Below is my interview with Maggie. Check in later for my interview with 14-year-old fundraising dynamo Hayden Whitt, and in the meantime, check out Maggie’s Project H.O.P.E. page on dosomething.org.
How did your passion for animals start?
When my family got our first dog.
How did you come up with the idea for Project H.O.P.E.?
My Socrates [gifted] class all decided this
was a good idea for a [community service] project and we are all doing the best we can.
What are some obstacles that you have with your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
Money is an issue we need money to help with our project. We could help that with fundraisers. Some of the things that we wanted to change involve our city government and that makes it harder to get things changed. Talking to everyone we can will help change that.
How do you plan to use the Animal Grant from Dosomething.org?
We are going to help to pay the cable TV station to show our public
service announcements and we are writing a book and the money will help
to buy copies to give to our school library and the public library.
What message would you give anyone who is looking to help animals, but doesn’t know where to start?
I would say, “You could visit your local shelter and adopt a dog or
even just volunteer. And if your town does not have a shelter you could
donate to a website or organization that helps support animal welfare.”
How else has Dosomething.org helped your project?
In addition to the grant, Dosomething.org helped advertise our project and maybe inspire people to support their local shelter.