Q&A with Microgrant Recipient Tess


Karma for Cara Microgrants help fund exceptional projects led by youth 18 and under to help complete service projects in their communities. Read about our microgrant recipient Tess, a 15-year-old who created Project Storybook. Project Storybook donates baskets of books to newly built Habitat for Humanity homes.

1. How did you become involved with Project Storybook?

I started Project Storybook about three years ago. I wanted to be involved with Habitat for Humanity, but I was too young to build. So, I decided that I wanted to help kids moving into the Habitat houses. I thought about what I could do to help the kids, and I knew from other volunteer work I have done that about 60 percent of kids in need do not have any books at home to read. So I wanted to donate about four to five new books for each kid moving in. I started locally with Beaches Habitat for Humanity, and it’s been growing ever since! This year, Project Storybook has grown to about 10 cities!

2. Why is your work important to you?

My work is important to me because I strongly believe that every child deserves the opportunity to have books that they can love and call their own. Also, I think it is incredibly important for children to be read to before bed, or at any time, so providing these books for the kids gives them that ability.

3. How did the money from the microgrant help with your project?

The money from the K4C grant will help me grow my project by allowing me to provide mini-grants to any high school/college Habitat club or Habitat office that is interested in starting their own local Project Storybook. I put $50 mini grants into each new Project Storybook FirstBook fundraising account, which jumpstarts their fundraising.

4.What message of giving back do you have for others?

My message of giving back for others is that anything you do can make a difference. Whether it’s a local impact or a global impact, you are still positively affecting someone’s life. Also, it is important to stick with what you are doing because it can continue to help more and more people, causing a greater impact over time.