Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Quinn


Karma for Cara Foundation microgrants assist in funding exceptional service projects led by youth 18 years of age and younger working to better their communities. Meet microgrant recipient Quinn (17) from Portland, OR. With the help of other volunteers, Quinn delivered almost 1,000 Operation Tooth Fairy kits to low-income families of preschoolers in the Greater Portland area. She works with local Girl Scout troops to assemble and deliver the kits and partners with WIC to get the kits to those who need them.


  1. What inspired you to start this project? After learning about the heartbreaking stories and fact of dental decay in my local area and nationwide, I couldn’t believe nothing big had been done yet to help and raise awareness about the seriousness of dental disease. How can the most prevalent childhood ailment also be the most preventable and still nothing has been done? I know I can’t stop it completely, but I know I can help in my community and start the spread of awareness of this huge injustice.
  2. Other than you, how many student volunteers participated in your service project? 75
  3. Other than that, how many adult volunteers participated in your service project? 30
  4. How many hours did you spend on your project?120
  5. How many hours did other volunteers spend on your project?40
  6. How many individuals were affected by your project? 1200
  7. During the time period between when you applied for a K4C microgrant & when you completed the project, what surprised you? How many people I could reach and how many kits I could make with this grant.
  8. Overall what did you learn from this experience? That just because you can’t stop the whole injustice over being unable to reach everyone, you still need to do what you can because even if you don’t reach everyone, you make a difference to the people you do reach.
  9. How will your project continue having an impact in the future?I have partnered with a younger Girl Scout Troop who will keep my project going in Portland when I go off to college, and I will bring it with me wherever I go and help people in that new community.
  10. How was the K4C microgrant helpful in the completion of your project? With the grant I was able to make over 500 kits and distribute them to local organizations (WIC and IRCO) which are both focused on children ages 0-5.