferencing platform, and supported by about 50 volunteers, including 13 PMI Delaware Valley Chapter (PMI-DVC) members assisting with event preparation and execution. The full scope of the social good effort included approximately 110 elementary school, middle school and high school student scholars who joined 1 of 10 WebEx ‘classrooms’ to present their projects to two or three judges. Each classroom was moderated by a facilitator, and each room hosted, sequentially, four to six projects for a total of 65 projects. Overall, it was a great success!
“Mr. Robert’s leadership helped make this idea into a reality,” said Marie Hegarty.
Collaboration and communication by the scholars, their parents, and volunteer professionals from engineering, health care, scientific, manufacturing, and construction companies supported the science expo. While all may have been physically distanced, they were not socially distanced.
We thank the dedicated volunteers of this effort, including the 13 PMI –DVC volunteers who helped make this possible! For more information on this effort, please reach out to Marie Hegarty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
News from India Regions
PMI Kerala Chapter
Program PMIK - Kavach was launched with around 75 volunteers from PMI, Pallium India, Red Cross Society, Signature of Nishagandhi (with whom PMI Kerala Chapter associated with during flood relief operations in August 2018). To help in this time of need, separate volunteer teams were set up for call center, assess and channelize call requests from call center to the administrative team, coordinate and undertake site visits including medicine purchase and / or laboratory tests / clinical support. PMI Kerala Chapter’s technology partner supported by developing a Kanban board for tracking the requests and assigning the volunteers.
Thanks to the wholehearted efforts of the volunteers, by end April 2020, around 250 patients were supported with medical supplies and laboratory tests during this time.
For more information on this social good effort, please reach out to Leena Gupte at email@example.com.
Have you or someone you know use your PM skill set for social good during this time? Share or nominate a colleague through PMImpact for an opportunity to be featured on PMI.org!