IMPACTDC is a coalition of youth leading our peers and serving our community by making impact in the lives of the hungry, hurting and homeless. We are a youth led and governed membership-based group of high school and college-aged students who convene monthly to provide service opportunities their peers can partake in to make impact in the community.

Membership is open to any student currently in high school or college. The age range for membership is 14 and 22. We are a ministry of Central Union Mission. Members of IMPACTDC serve on an advisory council and works in coordination with the senior leadership and board of directors of Central Union Mission. High school students get credit toward their volunteer hours requirements for graduation.


We provide high school and college aged youth with opportunities to serve, build character, and develop leadership skills while making impact in the lives of people suffering from issues related to homelessness and poverty in our community. We support the efforts of Central Union Mission by supporting the work done in their Emergency Shelter, Comprehensive Family Ministry Center, Camp Bennet, Administrative Office and transitional home, Lambert House.


IMPACTDC members are virtual and in-person! Highschool and college aged students can participate in projects in person and virtually. You can get you school, church or civic organization involved as we strive to make impact where we live.


IMPACTDC members learn and develop valuable leadership and organization skills by performing acts of service in their communities by serving meals, making beds at the shelter, cleaning up campgrounds, and distributing groceries to unhoused neighbors and people living in poverty. They also learn by serving as youth advisory council to the senior leadership of Central Union Mission, rallying their peers and community, planning projects, running meetings and making impact through leadership and service.


Members of IMPACTDC are developed as leaders in multiple ways. They are developed as they lead their peers in community service and projects and community activation. They are developed as leaders through their interaction with serve on an advisory council to the senior leadership and board of directors of Central Union Mission.

We receive support from and interact with the senior leadership, board of directors and the staff of Central Union Mission. We provide insight, feedback and our perspective to the board of directors and senior leadership of the Mission.

Members have the opportunity to take on various leadership roles within the IMPACTDC Council. The IMPACTDC Council, is the governing body that oversees and directs our projects, initiatives and relationship with Central Union Mission. The Council has elected officers that include president, one or more vice presidents, secretary, treasurer and editors. The Council also establishes project focused Committees that also offer leadership opportunities.

MISSION STATEMENTIMPACTDC exists to create a platform for high school or college-aged student to develop leadership skills as they collaborate with peers to make a positive impact in the lives of the hungry, hurting, and homeless in the nation’s capital.