Erica Chesley

In the spring of 2006, I took a self-defense workshop with IMPACT Bay Area. As I expected, I learned physical and verbal boundary-setting skills that helped me feel more secure walking around the city alone, and better prepared to handle adverse interactions. More than that, however, I developed an appreciation for the sense of empowerment and strength that could come from just three days within a supportive, tight-knit group of women. I gained in that workshop a thirst for opportunities to be vulnerable and share something of myself with others - to seek out, build, and exist in these safe spaces - that carried through into the activities and experiences I chose to engage with throughout the following years. Now, I’m reaching out to you to help me share this experience with others, to work toward a world in which everyone can feel safe in their own space.

IMPACT Bay Area believes that personal safety is a right, not a privilege. Our mission is to reduce violence and promote healing by teaching effective boundary setting, personal safety, and physical self-defense skills to women, teens and members of the LGBTQ community. 100% of our students report that they feel significantly better able to deal with an attack after taking our classes. We do not turn anyone away regardless of their financial situation.

Please help me raise $2,000 to help provide scholarships to participants who otherwise could not afford to take an IMPACT class. Click the orange “DONATE" button in the upper right corner to contribute. I appreciate any amount you are able to give!


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$650 could sponsor a full scholarship for a full 24-hour Basics course

$300 could sponsor a full scholarship for a Teen course

$100 provides a partial scholarship for a student in a Teen, Young Adult or Basics Course

Every donation helps bring personal safety, self-defense and empowerment training to people who need it. IMPACT Bay Area is a 501(c)3 non-profit, so your contribution is fully tax-deductible.

You can also mail a check with "donation" in the memo line to:

PO Box 23831
Oakland, CA 94623

If you would prefer to become a regular supporter, consider giving a monthly donation instead.

Employer Matching

Bay Area Corporations and Companies Offering Employer Matching Gifts
If your employer offers employer matching, your donation can MAKE AN EVEN BIGGER IMPACT. Contact your human resources department for information on your employer's matching gift program. IMPACT Bay Area's EIN number is 94-3123451.

Our address is:
PO Box 23831
Oakland, CA 94623.
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