Impact for Women
Who Are Impact for Women?
Impact for Women 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 for Women receives no government funding but does have DGR tax-deductibility status.
Impact’s communication vehicles cost nothing: word-of-mouth and social media.
From Small Beginnings
Starting as an ova of an idea in March 2006. Kathy Kaplan OAM and twenty of her friends sourced donations. In a friend’s lounge room they packed 100 hampers which were then delivered to a number of metropolitan Safe Houses. Safe house that support domestic violence victims.
Impact for Women’s growth has been purely organic. Just last April, in readiness for Mum’s Day 2018, more than 350 volunteers packed 1000 Bags of Love (as we now call them). These bags were for the women expected to be in metropolitan crisis refuges hiding from their abusive partners. This Xmas, they expect to be packing in excess of 1050 Bags of Love for women in hiding. Just in Metropolitan Melbourne alone.
Creating a Community
As well as its planned outcomes, Impact for Women 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 for Women started with and they are what Impact continues to provide: their initial objective was to provide the women in hiding with those things most of us take for granted. But impact’s work has grown.
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