Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Sam


Meet microgrant recipient Sam (17) from Pikesville, MD. Sam is the current president of the Medical Explorers Club at Pikesville High School. Club members procure, organize and distribute food, toiletries and clothing for homeless students at PHS as well as Baltimore’s homeless via the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center. Sam’s sister, Morgan, started the club 7 years ago, and Sam took the reins after she graduated. With his K4C microgrant, Sam and club members were able to host the club’s 5th annual Feed the Homeless event that involved the entire PHS community.

  1. What inspired you to start this project? I was inspired to continue the tradition of having our yearly Feed The Homeless Event through the Medical Explorers Club at Pikesville High School. We have been blessed through Karma for Cara to have served over 8,000 bagged lunches over five years. I took over as president this year and I want to continue the importance for outreach and educate my peers about giving back to our Baltimore homeless.
  2. Other than you, how many student volunteers participated in your service project? 80
  3. Other than you, how many adult volunteers participated in your service project? 3
  4. How many hours did you spend on your project? 20
  5. How many hours did other volunteers spend on your project? 3
  6. How many individuals were affected by your project? 800
  7. During the time period between when you applied for a K4C microgrant & when you completed the project, what surprised you?  I find the excitement for the Feed The Homeless Event to be really important to my peers and the faculty at my school. They really count on having this event and giving back to others as well as uniting our school. This has become such a meaningful project that we were interviewed by BCPS .
  8. Overall what did you learn from this experience? I learned that everyone cares about giving back and helping others. It is such an incredible experience and when we show up to hand the food to the homeless it is indescribable the feeling we all get. I always think about Cara and know she must be really proud thinking about how young people like herself are giving back all because of her and her family’s generosity.
  9. How will your project continue having an impact in the future? My project is all about teaching myself and others the importance of working together, giving back and uniting a community. I hope this teaches others to continue to give back in the future.
  10. How was the K4C microgrant helpful in the completion of your project?  Honestly, without Karma for Cara we could not have accomplished our goal of not only hosting the Feed The Homeless Event and making over 8,000 bagged lunches for the last five years but also starting the First Free Food and Clothing pantry at our school. It is interesting how one event led to another opportunity to give back directly to my peers in my school who are homeless. I hope to continue this event for many more years and have the support of K4C. Thank you!