Karma for Cara Microgrants help fund exceptional service projects led by youth 18 and under working to better their communities. Read about our microgrant recipient, Sabrina. Sabrina founded “Artful Start”, which provides art program to children who have special needs.
1. What inspired you to start “Artful Start”?
I was inspired to found Artful Start after volunteering at Camp CAMP, a sleep-away camp for children with special needs. At CAMP, I learned about the many problems that people with special needs face in society. I became so passionate about this issue that I was no longer content spending only my summers working on this cause, so I searched for what I could do to help.
2. Why is your work important to you?
My work is important to me because I want to spread the message that people with special needs are so much more than a medical diagnosis. The children that I work with have likes, dislikes, and passions–they are unique individuals, not a diagnosis on a piece of paper.
3. How did the money from the microgrant help with your project?
The money from the microgrant is assisting Artful Start in two ways. First, it is being used to buy art supplies for an upcoming family art day, which is an event for 50 families with six themed art stations. Additionally, the money is helping to run our #MoreAlikeThanDifferent campaign. This project is an online pledge to treat people with disabilities with respect and dignity, and when people sign it, they are mailed a sticker with the hashtag to serve as a reminder of their decision.
4. What message of giving back do you have for others?
My message is to utilize your passion to make a difference. For as long as I can remember, I have always loved art. When I became frustrated with the problems in my community for people with disabilities, I turned back to my passion to solve the problem. Everyone has a unique skill to contribute, and when we harness our strengths we can make the largest impact.