“When I think of the kids, I see them as my kids, then I want the best for them.” - Roger Huang, Founder of City Impact”
In the 20th anniversary of City Academy (K-8 School), founder Roger Huang has still felt the burden to impact the youth and children of the Tenderloin (inner city of San Francisco). With 100 students at City Academy, our goal is to grow to 250 students to fill our school building. One of the most critical ways to reach the community is during the holidays.
The Pre-Christmas Outreach is a one day hands-on ministry experience featuring our Kids Christmas Party. City Impact has been throwing its holiday outreaches since its near inception, 33 years ago.
City Impact is an idea that one man or woman can make a difference, starting with our founder, Roger Huang. Roger grew up in an abusive home, immigrated from Taiwan to San Francisco where he left home at 17, and eventually worked his way up the hotel business. While on his way home from work, he witnessed a child being bullied on the streets of the Tenderloin (inner city of San Francisco). Roger immediately felt a burden on his heart and heard the voice of God speak to him saying, “What if that was your kid”? Roger responded, “I would intervene.” God replied, “They are all the same to me.” Roger went home and broke down before his family. The next day he decided to make 50 sandwiches and pass them out. Roger continued to do this every day and since then, 33 years ago, we now have City impact, mobilizing over 10,000 volunteers to intervene on behalf of others through 11 weekly ministries. City Impact will continue to be here for the long haul to intervene on behalf of the kids through our K-8 school, youth programs, sponsorship and mentor programs, and outreaches.
Join us for our Pre-Christmas Outreach as we host our Kids Christmas Party to make memories with Jesus and deliver toys to the kids and families in the Tenderloin and maybe even leave them with a hope they didn't have before. Our youth leaders know many of the youth by name, and we will see many knew faces during the holidays and we believe a simple interaction of passing out a toy can be the start of a relationship to change a life. A marker to look for within community are the indigenous leaders, people who were at one time recipients of our programs, but now leading in the community. A young girl Lina Ton grew up in the Tenderloin and received her first barbie doll for Christmas from City Impact over 15 years ago. She kept returning, and because of the impact, starting with her first Christmas party, she now works at City Impact in administration and helps lead the toy sign up to impact other kids in the community. Lina is a changed life, changing lives around the Tenderloin.
As a volunteer, you will come alongside City Academy teachers and City Impact leaders to engage the kids through a high energy party and assist with gift distribution on Saturday, December 9th. Our Pre-Christmas Outreach allows us to make short term connections that reap long term investments in the youth.
This one day event also includes: meal deliveries, buildings parties, beauty area, our mobile medical team, kitchen and meal prep.