Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. 14-year-old microgrant recipient Leigha from Louisiana wanted to help the Morning Glory Ministries in Kansas City during a National Ministry Convention. Leigha and her group of volunteers served meals and distributed snacks, toiletries & other supplies to homeless youth.
- How many volunteers participated in your project?
There was a total of about 25 people who participated in my service project. We actually volunteered one morning during the Junior National Convention in Kansas City. We served breakfast and helped clean up afterwards at the Morning Glory Ministries.
2. What did you learn from this experience?
I learned that giving is loving. A lot of the people served are just on hard times. They really need a little extra help, but sometimes we all do. Some of them don’t know where their next meal is coming from. We all should be grateful for God’s blessings on us.
3. How will your project continue having an impact in the future?
The project Morning Glory Ministries was actually the first one of this kind for our Junior Division. It is the first time we have gone out and volunteered for a project. Usually it just involves collecting monetary donations. I’m working to make projects like this one commonplace in our organization. I believe that I have spearheaded an idea for future Junior Conventions.
4. Overall, summarize how your project was completed and how you think it went.
The project definitely was a success. We also were able to give away 75 bookbags to Morning Glory Ministries to give out to the homeless. We put together toiletries in ziplocs to be donated. We filled over 300 bags of toiletries.
5. How was the Karma for Cara microgrant helpful in the completion of your project?
The Karma for Cara microgrant was a huge addition to our donation capabilities to Morning Glory. With the grant, in addition to all the donations mentioned above, we were able to give a total donation of $2500 to Morning Glory Ministries. They were very excited about the donations and explained to us that we are helping to feed thousands of homeless people in the area because of our generosity.