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Help YOUR Community Champion

There is only one thing as good as making a difference in your community – helping your community champion who goes above and beyond to inspire and make lives better. Royal Neighbors members have a unique opportunity to support local community champions by nominating them for a Nation of Neighbors℠ empowerment grant. 

McKara Caldwell Stitches a Legacy

Dec 21, 2017
Photo of Joni Caldwell and McKara Caldwell with handmade dresses
Shown above, left to right, Joni Caldwell and McKara Caldwell.

Royal Neighbors of America empowers women and improves communities through philanthropy programs, such as Nation of Neighbors℠. Nation of Neighbors awards grants to support initiatives that advance the interests of women or girls.

Royal Neighbors member and Stitching a Legacy founder, McKara Caldwell shares our values. At a young age, McKara, of Viola, Illinois, was inspired to make a difference. She organized a sew-a-thon to create hand-made dresses for girls in need who may not have the opportunity to wear fashionable clothing otherwise. McKara, now a freshman at Indiana Wesleyan University, grew the sew-a-thon into a nonprofit organization, Stitching a Legacy. McKara and her committed team of volunteers have made and gifted nearly 1,000 dresses to girls in group homes, domestic violence shelters, refugee safe places and hospitals.

Royal Neighbors awarded a $5,000 Nation of Neighbors grant to McKara to help her grow Stitching a Legacy and uplift more girls in more communities. McKara plans to use her grant funds to create a web site and broaden her advertising reach.

Royal Neighbors of America is honored to help McKara leave a legacy of improving young girls’ lives, one dress at a time.

To become a member of Royal Neighbors of America and nominate our next Nation of Neighbors recipient, call us at (855) 243-4823.

Form #: P00288; Rev. 12-2017
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