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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities.  Meet Tyrin (18) from Huntington, WV whose project was the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital Fun Day. In order to provide a fun experience for hospitalized children at the hospital, Ty and volunteers visited with the children to learn more about them outside of their illnesses, made crafts together, and decorated the children’s hospital rooms. 

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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities.  Meet Morgan (6) from Bowie, MD who used her microgrant to fund a Birthday Party & Community Service Day Party. This year Morgan dedicated her birthday to the Lighthouse Shelter in Annapolis, MD. At the party she & her guests packed and decorated bagged lunches for the homeless. Morgan also donated some of the presents she received to the shelter. In addition to her birthday party she organized a Community Service Day Party to which she invited her entire 1st grade class, plus other friends, and kids in her family. They packed & decorated more lunch bags. A representative from the Lighthouse Shelter attended both events to discuss the work they do in an age-appropriate manner and explain how Morgan and her friends are helping them. 

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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities.  Meet Kaina (17) from Miami whose project is called One Page Closer which she initiated as a junior in high school. Kaina and volunteers supply fully stocked bookshelves/mini-libraries to low income students that include young adult books (that students are more interested in)–not necessarily just academic reading books.

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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities.  Meet Isabella from Yorba Linda, CA who used her microgrant to fund a literacy intervention project called “Read a Story, Change a Life.” Using a template developed by Higher Ground Youth and Family Services, a local outreach program servicing at-risk youth, Isabella and volunteers made their project mobile. Incorporating puppet shows about reading and writing and engaging children in storytelling, Isabella hopes to engender a love of reading and writing in young children to promote equal access to literary success.

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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities.  Meet Codi from Chicago, IL. He & nine other youths aged 14-18 who are involved in the Youth Leadership Institute used their awards to learn fundamental leadership & facilitation skills. This past summer they used those skills to plan, market and execute 4 community tours and service projects within their communities. The purpose of the Youth Leadership Institute and the tours is to combat issues of isolation and negative stigma associated with the south and westside Chicago neighborhoods by encouraging interconnectivity and empathy across communities.

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Karma for Cara Foundation microgrants assist in funding exceptional service projects led by youth 18 years of age and younger working to better their communities. Meet microgrant recipient Quinn (17) from Portland, OR. With the help of other volunteers, Quinn delivered almost 1,000 Operation Tooth Fairy kits to low-income families of preschoolers in the Greater Portland area. She works with local Girl Scout troops to assemble and deliver the kits and partners with WIC to get the kits to those who need them.

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Karma for Cara Foundation microgrants help fund exceptional service projects led by youth 18 years of age and younger working to better their communities. Meet microgrant recipient Kaley (15) from Kaneohe, HI. She, other student government members at Kamakau Laboratory Public Charter School and adult members of the community used her award to repair the school’s parking lot which was deemed unsafe for both cars and pedestrians. Additionally, the school does not have a gym, so all students use the parking lot for physical education classes.

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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities.  Hannah (15) from Chattanooga, TN used her award for the renovation of the library in the Westside Community Center which is located in a public housing development. Among other improvements, Hannah and classmates from Baylor School painted, repaired shelving, and contributed additional books to the library.

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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities.  Shyam (12) from Ann Arbor, MI used his award to fund a service project entitled Kindle Kingdom Summer Literacy Program. In collaboration with the Community of Action Network of Washtenaw County (CAN) ByKids4Kids designed a program to improve the language and literacy outcomes of 1st through 6th grade students. Shyam and other students involved in ByKids4Kids used Kindles to read to children instead of books because Kindles expose low income kids to technology and reduce paper usage. They want to give all children a chance to be successful in life and promote a lifetime of volunteerism and community service!

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Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities.  Mackenzie (18) from Canyon County, CA used her award for this year’s Code Read Book Fairs. Mackenzie founded Code Read in 2016 with the goal of bringing books to children who may not be able to afford them. Mackenzie and her team purchase books and book bags for elementary school children in low-income schools in Los Angeles County. Books are then distributed to K-6 graders via free book fairs, similar to Scholastic book fairs but with the exception that kids earn the books through good behavior and performance in the classroom.