Making Positivity a Thing!
My name is Cavanaugh and I’m 7 years old. When I’m not playing basketball or lacrosse, I LOVE giving back to the community.
Here is how it all started...
The Summer of Help | Flint, Michigan
My first official campaign was in the Summer of 2018, when I helped my mom raise almost $5,000 to buy a semi-truck of water for Flint, Michigan. I made quick videos to help bring awareness to the contaminated water that residents in Flint have been forced to live with. It made me sad to know that they didn’t have what they needed to survive and I was determined to help any way I could.
^^That’s the semi-truck that held almost 1,500 cases of water for elderly residents at 800 East Court Street in Flint, Michigan. It took my mom and cousins almost 12 hours to deliver all of the water!
The residents were so happy and thankful that a group of people from Maryland drove to Flint to help them, when almost everyone has forgotten.
We also got over 20 bags of donations for Cummings Great Expectations in Flint too! We took them children’s clothes, shoes, snacks, diapers, wipes, cleaning supplies, even water!
My mom sent me tons of pictures and it felt amazing to be able to know that I could help make things a little better for Flint.
The more I saw my mom helping others, the more I knew I needed to find ways to give back too.
And, that’s exactly what I did!
Because with my next birthday coming up I wanted to make giving back my mission.
Spreading the Birthday Love | Gaithersburg, MD
One day when I was driving to work with my mom, I saw a homeless man on the street asking for money. I asked my mom why he was homeless and she let me give him a dollar to help him. Then I saw a homeless man in a shopping center near my home and he played a guitar. I would stand and listen to him play and I felt sad that he didn’t have a home to live in like I did. When I would get money from my mom, I would give it back to her and ask her to give it to the man with the guitar.
That’s when I had a great idea to help even more people in my community.
So, for my 6th birthday in November 2018, I told my mom I didn’t want any gifts and wanted to make care packs for the homeless instead. So, I went back to social media and made videos to ask people for $6 for my birthday.
And, in a little over a week, I raised $634. I even got hundreds of dollars of donations from complete strangers who didn’t know me, but who wanted to help!
I was so happy and blessed to be able to make 57 care packs – full of things that the homeless need! And, I spent most of my Thanksgiving Day (it was super cold!) handing out the care packs to the homeless in my community. I got hugs from people and lots of high fives for being out there spreading love and positivity on Thanksgiving, that I told my mom I wanted to keep giving back.
And, that’s exactly what I did...
Holiday Love for the Homeless | Atlanta, GA
So, for Christmas, I told my mom again that I didn’t want to have present because I really didn’t need anything.
My mom showed me a video about Hope Thru Soap who help the homeless by giving them shower and food. That’s when I knew I wanted to raise money to help them and get the homeless in Atlanta the clothes they needed for the winter.
I made a few videos and even called my family and friends to ask them to donate $5 for Hope to help the homeless.
And, everyone came through big for me again!
I was able to get $325 for Hope Thru Soap – I was SO excited!
My mom and I drove down to Atlanta, it was a long drive, but I was able to meet Jason and give him the money I raised.
They had a block party to feed the homeless and played music for them to dance and know that they had people that cared about them. I even danced with them too and got to meet the Harlem Globetrotters.
For me, being able to make a goal and achieve it, made me want to do even more for the community and the world.
And, that is how C.O.O.L. & D.O.P.E. was started!
So, I invite you to join the Cool & Dope movement and help me make positivity a thing!
And check out what we, together, accomplished in 2019... BUT FIRST...
I may have started Cool & Dope but we’re a big world-changing family and I couldn’t have accomplished most of my goals this year without your help 🙌🏽
Over the past year, WE did A LOT and have even more work to do in 2020!
Here’s just a glimpse of what we accomplished in 2019!
🙌🏽 Made over 275 handmade cards (from all over the country + Germany) for the sick kids at The Children's Inn at NIH.
🙌🏽 Got February 21st dedicated in the City of Gaithersburg, MD as Bullying Awareness Day in honor of Gabriel Taye. Shout to my favorite guy... Mayor Ashman and the City of Gaithersburg Government 🤜🏻🤛🏾
🙌🏽 We travelled to Capitol Hill and spread the love on Valentine’s Day 💝 because you know politics has so much hostility, they can't get enough positivity. It was SO dope to meet Congressman David Trone, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Congressman Joe Neguse, Rep Jahana Hayes, and Rep. Lauren Underwood. PLUS, Cool & Dope received a Congressional Certificate of Recognition for our Bullying Prevention work!
🙌🏽 We interviewed bullying experts to raise awareness about what we all can do to keep each other safe AND we hosted a virtual bullying awareness vigil.
🙌🏽 We took 225 “We’re Cool” bags to local schools to let bullying victims know that they’re not alone. Much ❤️ for Literati for their generous donation of books and kindness coins AND Pop it Pal for the amazing pimple poppers too!!!
🙌🏽 We adopted a road to make sure we do our part in keeping the Earth clean. Check us out along Dufief Mill Rd in Gaithersburg, MD.
🙌🏽 We distributed over 200 smile bags to seniors at Asbury Methodist Visit... just in time for St. Patrick’s Day ☘️ special thanks to Love For The Elderly for making this possible!
🙌🏽 We volunteered every day in April to give back even more to the community. That’s over 80 hours in April alone and a lot of great work done for Comfort Cases, Nourish Now, and Rockville Cemetery - just to shout out a few!
🙌🏽 We went to the Annapolis State House to share our bullying survey findings with State Delegate Julie Palakovich Carr AND we spent the day with State Sen. Cheryl C. Kagan. AND we were SO honored to receive a State Citation from the Senator for our work in the community on bullying prevention.
🙌🏽 We hosted the first-ever Senior Citizens Prom in Gaithersburg and had a blast with the dope seniors at The Hillside Senior Apartment Homes. We couldn’t have done it without donations from Silver Diner, Nothing Bundt Cakes and All In One Events ❤️
🙌🏽 We sent 30 underprivileged kids to see their first play at The Kennedy Center. Big THANKS to our anonymous donor who blessed us with a $500 donation to make this possible!
🙌🏽 We travelled all the way to New Jersey to give a HUGE TEDxYouth Talk about the power of tapping into our world changing M.A.G.I.C.
🙌🏽 We got October officially recognized by Montgomery County as Bullying Prevention Month. Thank you Councilmember Will Jawando ❤️
AND a bunch of other smaller campaigns to share love and support to a host of nonprofits across the country that are doing big things for our world 🌎
PLUS... Cool & Dope was featured 6 times throughout the year on every major news network in the DC/MD/VA!
But this is just the beginning guys. I need your help in 2020 to inspire at least 10,000 kids, like me, to pledge to volunteer at least 2 hours a month in their city. I know together we can do it.
I love you guys!
Cool & Dope Corp is an organization that is all about raising awareness and giving young kids a way to give back. C.O.O.L. stands for C.onsidering O.thers’ O.bstacles and L.ife and D.O.P.E. stands for D.ish O.ut P.ositive E.nergy. I’m on a mission to spread positivity and show kids that they can have a positive impact no matter their age!