Project Management Institute

COVID-19 Response

The world needs you now more than ever.

Support your local community to aid individuals and communities impacted by COVID-19

We’re rallying project leaders to help their community during this difficult time.

We’re calling on our global community of passionate project leaders to use their skills to aid communities impacted by COVID-19. There are so many ways to give back—like serving as an administrative non-clinical volunteer at a virus testing site; volunteering from home by making cards and writing letters to a local senior living community; donating to a food pantry; or even grocery shopping for a neighbor who may be higher-risk for severe illness.

We invite you to share how you’re supporting your community in this unprecedented time. We’ll be showcasing the passion of project professionals and how even the small things can make a huge difference. After all, every project has a purpose.

Prior to volunteering, consider reading over these COVID-19 Volunteer Safety Tips to ensure that you are safeguarding your health and the health of your community.

Do you know someone who is passionately working to help those affected by COVID-19 in their community? Or an organization or chapter that is pivoting to do what is necessary to help during this difficult time? If so, please nominate them by clicking the “Share Your Impact Story” button and submit a form on their behalf to highlight and honor the amazing work they are doing!

Don't forget to share how you are having an impact on your social media with the hashtag #PMImpact!



PMI Dallas Chapter Mask Donation

The PMI Dallas Chapter has worked with Collin County Schools to donate over 600 fabric masks, 20,000 surgical masks and 4 surgical caps to organizations in their local community since February.

PMI Dallas Chapter Volunteers at Mask Donation Event 1

PMImpact: The Social Good Impact of Professionals in Project Management

Looking to get started?

As project managers, we get stuff done and in times of crisis we roll up our sleeves to do whatever we need to help. Even if you only have a few minutes to help, consider some of these ideas of how you can make a difference during this challenging time.

Connect with PMIEF. Looking to help youth and don’t know where to begin? Download the PMI Educational Foundation’s free resources to help you get started. As PMI’s philanthropic arm, PMIEF offers over 30 free resources in multiple languages to help those looking to use their project management skill set for social good. Some of the top titles include PM Skills for Life, The Tower Game and Managing Life’s Projects.

Donate blood. Blood banks around the world are experiencing an alarming shortage. The need for blood is constant and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those who need it. Contact the Red Cross or your local blood bank to schedule a safe blood donation appointment.

Develop a remote program strategy. Offer to help create a plan for a local NGO or community-based organization to transition their core program offerings online by developing a focused strategy, timeline for implementation, and methods and metrics for measuring success.

Many NGOs, especially small, local ones, lack the skills or resources to make this shift on their own and are asking for assistance that will allow them to continue delivering their much-needed social services amid the crisis.

Consider how you might show your appreciation to some of the people who keep our communities functioning. Call your local police department and ask if they'd be willing to accept a delivery of a few pizzas as a small token of your appreciation (this helps out your local pizzeria, too!) or put a box of goods next to your front door with a message thanking delivery people and encouraging them to help themselves.

Volunteer virtually. These are tough times for all healthcare professionals. Gather friends online, collect thank you messages, make a digital collage, and share it on social media and with PMI.

Total estimated number of people worldwide assisted through the PMImpact COVID-19 Response

PMImpact Pledge Meter 75k People Impacted

We've reached 99,130 people as of 14 May 2021. Total updated on a weekly basis.

For further questions please contact [email protected].

Need some inspiration? Watch these TED Talks.

Shalini Unnikrishnan

Volunteer Initiative Shalini Unni

We need to turn our response to crisis inside out

During the peak of the Ebola crisis, the recovery process in Africa was not going according to plan. Failure after sobering failure forced health consultant Shalini Unnikrishnan to recognize that they had approached the crisis from the wrong direction. In this impassioned talk, she urges the response to the next pandemic to be centered on the people it impacts rather than the virus that spreads the disease. She advocates for a new approach that will infuse scientific procedures with the emotion, tradition and belief that are inextricably intertwined when crises are both global and local at once. 

Elizabeth Gilbert

Volunteer Initiative LIz Gilbert

It's OK to feel overwhelmed. Here's what to do next

If you're feeling anxious or fearful during the coronavirus pandemic, you're not alone. Offering hope and understanding, author Elizabeth Gilbert reflects on how to stay present, accept grief when it comes and trust in the strength of the human spirit. "Resilience is our shared genetic inheritance," she says. (This virtual conversation is part of the TED Connects series, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and head of curation Helen Walters. Recorded April 2, 2020)