Stepping Up for Students: The Student Impact Expansion in Westfield
While many kids have a safe, loving home to return to after school with plenty of food, that’s not the case for all. That’s where Student Impact of Westfield comes in. Founded in 1999, this faith-based non-profit provides a no cost, supportive, and welcoming space for students in grades 5 through 12.
From afterschool programs to summer camps, pancake breakfasts to basketball, Student Impact helps kids build relationships in a safe and consistent environment. This school year alone the organization has provided healthy food, friendship, homework support, and tons of fun to over 700 Westfield students.
Student Impact (SI) has seen needs for youth support grow in Westfield, especially after the pandemic hit. Fundraising began last spring as they were quickly outgrowing the two-story home–fondly called The Rock–that had been donated to them years ago.
Patch Development, a long-standing developer partner of Compass, recognized the alignment between SI and Compass and reached out for help. Going all in on giving back to the community has been an integral part of Compass for years. When the team heard about SI’s needs, there was no hesitation about jumping in to create an expanded, revitalized space for the kids.
Ground broke in May and months of hard work began with Compass on deck as the general contractor and project manager for the $600,000 buildout. We navigated the variance and permit process and helped double the size of the facility, donating all of our time and resources with many of our committed subcontractors pitching in as well.
“Compass has done more for Student Impact than I could have ever expected,” said Danyele Easterhaus, Executive Director of SI.
“You [Compass] have provided the space for changing the lives of children in Westfield…never underestimate the impact you have had. For every student who didn’t have someone when they began at Student Impact and now has lasting friendships and adult mentors in their lives…you made that change possible.”
The ribbon was cut in September in front of the beautiful, renovated building. Behind the smiling students and community members was the new, two-story addition with interior upgrades like a game room, craft area, finished garage, and coffee bar; as well as outdoor spaces like a basketball court and covered patio.
Compass was thrilled to come alongside Student Impact and the kids of Westfield. Donating our time, talent, and resources isn’t just a part of our corporate culture, it’s who we are. We’re grateful for our friends at Patch Development for connecting us with SI and for all of our team members who stepped up to make this dream a reality.