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Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Morgan

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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 helped them. 

  1. What inspired you to start this project? I am on a KIDS board (Kids Involved in Donating and Service) and we do projects all year to help people and non-profits. I wanted lots of kids to be able to do these projects, too, so I organized a party that lots of kids could come to.
  2. Other than you, how many youth volunteers participated in your service project? 60
  3. How many adult volunteers participated in your service project? 15
  4. How many hours did you spend on your project? 25
  5. How many hours did other volunteers spend on your project? 15
  6. How many individuals were affected by your project?  500
  7. During the time period between when you applied for a K4C microgrant & when you completed the project, what surprised you? I thought the party was going to be really easy to plan since we had done a lot of these projects before, but it was really hard and took a lot of work and time to plan such a big event. I was also surprised that Evite featured me as a birthday hero and gave us a donation because they really liked the idea of a community service party.
  8. Overall what did you learn from this experience? I learned that there are even more people who need help than I thought. I also learned that it takes a lot of work to plan big events, and you need help from lots of different people to make it successful. You need volunteers, you need a place to have it, and you need money and supplies.
  9. How will your project continue having an impact in the future? I think all the kids who came really liked it and will want to do more giving. It also will impact the 9 non-profits that we helped with projects at the party because they will see that kids can help with their work too.
  10. How was the K4C microgrant helpful in the completion of your project? If we didn’t have the microgrant we wouldn’t have had enough money for the materials and supplies to do the party or advertise it.