Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Rachel


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, Rachel, who created Literacy for Little Ones. Literacy for Little One’s donates book packages to families with a new born child to encourage parents to read to their children, building a strong foundation for family bonding and education.

1. What inspired to start Literacy for Little Ones?

When I was in elementary school, I loved reading.  It was my passion, and I always was reading multiple books at once.  However, I noticed how some of my peers in fifth grade were embarrassed to read aloud.  They had trouble reading, and they felt uncomfortable reading in front of their classmates.  I discussed this with my mom, and she told me that from the day I was born until I entered kindergarten, she kept me on a “ten books a day diet”.   I did some research, and discovered that my mom’s method of reading to me was doctor prescribed.  Research indicated that babies who are read to have an easier time learning how to read once they reach school.  With this information, I applied for a grant, and Literacy for Little Ones was born.

2. Why is your work important to you?

I want all children to have the opportunity to do well in school.  Since I started Literacy for Little Ones, I have become very aware of the number of homes that do not have books to read to their children.  With my project, I hope to spread the love of reading.

3. How did the money from the microgrant help with your project?

I was able to purchase books and supplies for 504 book packages.

4. What message of giving back do you have for others?

There is no greater feeling than helping others.  Once you start a project or volunteer in your community, you will find the pleasure in serving others.

Rachel Ley