Q Why do you do what you do?
A ImpactOne exists to act in loving ways towards all humans, regardless of race, creed, location, belief, social status or disease. We desire to care for those in need, whether hungry, thirsty, exiled, needing clothes, sick or imprisoned. We also recognize that we have so many resources at our disposal, and there are people all around the world who have needs which we can address.
We see the Church in the US as having a huge potential for addressing the needs of the less fortunate. We hope to see people moved to respond to the needs of people around the world.
Q What does ImpactOne Alliance seek to accomplish?
A ImpactOne is all about changing our world one life at a time, one family at a time, one community at a time. We will serve those who are thirsty and in need of clean water, hungry and in need of nourishing food, homeless and in need of shelter, sick and in need of medical treatment, orphaned and in need of family/community, impoverished and in need of basic life supplies, lonely and in need of friendship, spiritually wandering and in need of guidance, seemingly hopeless and in need of hope.
Q How do you want to accomplish this?
A We take a holistic approach—serving people physically, intellectually, spiritually and emotionally—without creating or perpetuating a welfare mentality. We will partner together with a wide variety of effective, Christian faith-based organizations who possess expertise that will help us carry out our mission. We will work hard to educate, motivate and rally individuals here in the US who desire to radically transform the lives of people in need, thereby impacting the world one life at a time.
Q Who does ImpactOne Alliance serve?
A ImpactOne serves those in need as well as churches and other organizations. We hope to provide a method of becoming involved so that more and more people can help make a growing impact in the lives of those in need by offering well-researched, viable, life-changing service and ministry opportunities to those who need it.
Q How can I be involved in ImpactOne Alliance and what is happening?
A You can currently be involved in several ways.
- Stay informed by subscribing to the ImpactOne e-news list.
- Pray for the ministry of ImpactOne and the partnerships being formed.
- Invest financially in the ministry of ImpactOne.
In the future we also hope to have more “hands-on” opportunities to serve. If you are interested in volunteering with our home office, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Q Are gifts given to ImpactOne Alliance tax-deductible?
A Yes, ImpactOne is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All gifts made to ImpactOne Alliance will be receipted and are completely tax-deductible.
Q When circumstances look so desperate, how can you possibly make a difference?
A We start by looking for places where our involvement and investments will have an exponential return. Our God is a God of hope, and transformation is not just a remote possibility but a likely outcome if we invest strategically with the right partners. We can’t change a continent overnight, but we can change the future by changing the present. And we can resource and train individuals to help themselves in the future.
Q Why are you focusing on Africa, and how will you address the needs there?
A The continent of Africa is the location of many beautiful and rich cultures. Unfortunately, many of the people in Africa have been devastated by civil unrest, famine and health concerns unparalleled in other regions. Below are some of the health-related realities faced by those living in Africa:
- Africa saw 2.1 million HIV/AIDS related deaths in 2006; that's over 5750 per day
- There were 2.8 million new infections in Africa alone last year, which means that over...
- 24.7 million Africans are living with HIV/AIDS
- Africa has over 15.2 million AIDS orphans
- Malaria, a preventable and treatable disease, has a tight grip on the tropical region of Africa.
- In 2004 there were over 200 million cases of malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Globally malaria kills more than twice as many children under the age of five as AIDS does
- A child dies every 30 seconds due to malaria — 80% of these children lived in Africa
- Clean water is something North Americans take for granted; however, it is not always so readily available for those living in Africa.
- Less than 60% of people in 19 African countries have access to good clean water
- Waterborne diseases are often diarrheic in nature, the third leading cause of death among children under age 5
We will address these by enlisting the help of experts in the field who hold the same values as ImpactOne. We will look for partners who recognize that all that we do is motivated by the love that God has shown for us, uphold the dignity of all individuals, address people holistically (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being), act with cultural sensitivity, maintain financial accountability, practice community-based approaches, and seek self-sustenance.
Some of the specific ways we hope to do this include the following:
- Support organizations training people in prevention of HIV transmission
- Provide resources for groups caring for people living with HIV/AIDS
- Empower caregivers of orphans, whether in community-based care programs or orphanages
- Distribute insecticide treated bed nets to families with children under age five and pregnant mothers
- Encourage and resource education on early recognition and treatment of malaria
- Sponsor life-saving medicine for those with malaria
- Dig wells, each providing 600 gallons of clean water per day for an area
- Ensure that wells and boreholes are functioning properly, providing for repairs where needed
Q Why are you focusing on Chicagoland and the US, especially when the needs in Africa seem so great?
A ImpactOne Alliance believes that we need to be involved, and involving others, in what is happening in our own backyard as well addressing the needs of those overseas. We recognize that there are great needs in each country of the world, including our own. Following the Biblical model of moving from our hometown into the surrounding area and eventually to the ends of the earth, provides us with a map for the expansion of our ministry.
Q Who is on the Board of Directors and who are officers?
A ImpactOne’s Directors are Roger Schweigert, Mike Barrett and Blaine Royer. Serving as officers are Roger Schweigert, President; Mike Barrett, Secretary and Mike O’Roark, treasurer.
Q How can I contact ImpactOne?
A ImpactOne can be contacted by email: info[at]impactone.org or by phone 224.848.8000.
If you would like to write to or make a donation by mail, you can send correspondence to us at;
872 South Milwaukee Ave. #299
Libertyville, IL 60048