Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Allison


Microgrant recipient Allison (17) from Freedom, IN and the Owen Valley Future Farmers of America made tie blankets for a nursing home during their annual lock-in event. The chapter members look for ways to raise awareness of the needs in their community that result in a project for the lock-in. Members donated their time to prepare and create lap tie blankets for both animals and people in need. The following week, the Owen Valley FFA officer team delivered the finished blankets.

  1. What inspired you to start this project? I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others, not just the ones we helped, but also in the ones that helped us make and donate the finished product.
  2. Other than you, how many student volunteers participated in your service project? 25
  3. How many adult volunteers participated in your service project? 5
  4. How many hours did you spend on your project? 10
  5. How many hours did other volunteers spend on your project? 8
  6. How many individuals were affected by your project? 15
  7. During the time period between when you applied for a K4C microgrant & when you completed the project, what surprised you? I was surprised by how many people and animals this would affect. The blankets can help so many people in the nursing home, not just one, and they can affect so many animals, not just one.
  8. Overall what did you learn from this experience? I learned valuable leadership skills because I was the one in charge, and I had to teach all the volunteers to make the tie blankets and also had to make sure we had all supplies to help it run smoothly.
  9. How will your project continue having an impact in the future? My project will leave a mark on the Owen Valley FFA and they have said they plan to continue this project for many years. The volunteers have also said they will remember doing this project for many years to come.
  10. How was the K4C microgrant helpful in the completion of your project? The K4C grant made this project possible with the funds they gave us. Without this, we wouldn’t have been able to make near as many blankets and have access to good supplies like we did.