Karma for Cara had a busy week last week! Here’s a recap of what happened.
On Tuesday our intern Abby visited a kindergarten classroom in Glenview, Illinois and read our Cara Cookie Volunteers story to a group of 60 students. The children were happily engaged and provided us with valuable feedback. All of the kindergarteners agreed that they would want to read the story again with friends and family. The only criticism the book received is that we did not include pizza in the list of food brought to the nursing home in the story! Judging by the positive feedback from the students, we cannot wait to have a finished product and to distribute the book to libraries and schools across the country.
On Wednesday, the Karma for Cara team went to Evanston to meet with two groups of students at Northwestern University. These students spent the last quarter this school year utilizing the strategy of design thinking to promote youth volunteerism. One student group designed a phone application called Service for Others (S40), which connects high school students and engages them in service opportunities. The other student team created a Karma for Cara “club-in-a-box”, a physical box containing materials necessary to start a community service club. Both groups had innovative ideas that we look forward to utilizing as we continue to grow, develop, and plan the implementation of K4C clubs in local schools and programs to increase youth volunteerism.
In other news…
We met with Oliver Rose, a friend of Karma for Cara, who is helping produce a short documentary on people who volunteer and give back even when they need help themselves. The documentary will include a story on Cara, students at Living Classrooms and the creation of the Karma for Cara foundation. We are currently in the “storyboard” stages of the documentary and cannot wait to continue developing and organizing the film.
Yet another project we are working on is a K4C Day of Service, a wonderful volunteer opportunity that will encourage and promote community based volunteering. Our hope is that volunteers “register” for the event via Facebook and tell us what community service activity they will be participating in. On August 8-9, participants will post pictures of themselves volunteering onto the K4C Facebook page. Although the Karma for Cara family is spread across the country, we believe that this day will provide a special way to join together through our service.