We are excited that you have decided to come and volunteer with us at World Impact! We love the city (Los Angeles, in particular), and want others to love it as well. The city is a place of rich diversity, culture, and beauty. Cities are often the hubs of politics, media, business, and culture. Yet cities also face unique challenges, caused by this great diversity, high population density, and economic disparities. The UN predicts that by 2050, 66 percent of the world’s population will be urban (up from 54% in 2014). In Northern America, 82% of the population lives in urban areas. If not solely for sheer numbers, cities will play a significant role in the Kingdom of God.
People come to Los Angeles from all over the world. In Los Angeles County, there are at least 224 identified languages spoken and 38.2% are foreign born. We believe that by reaching individuals in Los Angeles, we could effectively reach communities across the world! (Hence, the reason we are called World Impact, even though our ministries are primarily based in the United States.)
As missionaries, we have come to impact others, but we have also had our own lives be changed and transformed in amazing ways by our experiences in the city. We hope and pray that your time in the city will similarly impact your lives and expand your vision of who God is and how He is currently working.
Below you will find a visual for the general flow of volunteer involvement with World Impact-Los Angeles. There are three levels of volunteer training online. The depth of your training depends on what you and/or your group is interested in doing, how long you want to serve, how involved you will be, and the level of your longterm commitment. We would ask that you consider where you and/or your group are in your desire to serve with us based on the options you see, and then follow the steps toward that goal. There are a variety of volunteer training and orientation elements in this course, each with a description and an estimated amount of time to work through them. You will be required to complete all those elements listed in your level, plus all the ones below that. Please let us know how we may be of assistance as you consider serving with us!
If you are coming to just do a specific work service project one time, with no follow up, not working with people from the community, and only for a few hours, then that is consider a level zero. Nothing is required for this level of volunteer, but we would ask that you optionally read about World Impact's Vision and Purpose. We hope that even by the little time you spend investing in and learning from our community, you would be encouraged by what is happening and want to learn more and get more involved! That can be read below.
World Impact Vision and Purpose
World Impact is a Christian missions organization committed to facilitating church-planting movements by evangelizing, equipping and empowering the unchurched urban poor. World Impact’s purpose is to honor and glorify God and to delight in Him among the unchurched urban poor by knowing God and making Him known.