College Inside Track’s “Pick Two” Program has provided the impetus for some inspired, and inspiring, projects. We’re particularly encouraged by the effort made by 17 year old baker-entrepreneur Kate Spence. Read about her community service in support of front line COVID-19 caregivers and patients.
Community service is a piece of cake for Minnesotan Kate Spence, a 17-year-old rising high school senior who has a passion for baking. Kate had already been writing get well/feel better cards for patients at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis when COVID-19 hit, and – prompted by the Pick Two program – Kate quickly developed the idea to invest her time in a different, more demanding sort of service project.
Kate’s Cakes was thus born — “a Minnesota based baking business specializing in layer cakes and cupcakes made from scratch.” Kate’s prices are extremely reasonable, and she finds that clients often add a little extra because of Kate’s great cause.
All of the profits from Kate’s Cakes are donated to University of Minnesota Caregiver Emergency Fund. This fund, in collaboration with M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center, supports frontline healthcare workers – the needs, health, and general wellbeing of doctors, nurses, and other frontline caregivers. It also helps with supplies and equipment for COVID-19 patient care.
To date, the total proceeds of Kate’s Cakes are hovering around $1100 – a figure that represents a lot of cake, and — so importantly – much in the way of care for some of Minnesota’s brave COVID-19 healthcare workers, and those who are suffering from the virus.
Through this venture, Kate has learned quite a bit about running a business. She’s learning how to manage orders, contacts, inventory, profits and so much more, including how wonderful it can be to work very hard for a cause one really believes in.
If swoon-worthy chocolate ganache, classic raspberry coulis, or reams of luscious buttercream frosting generously topping cupcakes seem in order to you this August – consider Kate’s Cakes, and support this inspiring teen’s beautiful cause.
To place an order or to learn more about Kate’s products: https://sites.google.com/view/katescakes/home
Good work, Kate. We’re all so proud of your sweet effort.