The Karma for Cara Foundation is a nonprofit founded by 21-year-old Cara Becker and her family while she was undergoing treatment for leukemia at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Cara and her two brothers began volunteering at a young age as part of their family's commitment to community service. She and her family saw a tremendous need to help support other patients and their families who were also challenged by cancer. Tragically, Cara passed four months after her diagnosis, yet her wish to help others through K4C lives on with the support of an ever-growing circle of family and friends.
To date, the foundation has awarded forty grants totaling $27,286.50 — grants that have engaged hundreds of volunteers in more than a thousand hours of community service.
As part of an effort to promote and support youth voluntarism, k4C started a program in the fall of 2014 to encourage kids 18 and under to apply for microgrants between $250 and $1,000 that they can use to complete a service project in their communities. Examples of fundable projects include (but are not limited to) turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground, or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter.
For complete program guidelines, profiles of featured projects, and application instructions, see the Karma for Cara Foundation website.