What We Do

OUR VISION: American communities with real possibilities…where all citizens engage in action for positive change and take responsibility for safeguarding the health, well-being and worth of every individual.


OUR MISSION: Impact America activates recent college graduates to address consequences of poverty through health, economic, and education-based initiatives – creating lasting impact in local communities.

We believe

...in possibilities.

…in the potential of all communities to thrive.

…in opportunities to collaborate and work in partnership to address poverty and social and economic injustice.

…in investing in the next generation through meaningful community engagement with opportunities for personal growth and development of leadership potential.

…that community should be broadly defined and totally inclusive.

…that poverty is multi-faceted and requires multi-faceted interventions and solutions.

…that empathy and compassion result from and strengthen active citizenship.

…that spending an "Impact Year" or more leads AmeriCorps members to a lifetime of service and active citizenship.

Our Initiatives:


FocusFirst ensures that children in urban and rural communities receive comprehensive vision care during their crucial formative years.


SaveFirst provides America's hardest-working families with free tax preparation services and meaningful opportunities for savings.


SpeakFirst is engaging a generation for change serving Birmingham's middle and high school students with the opportunity to compete in academic debate and guide them on a path toward excellence in college and beyond.

At Impact, we don't believe in "entry-level." From Day 1, our Corps Members are on the ground representing us in the community and implementing every aspect of our programs. We look for talented, smart, engaged, committed, and hard-working recent college graduates who will commit to a year of AmeriCorps service to help plan and implement Impact 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.

Interested? Apply Now.

"The smartest – and in some ways, the scariest – decision I ever made was to take the leap to serve as an AmeriCorps member with Impact Alabama. After I graduated, I realized that no one is ever going to give me the answer sheet for how to be a successful, moral, thoughtful citizen. I came to understand that the onus is on me to seek experiences where I can learn about and gain the skills I need to support my community. Amidst the uncertainty, I knew in my gut that this would be a critical, formative experience to help me lead the kind of meaningful, valuable life I know I want – and I can say now, having completed my term of service, that my experience with Impact Alabama has not disappointed. My time with Impact Alabama has become central to the fabric of who I am and how I see the world, and I am forever grateful to this organization, the staff, and my fellow AmeriCorps members." – Linn Groft, 2011 – 2012


"It's very hard to say to your child, ‘I'm sorry I can't be there for you because I have to work; I have to pay the bills. I'll have to call you back when I have a break.' And you put them second. I hope one day, she will understand that I didn't run away, that I was there all along supporting her."

Antoinette Miller
SaveFirst Client

Impact America is an AmeriCorps Program.