VIRTUAL IMPACT GALA
“With schools closed for now it is not ‘business as usual’ around here, but we’re still ‘open for business,’ serving the families who depend on us each day to help their kids in the inner-city,” according to Chris Tress, President/CEO of Urban Youth Impact (UYI). “We’re not going anywhere; we don’t just work in the Tamarind Ave Corridor, many staff live here including myself. But with a half a million hit to our budget, plus schools closed due to the Coronavirus, we’re having to realign the way we fulfill our mission based on the needs of our children and their parents, often the ones who have a harder time doing what most people can do to care for themselves. And we’re doing so in alignment with the guidelines of our governing officials.”
UYI staff have contacted each parent to identify specific areas of need that the organization can uniquely meet.
UYI Founder Bill Hobbs says, “We have been here for over 23 years, we know these families personally. They may be at a disadvantage but they are not alone; we are in this with them, they trust us. But we definitely need help too from those who are able to give and make up the more than $500,000 hit we are taking from the postponed events.”