Jay and Karalynne Brubaker, founders of Positive Impact Worldwide, have always had a heart for serving others.
Jay is a retired St. Petersburg Police Officer who continues to serve as a reserve officer and teach at the St. Pete Police Academy. Karalynne, a mother of 3 daughters and grandmother to 8 granddaughters, has studied and taught the Bible for over two decades, participated in overseas missions, and volunteered as a prayer partner for Dr. Lester Sumrall's ministry for many years.
Jay and Karalynne married in 2002, and in 2003, after an overseas mission trip, God spoke to Karalynne's heart and said, "St. Petersburg, FL is your mission field." Shortly after that, in April 2003, Positive Impact Worldwide was born.
Since then, Jay and Karalynne and faithful volunteers have led church services, taught Bible studies, held numerous community outreach events, hosted fundraising banquets, and provided FREE groceries and meals for thousands of children and their families.
In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Positive Impact distributed more than 475,000 meals to the St. Petersburg community. This year alone, Positive Impact is on track to provide over 1 million meals to children and their families, which has a significant IMPACT on our community.
Karalynne and Jay invite you to become a part of what God is doing through Positive Impact. They believe that together, we can END HUNGER and ensure that no child goes to bed hungry in our city!!
Everyday Hero: St. Pete nonprofit making an impact. Cars lined up during the holidays to receive free food, including turkeys and hams for the holidays. But it's this way every week. "Every Saturday, we give fresh meats, produce, and pastries to our local neighbors," Brubaker said. "There's no registration, no sign-up, just show up."
Hi, my name is Karen Rae; I'm the Executive Director of Positive Impact Worldwide. I am also the daughter of Karalynne and stepdaughter of Jay Brubaker.
I have had the pleasure of growing up with a mother and grandmother who instilled in me the belief that "No dream is too BIG for God!" They taught me that if God calls you to do something, he'll make way for you, even if there seems to be no way!
When I was a child, my grandmother started Champion Acres Lake and Campground, where she hosted camp meetings and gospel singings, and my mother is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Positive Impact Ministries.
Being of service to family, neighbors, friends, and our community was a crucial part of my childhood. I saw my mother and grandmother volunteering their time, using their talents and funds in many ways. Not only did they believe it was the right thing to do, but they truly enjoyed serving others. Watching the pleasure they gained from giving back was inspiring and became a common theme in the lives of my sisters and myself.
My career choice and passion for helping and serving others have evolved in a way that was modeled to me by my mother and grandmother. I am honored to carry on their legacy and participate in what God is doing through Positive Impact Worldwide.
I am privileged to serve our community and invite you to join us.
The Key to the City of St. Petersburg, FL, honors distinguished persons, honored guests, and outstanding civic contributors to the city and is meant to confer trust and honor.
This award is seen as the ultimate act of esteem. It symbolizes the freedom of the recipient to enter and leave the city at will as a trusted friend of city residents.
Awarded to Jay & Karalynne Brubaker. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award is annually presented to a humanitarian within the community of St. Petersburg, FL, who embodies and exemplifies the characteristics promoted by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—"a vision of peace, persistence in purpose, and inspirational action."
Jay & Karalynne Brubaker, along with Master Chef Lennox Preudhomme, Assistant Administrator Charles Drake, and Beau Norwood, Administrator of Pinellas Technical College.
In appreciation of the longstanding exemplary support of the college's culinary program & continuing contributions to the program's success at Pinellas Technical College.
Giving your time or financial resources makes our mission possible. Your support ensures that families will NOT go to bed hungry, children will not be on the streets, souls will be saved, lives will be transformed, and future generations will be given HOPE and a FUTURE!
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Positive Impact Worldwide Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, so your donation will be 100% tax deductible as a charitable contribution.