Magazine article PM Network

Community Outreach Group Completes Successful First Event

Magazine article PM Network

Community Outreach Group Completes Successful First Event

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PMI Silicon Valley Chapter

THE PMI SILICONVALLEY CHAPTER, located in California, USA, recently formed a Community Outreach Group, which has completed its first event. This group's vision is to enable chapter members to serve the community as an engaged group, provide project management expertise to local community organizations on an individual volunteer basis, and partner with schools and universities to enhance the awareness of the project management profession.

In addition to offering assistance to the community and boosting the profile of the profession, the chapter and its members, the work done by this group will also offer good opportunities for people who are in-between jobs, enabling them to be engaged in project management and gain additional experience for the next job interview. The projects undertaken will also help people already employed, giving them an opportunity to work on many different projects and in different roles than what is normally possible at their primary workplaces.

Hands-On Involvement in the Community

The Community Outreach Group conducted its first event in June at Second Harvest Food Bank, San Jose, California. This organization, the seventh largest food bank in the United States, provides food to an average of 176,000 individuals each month. Of those, 67 percent are families with children and 12 percent are senior citizens.

As the team arrived at the food bank early one Saturday morning, they were rewarded with coffee and donuts and new T-shirts emblazoned with the chapter's logo. Once the administrative formalities were completed and jobs were assigned, the chapter team of 15, along with five other volunteers, began the task of repackaging boxes of bananas from Central America. …

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