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 98 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 Safe Houses which support domestic violence victims.
impact has grown organically and, just last April, in readiness for Mum's Day 2018, more than 350 volunteers packed 1000 Bags of Love, as we now call them, in Glen Eira College, for the women expected to be in metropolitan crisis refuges hiding from their abusive partners. This Xmas, we expect to be packing in excess of 1050 Bags of Love for women in hiding just in Metropolitan Melbourne alone.
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 a few years ago is that of a hijabi wearing woman working shoulder to shoulder with a tzitzit [fringes], payes [side curls] wearing religious Jewish boy – an image which depicts Australia as it should be.
Because social justice and volunteerism are impact's core values, 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.
Bags of Love are what impact started with and they are what impact continues to provide: our initial objective was to provide the women in hiding with those things most of us take for granted. But impact's work has grown - click here to see what else we do.
2000 Bags of Love
- estimated value of $500,000
150 House Bags
- estimated value of $52,500
>1500 Gifts for children and teenagers
- estimated value of $50,000
- involving more than 630 individuals
$46,500 in grants to Safe Houses
collaborated with a range of organisations
including the City of Glen Eira, City of Glen Eira, KOGO,
VicPol Southern Region, Tzedek, WorkSkills Victoria,
Women in Technology, Glen Eira College, Sholem
Aleichem College, Moorabbin Court, Safe Houses and
other clubs, charities and organisations
established a designated and staffed* childcare room at
* impact funds the staffing which is managed by Emerge
secured a grant to develop and facilitate the launch of
impactFUL, a free wellness program for women who
are or who have been in an abusive relationship.
Learn more here
funded emergency safety procedures
including lock replacements
enjoyed two movie nights
spoke at many clubs and organisations
participated in a number of forums
forward planned for an exciting 2019 to celebrate
impact's 13th birthday!