Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Madelyn


Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. Meet 16 year old microgrant recipient Madelyn from Vermont. Madelyn used her award to create a garden for her after school program to teach kids about the environment and how to plant & landscape. Throughout her project, students learned how to plant beds & vegetables and maintain the garden.

  1. How many volunteers participated in your project? How many hours did it involve? Approximately 60 students and 10 adults. We spent many weeks & months on this project. Our students were responsible for almost every aspect of this garden.
  2. What did you learn from this experience? All of our students learned valuable life skills; they learned how to work as a team, how to properly maintain a garden, and how to compromise. Going forward they will continue to learn new skills because of the garden.
  3. How will your project continue having an impact in the future? Students are responsible for maintaining the garden year-round. They will ensure that the garden is sustained and productive for years to come. Teachers and instructors will be able to teach students new life skills, talk about the importance of the environment and why healthy eating habits are so important. It will have a lasting impact for many years.
  4. Overall, summarize how your project was completed and how you think it went. The project was challenging but also fun at the same time. We worked very hard to get this project started and completed. We had our students involved in the planning of the garden and working to set it up. Our students worked very hard to help make this project a successful one.
  5. How was the Karma for Cara microgrant helpful in the completion of your project? Without the Karma for Cara grant we would not have been able to do and complete this project. Thanks to your generosity we now have a beautiful garden for everyone to enjoy and learn from. Students will be able to learn more about gardening and the environment, and teachers will be able to use the garden as a teaching tool for their lesson plans. The garden is and will continue to have a lasting impact here. We are very grateful to you!! Thank you!!