LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Impulse Group was formed to give the community the ability to be in charge of its own health and wellness. Six years later, sixteen cities worldwide have risen up to be a movement by the community for the community. The last week has seen some of the darkest times the GLBTQ community has ever faced, but in the days following the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub, we have seen great resilience from the community of Orlando.
Impulse Group Orlando launched in 2015 and has grown to become a part of the gay community of Orlando, providing not only engaging social events, but promoting regular HIV/STI testing and services to those most at risk. A beacon in the GLBTQ community, Pulse opened its doors to Impulse Group Orlando and has been a key supporter of the cause, hosting activations to promote both community engagement and free HIV testing on site to disproportionately affected demographics. This past March, Impulse Group Orlando partnered with Pulse to activate a first-of-its-kind testing night geared toward the Latino community. The video can be viewed here.
The last week has provided a new challenge that Impulse never expected to be faced with, but Impulse Group Orlando, a group that volunteers its time, did not hesitate to begin working with the community to assist where help was needed. In addition to manpower throughout the week, Impulse Group Orlando worked with its primary benefactor, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, to deploy mobile testing vans, traditionally used for rapid HIV and STI testing, to help with blood donation. The multi-chapter governing board, Impulse Group United, has made over $10,000 in monetary donations. In addition, Impulse Group Orlando will be covering the expenses for additional security at the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, a community safe space for GLBTQ residents of Orlando.
“As the community continues to rebuild in the wake of these tragic events, Impulse Orlando will continue to stand with the community and work with the city to aid efforts of recovery for the victims, their families, and Orlando as a whole,” said Corey Lyons, President of Impulse Group Orlando.
About Impulse Group United:
Impulse Group was founded in February 2010 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Since then, Impulse rapidly expanded to include U.S. branches in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale/Miami, Atlanta, NYC, Washington D.C., Dallas, San Diego, San Francisco, as well as two branches in Mexico, India, Thailand, Cambodia, China, and Brazil.