Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Robyn


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, Robyn, a 17-year-old who volunteers with “Wonders & Worries”. Wonders & Worries help children whose parents have a life threatening illness by sending child life specialists to talk with the children, answer any questions and help manage their stress. They also provide each child with a blanket.

1.What inspired you to start this project?

When I was in the 4th grade i found out my dad had stage 2 colon cancer. This news turned my whole life upside down and I had no idea where to even begin coping. My mom got me and my brother involved in an organization called Wonders&Worries. This group is a non-profit that helps kids under the age of 18 deal with having a family member living with a terminal illness. Wonders&Worries gave me a security blanket that helped me feel like someone was always there for me even when I was all alone. Years later, this event sparked my idea to make blankets for kids who are in the situation that I was in.

2. Why is this work important to you?
This work is important to me because I know how it feels to feel hopeless and out of control. I want to help kids know that someone cares for them and is there to comfort them.
3. How did the money from your microgrant help with your project?
The money from my microgrant helped me buy the fabric, tags, and scissors needed to make almost 60 blankets that I gave back to Wonders&Worries, each of which was given to a child with a family member dealing with a terminal illness.
4. What message do you have of giving back for others?
When looking for a project to give back to, start with something that you are passionate about and that you are willing to spend time and effort pursuing. Don’t find the easy way out just so you can get glory for giving back, instead search out a project that really needs your help, the feeling of making the world a better place is glory enough.