Karma for Cara Microgrants help fund exceptional service projects led by youth 18 and under working to better their communities. Read about our microgrant recipients Sophia and Olivia. Sophia and Olivia created three types of bags to ease the transition for children who are placed into emergency foster care. The types of bags are as follows: Night Time, School, and Coping Bags.
1. What inspired you to start this project?
Sophia: We heard that there were kids in our county who were being removed from their home and placed in foster care. We thought that going into foster care must be difficult, sad, and scary for them. One way we thought we could make the transition a little easier for them would be if they were given their own night time bags, school bags, and art bags.
2. Why is your work important to you?
Olivia: It feels good to help and do projects like this. I hope that when a child gets one of the art bags that I worked on, that she or he doesn’t feel as upset and knows that someone cares about her or him.
Sophia: I think it is good to help others in need. Giving back to others helps create a feeling of togetherness – a feeling that you’re not alone in the world.
3. How did the money from the microgrant help with your project?
Sophia: The microgrant enabled us to buy fabric, bags, and goodies for the three different types of bags that we made. We were able to make a lot more bags than we had originally hoped to do because of the size of the microgrant. We also were able to have a wider variety of things that we were able to include in each bag.
4. What message of giving back do you have for others?
Olivia: Volunteering is good for people to do; and it might give them something to enjoy while helping and making others feel happy.
Sophia: It is important to give back to the community because it creates opportunities for people to help and connect with one another. I think more people should be volunteering – whether it’s to help other people, animals, the environment, or whatever is important to them. Volunteering gives people a chance to help others who are less fortunate than them; and to know that they are making a positive difference in the world.