May of 2010 five friends started getting together once a month to pitch in and give back by serving those in need. The desire to do so was born out of Travis Singhaus's personal battle with homelessness. It was only after a few months of doing so that he began using social media to involve other people and before he knew it there were dozens of people in his house assembling hundreds of lunches. With now over a thousand people a month volunteering in ten cities across the country and nine different programs helping those in need Impact Locally has grown considerably and continues to grow more every year.
One of the most common questions we get asked is how we do it, and the answer is simple we have used and continue to use out of the box methods and implement effective business models from successful companies in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.
Most nonprofits rely heavily on grants or large costly fundraisers. While these things have their place Travis Singhaus realized having a volunteer staff, and asking volunteers to have skin in the game that we could not only put everything that was donated back into our programs but that Impact could also staff and expand creating new programs to help serve those in need.
Impact constantly looks for new ways to improve the way they serve, educate people on the realities of homeless, provide those living in need with access to resources and create ways that other organizations can come together and collaborate to find solutions to ending chronic homelessness within our life time.
While never originally planning to run a nonprofit Impact has grown organically and the simple idea that anyone can make an impact has spreading like wild fire. We hope that we're able to inspire local businesses and the community to get involved and together we can help those in need.
We want people to realize that one small action can ripple out and have a huge effect. That it doesn't take billionaires or the government, just people who are crazy enough to want to change the world. We hope you'll join us and that we'll see you soon at one of our volunteer events.