Volunteering is a big part of the culture at PatientsLikeMe. Inspired by PatientsLikeMe members, who have made our online community a place to find support and answers about health, we do our best to give something back to our local community, too. This year, many of our staff members pitched in and gave their time to organizations all over the greater Boston area. Here’s what we’ve been up to this year…
- 50 PLMers (that’s what we like to call ourselves) volunteered during PatientsLikeMe’s service month in November
- Those individuals volunteered a total of 260 hours
- …and supported 18 different organizations in the greater Boston area
Check out some of the places we volunteered our time this year, and see these PLMers in action…
PatientsLikeMe staff members volunteer at Rosie’s Rosie’s Place
Rosie’s Place is a women’s shelter in Boston that was created to service poor and homeless women. They not only provide shelter, but also support 12,000 women a year with a wide range of services including housing and education.
Tori, Katie, Kim and Rebecca volunteer at Community Servings
Community Servings is a not-for-profit food and nutrition program whose mission is to provide services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. They provide home-delivered meals and nutrition services that are medically-tailored to the individuals receiving them, based on their condition. Right now, they deliver to 20 cities and towns across Massachusetts, and are beginning a pilot program in Rhode Island.
Jeremy, George, Jenni and Amber volunteer at Healthcare for the Homeless
Boston Healthcare for the Homeless program supports more than 12,000 homeless men, women and children, and provides access to comprehensive healthcare, from preventive dental care to cancer treatment.
Extending our mission from online to offline
Maria Lowe, Co-chair of the PatientsLikeMe Social and Volunteer Committee, helped organize and coordinate these volunteer efforts in 2017. “I think it’s so important to take time to think about how others around us might not have some of the things we take for granted,” she said. “To me, it just makes sense to give back in whatever ways that I can.” In fostering a culture of volunteerism at PatientsLikeMe, Maria says it fits with our core message. “We’re all about putting patients first and we have our “give something, get something” philosophy, so I think giving back to our local community however we can is just a natural extension of that.”
Here’s to another year of building stronger communities, together.
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