Our Mission

To advance racial equity, justice and liberation by working for change in individuals, communities, organizations, and systems.

We are a human-centered network tackling root causes of racial and economic disparities.

At IMPACT, we offer a wide range of events and programs, ranging from potlucks and block parties to classes and workshops, where residents can meet, learn, and build community. From youth attending our sports programs to parents who are looking for ways to improve their family’s well-being, our programs are built to foster a strong, resilient community and build leaders with the tools to make lasting, systemic change in our community.

Our Values

We relate to each other from a place of love and trust.

We are human beings first and foremost.

We build mutually empowered relationships to create real change.

Our History

IMPACT Silver Spring was founded in 1999 during the revitalization of downtown Silver spring as it transitioned from a mostly white suburb into an extremely diverse urban area. IMPACT was founded by a group of activist residents led by Frankie Blackburn who wanted to ensure that racially, culturally, and socio-economically diverse interests and voices were included in the redevelopment process.

After years of deep community work, our mission has evolved to focus more explicitly on revealing and dismantling racial inequity and lack of economic opportunity -- root causes of community disintegration. During this time, IMPACT has explored different approaches to grassroots community-building including leadership trainings, place-based organizing, door-knocking, and network-building. We know that the complex social problems we're tackling require experimentation, innovation, and emergence (the ability to learn what works in practice, be agile, and change as needed).

Today, IMPACT's focus is on building a racially and economically equitable Montgomery County. We believe this requires transformation that starts with the individual and interpersonal, and cycles up to neighborhood and systems-level transformation.

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Contact Us

8807 Colesville Rd., Lower Level

Silver Spring, MD 20910


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IMPACT is grateful for the support of the following corporate, foundation and government partners:

Adventist Healthcare Grace Episcopal Church Montgomery County Government
American Beverage Foundation Greater Washington Community Foundation New Again Auto Repair LLC
Blue Kamen Benefits Honest Tea The Peterson Companies
Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Holy Cross Health Revere Bank
Capitol Office Solutions J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Sky Point Federal Credit Union
Christ Congregational Church MD / DE /DC Beverage Association Stratus Capital Management, LLC
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Meltzer Employee Fund Takoma Foundation
Consumer Health Foundation Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation United Therapeutics Corp.
Eagle Bank Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy Urban Alliance
Gannett Foundation Montgomery College Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ
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