Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. Meet 16 year old Morgan from the Baltimore, MD area. Her project provided food for Baltimore’s homeless for which she has been awarded two microgrants. She used her award to start the Medical Explorers Club at her high school where students learn about how important it is to take care of your physical health and mental wellbeing. Morgan and the club assembled over 100 brown bag lunches and dinners for the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center.
- How many volunteers participated in your project? How many hours did it involve? Medical Explorers Club worked with over 80 volunteers to make 700+ lunches, 40 toiletry bags and 24 fleece blankets for the homeless. I gathered a group of students to drive down to the center to see the people our work us helping. I spent 20+ hours planning, shopping, organizing and setting up.
- What did you learn from this experience? I learned that when one connects with his/her inner drive, this can lead to a chain reaction of motivating others to pursue their aspirations. Our principal, Mrs. Sandra Reid, pulled me aside during the events to acknowledge her amazement and pride at the diverse outcome for our “feed the homeless” event. She remarked that the volunteers were composed of students from every background. This included athletes, musicians, artists, and “students who had not been seen previously involved in school activities and students who have disciplinary issues working harmoniously” as stated by Mrs. Reid.
- How will your project continue having an impact in the future? I hope to continue to inspire my peers of diverse races and religions to give back and find their true passion, whether it is through the Medical Explorers Club, volunteering, or some other endeavor. I have had members tell me my club has changed their lives. They did not know what they wanted to do and now they have a goal.
- Overall, summarize how your project was completed and how you think it went. The project was completed by working together as a community. I think it went incredibly well, and I hope to continue to give back.
- How was the Karma for Cara microgrant helpful in the completion of your project? I could not have had such a successful event without the help of Karma for Cara. I truly appreciate the grant and acknowledge it makes the whole process easier. It makes me so proud to do something to give back to Cara and my community. The grant provided me with all the materials to be donated.