The story of Alabama is a rich heritage of struggle and progress. Our state has confronted history's most pressing social and political conflicts and cultivated some of its most distinguished leaders. Emerging economic development and rich intellectual resources confirm the state's potential, yet great inequity remains. Alabama continues to be one of the poorest states in the country. However, building upon and deeply influenced by the legacies of Alabama's past, the story of Alabama can and will be one of hope and progress for each of its children.

Our mission is to engage students and recent college graduates to address community needs, empowering a generation through collaborative efforts to promote change in the communities we serve.

Impact Alabama was founded in 2004 as the state's first nonprofit dedicated to developing substantive service-learning and leadership development projects for college students and recent college graduates. Growing from a team of five in 2004 to more than fifty in 2014, we have quickly grown into the premier nonprofit destination for high-achieving students and graduates to make a difference in their communities.

After serving hundreds of thousands of families in all sixty-seven counties in Alabama, we've made the decision to expand Impact Alabama to other states and communities. Impact America was formed in 2014 with the mission to engage a generation for change.

View our Ten-Year Anniversary Report.

Want to be a part of the Impact Alabama story? Apply for our full-time Corps Program.

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Impact Alabama Initiatives:


% of preschoolers who receive adequate vision screenings.

FocusFirst Impact Stats

2014-15 RESULTS:

38,023 preschoolers screened

3,935 children found to have vision problems

1,257 individual screenings in all 67 counties

219 college student volunteers

TOTAL SINCE 2004 (as of Dec 2015):

302,779 preschoolers screened

32,277 children found to have vision problems

9,641 individual screenings in all 67 counties

3,133 college student volunteers


% of EITC recipients paying a commercial preparer in 2012.

SaveFirst Impact Stats


8,615 free tax returns prepared (15% more than 2014)

$15M in refunds claimed

$2.6M in commercial tax prep fees saved

660 college student volunteers


40,543 free tax returns prepared

$73.3M in refunds claimed

$12.2M in commercial tax prep fees saved

3,849 college student volunteers


% of students from the bottom quarter of U.S. families earning a college degree

SpeakFirst Impact Stats


$435,000 college scholarships earned by 4 graduating seniors

103 debate practices held

56% of rounds were won by our team members


47 student participants

$4.5M in college scholarships earned by 32 graduates

882 debate practices held


% of Alabama's high school students who passed an AP exam in 2013

CollegeFirst Impact Stats


182 high school student participants

61 college student mentors


993 high school student participants

389 college student mentors

51,797 total hours spent by students in the program

Want to get involved with Impact Alabama?

The Impact Corps Program is a yearlong service and leadership program designed to place talented, committed recent college graduates directly into communities we serve. Corps Members plan and execute all initiatives that operate in their state of service as well as recruit and manage the service of college students as they participate in those initiatives. You'll learn about poverty through lenses of education, health, and economics—all the while making a real difference in the lives of families living in poverty.

You can be a part of the story through a year of service with Impact Alabama.

Resources for non-profits and volunteers:

SaveFirst: Marketing Flyers for Non-profits
SaveFirst / Tax Prep Volunteer Training Materials
Attention current or prior-year volunteers! Apply to be a SaveFirst Campus Fellow in 2015-16
SaveFirst: Locations, Directions 

Child Care Center Resources:

Download FocusFirst Screening forms: English / Spanish

Participating Universities and Colleges:

The University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham-Southern College, Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, Alabama A&M University, Athens State University, UA Huntsville, University of South Alabama, Spring Hill College, Auburn University, University of North Alabama, Gadsden State Community College, Calhoun Community College, Alabama State University, Auburn University at Montgomery, Huntingdon College, Jones School of Law, Judson College, Troy University, Wallace Community College, Dothan, Tuskegee University, Jacksonville State University, University of West Alabama


Impact Alabama is housed and supported by the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama.

Maynard, Cooper & Gale has provided office space and support to Impact Alabama since its inception in 2004.

UAB provides office space for Impact Alabama's initiatives.

Vision Research provides all of the vision screening equipment and manages the analysis of vision screening results for all children screened by FocusFirst in Alabama.

Sight Savers America coordinates all follow-up care, provided free of charge, for children who fail FocusFirst vision screenings.

Architecture Works provides in-kind space for our daily SpeakFirst practices during the academic year.

A+ College Ready has developed a the curriculum that CollegeFirst utilizes with our students and also provides AP teachers during the summer Institute.

FocusFirst is committed to providing free, high-quality vision care to all state-sponsored Pre-K programs as part of our partnership with the Alabama School Readiness Alliance.


Impact America, an AmeriCorps Program, is housed and supported by the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama.  Additional office space is provided by UAB and Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC.