Meet Karma for Cara Foundation microgrant recipient Passion (14) from Kenosha, WI. She and other students in the ACE Program in Racine created blankets for the homeless & children in foster care. Alternatives to Corrections Through Education (ACE) is an alternative for youth, ages 12-17, who would otherwise be placed in a state correctional facility.
- How many volunteers participated in your service project (other than you)? If applicable, please differ between youth and adult volunteers.
Several youth participated over the last year in the project. The ACE Program provided a facilitator to oversee progress, but the youth made the no-sew blankets. Due to certain restrictions in our facility, ACE staff had to prep the blankets by cutting the corners and measuring the blankets. The ACE participants could use medical scissors to cut the rest of the blanket and tie them.
- How many hours did you specifically spend on your project? If other participants were involved, how many hours did they spend on the project? The ACE Program as a whole spent around 60-80 hours over the last year on the project. Those hours include the hours the ACE staff prepped the corners and measured the blankets.
- How many individuals were affected by your project?
Several individuals were positively affected by our project. Several foster children in Racine will have blankets to take with them as they start their new adventure. We also donated several blankets to HALO, a homeless shelter here in Racine, so a number of homeless can keep warm as well
- What did you learn from this experience?
Our project was a positive thing for the community. We helped people in need, thought of others rather than ourselves, and most importantly the experience taught us to be better individuals.
- How will your project continue having an impact in the future?
It makes all of us feel better about ourselves because we helped people that couldn’t help themselves. It is a good feeling to be able to help people, and it makes you want to help the community even more.
- Overall, summarize how your project was completed and how you think it went.Over the last year, the ACE program as a whole spent several hours cutting and tying blankets. The project went well, and helped us improve our team building ability and communication skills. We really looked forward to delivering the blankets to people in need, especially during the holiday season.
- How was the Karma for Cara microgrant helpful in the completion of your project? Karma for Cara provided us the opportunity to reach out to several people, in our community, who are in less fortunate situations than ourselves. Without your assistance, we would not have been able to donate to both foster care and HALO here in Racine. We were thankful for the opportunity you gave to us!