CRADLES TO CRAYONS Overview
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Target demographics: provide children from birth through age 12 living in low-income or homeless situations with the essential items they need to thrive.
Direct beneficiaries per year: distribute 29,000 KidPacks and 30,000 backpacks to local kids in-need
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Every year, Cradles to Crayons engages thousands of individuals in fun, meaningful volunteer opportunities. We welcome volunteers as young as 5 to roll up their sleeves and help to provide local in-need children with the essential items they need and deserve. Together, children and adults inspect, sort, and package new and like-new donations into customized "C2C KidPacks". Activities are appropriate for individuals, families, students, community and corporate groups. Our Giving Factory warehouse can accommodate up to 200 volunteers at a time, making volunteering easy and accessible for company or department wide service days. Inquiry about a 2-hour volunteer shift on our website.
Geographic areas served: Massachusetts and Pennsylvania
Programs: Cradles to Crayons’ signature program, Everyday Essentials, the subject of this request, provides children living in low-income or homeless situations with essential items such as clothing for a week, books, shoes, developmental toys and more. Everyday Essentials operates year-round with targeted seasonal initiatives to best meet the needs of local children.
Our Gear Up for Winter campaign supplies kids with the cold weather gear that they need to stay warm from October through February.
Our school readiness platform, Ready for School operates from July through September to provide children with materials they need to feel ready to learn from head to toe.
During March and April, our Spring Greening program ties in a fun initiative for families to clean out their closets and donate their gently-used items to Cradles to Crayons.
Gear Up for Baby focuses on gathering infant and child safety equipment throughout the months of May and June.