urban impact foundation

A reason to celebrate

After two and a half decades, so much has changed, as you’ll see in the timeline below. And yet, we have never strayed from the mission of impacting lives by following Christ’s model of holistic ministry. Join us as we celebrate the past and continue to serve the community and develop responsible followers of Christ.     

  • Ed and Tammy

    Ed and Tammy

    Pastor Ed and Tammy Glover moved to the North Side of Pittsburgh on a street where four out of five homes were boarded up.

  • Athletics


    Outreach basketball with pizza was launched and became the foundation for Urban Impact’s robust Athletics programming.

  • Vision


    Pastor Ed walked out of his home, and his car was stolen for the third time. While he was questioning if he could really make a difference in the community, God gave him the vision of impacting one person, one family, one block at a time.

  • Founded


    Pastor Ed founded Urban Impact to help address the profound challenges facing the urban setting of the North Side.

  • Camp


    Summer Day Camp was initiated to combat summer learning regression. Once just a classroom of students, camp now serves 220+ students in two locations and employ 67 interns to run classes and activities.

  • 1st Urban Missionary

    1st Urban Missionary

    The first full-time Urban Missionary, Becky Boll, joined the Urban Impact staff.

  • 500 Kids

    500 Kids

    Urban Impact consistently ministered to 500 kids of the North Side throughout the year.

  • Performing Arts

    Performing Arts

    A children’s choir began rehearsals in the Glover’s living room and became the foundation of Urban Impact’s Performing Arts Academy.

  • 150 Gospel Responses

    150 Gospel Responses

    150 lives were changed for eternity.

  • 1,000 Kids Reached

    1,000 Kids Reached

    Reaching 1,000 kids was a true milestone for the organization, but we will always strive to reach even more children in need.

  • Birth of Options Department

    Birth of Options Department

    This programming was designed to create post-secondary success and extend Urban Impact’s influence beyond high school.

  • First ManUp Event

    First ManUp Event

    ManUp became not only an event but also a movement to combat the effects of fatherlessness in Pittsburgh and Charlotte.

  • Education


    An in-school partnership was formed with King Elementary School for staff and volunteers to provide literacy support to struggling students. The partnership grew to multiple schools and became the foundation of Urban Impact’s Education programming.

  • Grew to 10 Urban Missionaries

    Grew to 10 Urban Missionaries

    More staff has translated to more programming as Urban Impact has continued to offer new ways to form relationships with students.

  • 1,500 Kids Reached

    1,500 Kids Reached

    A fifty percent increase in just 3 years!

  • Grew to 20 Urban Missionaries

    Grew to 20 Urban Missionaries

    Urban Missionaries are people living among the students and families we serve. This milestone meant our missionaries outnumbered the distinct neighborhoods of the North Side.

  • Grew to 30 Urban Missionaries

    Grew to 30 Urban Missionaries

    High demand for our programming required an explosive growth in Urban Missionaries to maintain our standard 6:1 ratio.

  • 500+ Gospel Responses

    500+ Gospel Responses

    Heaven rejoices as hundreds of people continue to receive the gift of eternal life.

  • 2,370 Kids Reached

    North Side Community Youth

    Although Urban Impact has reached nearly 20% of the children and youth on the North Side, Urban Impact keeps a steady eye on positioning itself to reach those remaining.

  • Resilience to a Global Pandemic

    Resilience to a Global  Pandemic

    In a very atypical year, Urban Impact rose to the occasion and met the needs of the community in incredible ways. The organization remains strong and will continue its mission in the years to come.

transformation stories

25 years of ministry


For the past 25 years, Urban Impact has been an integral part of people’s lives on an individual basis. See how some of our students, volunteers, and staff have been transformed by Urban Impact’s mission of loving and serving others around the North Side of Pittsburgh. 

Be part of the story


Urban Impact Foundation has consistently served the North Side of Pittsburgh for 25 years. Would you prayerfully consider where God is calling you?

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