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Giving a Gift to Your Career And Your Community: Donating Time & Resources to Locally Based PM Organizations

Are you aware that there are two non-profit organizations (50lc3) based right here in Denver, CO that further the project management profession?

Making a real difference in our local community -- and internationally -- are the Denver Metro Project Management Education Foundation (DMPMEF) and Project Managers Without Borders (PMWB).

If you’re looking for exciting opportunities to donate your time and PM skills, look no further. At the same time, your volunteer efforts benefit you and your career. 

Here are some examples:

1. You can build transferrable skills and select from a list of amazing projects. 

PMWB focuses on projects and partnerships with organizations such as:

2. You can help bring along the next generation of project management and business leaders.

The Foundation works in the inner city and suburban schools across the metro area to teach project management skills, based on the PMBOK®, and to conduct its Annual High School Projects of the Year competition. Winners are then eligible to compete for college scholarships from the Foundation. 

Some of these bright and worthy students are the first in their family to go to college. Imagine being a part of making that happen! Mentors are needed, of course.

If you would like to get to know the good work of the Foundation and the people who make it happen, consider volunteering three to four hours at PMI Mile Hi’s March 2017 chapter meeting

You will be welcomed to the team who helps the students set up their projects, personally meet these amazing and creative students, and tabulate results of the vote by the attendees.

3. You build a track record of working for a cause that furthers the project management profession.

Volunteering with either of these organizations shows your current managers and future employers that you are dedicated to our profession. Additionally, you will look good to recruiters!

4. You build your professional network.

Professionals who head the Foundation and PMWB are recognized and well connected leaders in the project management community, such as past presidents of PMI Mile Hi Chapter and some who have served PMI at the Global level. 

More than that, they are dedicated, appreciative team players with whom you’ll enjoy a fun and rewarding volunteer experience.

5. You can fill in gaps in employment.

If you are between project assignments, volunteering at the Foundation or PMWB effectively bridges the gap in time, showing you are consistently at work fulfilling your passion for excellence in project management.

Currently, PMWB has volunteer openings for an external communications manager, project support liaison, client relations manager, and client recruitment manager. The Foundation offers opportunities for mentors, marketing experts, fundraising professionals, and event managers.

6. You can get a year-end tax deduction.

Your year-end financial donations to the Foundation or PMWB are 100% tax deductible. Any contribution, large or small, is appreciated! To donate, visit the Denver Metro Project Management Education Foundation and Project Managers Without Borders.

 

About the Author

Patricia McLaughlin is owner of McLaughlin Marketing & Public Relations, www.MclaughlinMktg.com.

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