Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Carlos


Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. Meet Carlos (11) from Pennsylvania whose project was to create a fruit and vegetable garden in his school’s outdoor area. His school outdoor space is open to the community, and with the support of the school, the gardens are now used for planting by the students and teachers. When the crops are harvested, students choose what they would like to do with the crops such as eat them as snacks or take them home and share with the family or donate to food banks.

  1. What inspired you to start this project? Knowledge of the many benefits for children of having a school garden. It promotes interest in trying new healthy foods, lasting interest in planting, team work, and beautification of school and community.
  2. Other than you, how many student volunteers participated in your service project? 5
  3. How many adult volunteers participated in your service project? 6
  4. How many hours did you spend on your project? 12
  5. How many hours did other volunteers spend on your project? 5
  6. How many individuals were affected by your project? 350
  7. During the time period between when you applied for a K4C microgrant & when you completed the project, what surprised you?  The coordination that it requires to develop a sustainable program
  8. Overall what did you learn from this experience? Planning and engaging the right people is paramount for success. Team work.
  9. How will your project continue having an impact in the future? This school garden will impact many generations of students and will be used during school year and summer camps and be integrated in some parts of the curriculum. It will support the community as part of the harvest will be used to support local food pantries. We have a scouts troop (cubs and boys) that will also benefit by participating in its maintenance periodically.
  10. How was the K4C microgrant helpful in the completion of your project?  We were successful because of the resources that we were able to acquired using the grant funds. The interaction with our program coordinator was very encouraging when applying for this grant.