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Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Molly

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Meet K4C microgrant recipient Molly (10) from Washington state. She and a 4H Club used the award to gather & assemble personal care items–such as fleece blankets & toiletries–for children in the local foster care program.

  1. How many volunteers participated in your service project (other than you)? Th project was completed at multiple steps.  At two of the events, the majority of our 4H club participated (25+ kids with the help of 3-4 adults).  Some of the project was completed by one family (4 kids and one adult)
  2. How many hours did you specifically spend on your project?  I and my family spent at least 20 hours on the project.  The entire 4H group worked about 2 hours on the project.
  3. How many individuals were affected by your project?  The items were donated to a county foster program.  There were approximately 15 tied fleece blankets and 15 bags in addition to up to 20 individual toiletry items.  If every single item went to a different foster child in excess of 200 kids would see benefit; most likely the number who share the items would probably more likely to be in the 25-30 range.
  4. What did you learn from this experience?  I and the other 4H’ers had an opportunity to talk about kids who are not as fortunate as we are as well as the ability to donate items in an anonymous fashion. 
  5. How will your project continue having an impact in the future? This project was an off-shoot of doing fleece hats and blankets for the sharing tree at school.  Doing items for the school will likely continue, but if we do an additional project we may look at doing something different.
  6. Overall, summarize how your project was completed and how you think it went. As often happens with a group of busy kids and families, it took longer to put all the pieces of the project together.  All of us enjoyed working together on a project but really (probably) won’t get to see first hand how all of our gathered items will ultimately be used.
  7. How was the Karma for Cara microgrant helpful in the completion of your project? Without the grant we would not have been able to purchase the toiletry items that were included in the donated items. I and the other 4H’ers donated gently used bags and material to make blankets and toiletry bags.