impact is a completely volunteer charity committed to making a difference to Victorian women and children fleeing extreme violence at home.
Because impact has no paid staff or premises, with only incorporated fees and public liability insurance as its main costs, well more than 96 cents in every dollar donated is directed to fulfilling impact’s mission – a statistic of which impact is very proud. impact receives no government funding but does have DGR tax-deductibility status. impact’s communication vehicles cost nothing: word-of-mouth and social media.
Starting as an ova of an idea in March 2006, Kathy Kaplan OAM and twenty of her friends sourced donations and, in a friend’s lounge room, packed 100 hampers which were then delivered to a number of metropolitan refuges which support domestic violence victims.
impact has grown organically and, just a couple of weeks ago, in readiness for Mother’s Day 2016, more than 230 volunteers packed 750 packing Bags of Love, as we now call them, in the Glen Eira College Sports’ Hall, for the women expected to be in metropolitan crisis refuges hiding from their abusive partners this week.
Some of impact's achievements in the past 12 months can be found here.
As well as its planned outcomes, impact has successfully brought together men, women and children from a range of cultural and religious communities all of whom leave every agenda outside other than to do something good for someone they don’t know.
An image that will never leave the memory of those who were there is that of a hijabi wearing woman working shoulder to shoulder with a tzitzit, payes wearing religious Jewish boy – an image which depicts Australia as it should be.
Because social justice and volunteerism are core values of impact, impact further reinforce this by supplying every child who attends our packing days with a Certificate of Appreciation. But impact doesn't do this directly or via the child’s parent or supervising adult: rather impact writes to the child’s school principal to advise of the child’s involvement and asking them to present the certificate to the child at an assembly.