Karma for Cara Microgrants help fund exceptional service projects led by youth 18 and under working to better their communities. Read about our microgrant recipient, Corinne, a 15-year-old founder of Warm Winters. Warm Winters works with ski resorts in eight states collecting unclaimed warm clothing and accessories to be donated to people experiencing homeless.
1. What inspired you to start Warm Winters?
When I was 11 years old, I noticed a homeless man on the streets near my house dressed in just a t-shirt and jeans on a bitterly cold winter’s day. I was horrified that he did not even have a coat to shield him from the cold. I knew that I had to find a way to help him. I was a ski racer, and one day I went to the lost and found during practice to look for a hat I had misplaced. There, I saw a huge pile of unclaimed warm coats, hats, gloves and scarves that were going to be discarded. Impulsively, I asked if I could take those unclaimed items and bring them to the homeless in my community, and that day, Warm Winters was born!
2. Why is your work important to you?
Like many teens today, I was a victim of bullying by my peers, which caused me to lose my focus and confidence. When I started Warm Winters, I was able to turn my focus to helping others, which helped me to heal. I made it my mission to find the really great teens out there, and work side by side with them to change the lives of the homeless.
3. How did the money from the microgrant help with your project?
The money from this microgrant made it possible to expand our outreach to eight states, by recruiting ski resorts across the country, along with youth volunteers at each location.
4. What message of giving back do you have for others?
Don’t ever give up. Nothing is out of reach, and no dream is unrealistic or unimportant. You can accomplish anything if you put in the effort and keep yourself motivated, and it is never too late or too soon (you can never be too young or too old) to conquer your obstacles and get to where you want to be. If something seems too hard or seems impossible to accomplish, GO FOR IT! Tackle any obstacles that come across your path because I can promise you that you will be able to overcome them, no matter how big or small they may be.