Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Joni


Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. Meet microgrant recipient Joni, 13. Joni used her award to purchase paint, garden supplies, flowers & other items needed to repair the garden at her community’s Esperanza Center. Joni worked with other students to beautify and rejuvenate the center’s garden at their new location. The new location houses its Family Reunification Program which provides case management and essential services to youth who immigrate to the U.S. as unaccompanied minors.

  1. How many volunteers participated in your project? How many hours did it involve? 4 volunteers. 30 hours.
  2. What did you learn from this experience? Well, I learned to connect with nature and how to work in a group. I also learned to plant flowers.
  3. How will your project continue having an impact in the future? I will continue my work in the community. I will help people in my community learn job skills. Gardening and painting.
  4. Overall, summarize how your project was completed and how you think it went. It was fun working with a team. It was life changing. I learned what it takes to help my community.
  5. How was the Karma for Cara microgrant helpful in the completion of your project? It helped us to buy the supplies that were needed to beautify the EC2 garden.