Our mission is to empower students to chase their passions through community service.
Passion Impact (PI) was founded March 18, 2014 by Stefan Peierls and Brad Burns who were inspired by the idea that individuals can impact their communities in simple and powerful ways, especially if they were passionate about what they were doing. The two adventurers–and avid volunteers for most of their lives–left their homes in Austin, Texas dedicated to do good in the world. Their initial plan was to travel across the United States, volunteering in the communities they passed through, documenting their experiences with the hopes that they would inspire others to volunteer too. But the pair’s beloved camper–Harvey, the RV–was not up for the adventure. After several arduous months, Stefan and Brad rolled into the Rose City and planted their feet, dedicated to start designing and implementing programs based on their travels, right where they were. After multiple years of prototype programs, three have grown into working models: The Volunteer Fair Program, The Internship Program, & The Community Engagement Advocate Program.
Imagine a world where students have found exactly what they want to do and are now positively impacting their communities through their passions. They are curious and innovative in ways that bring about empathy, understanding, and thoughtfulness. They spend their days engaged with their work and love the time they devote to it’s impact. We believe that by chasing their passions students will grow into well-rounded and engaged community leaders. Our programs focus on providing low-income and minority high school and college students the opportunities to grow their soft skills, project management skills, and leadership skills. By giving them practical experience that enables them to apply their education, students in our programs are given a jump start to finding, chasing their passions, and bringing about a brighter future for their communities.
Passion Impact does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students and members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.