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Cradles To Crayons

Rating: 4.87 stars   319 reviews 10,784

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Human Services

Address:

155 North Beacon Street Brighton MA 02135 USA

Mission:

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.

Results:

Over the years, Cradles to Crayons has distributed more than 300,000 packages of essential items to disadvantaged Massachusetts children, including 127,000 backpacks filled with brand new school supplies.

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

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.

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617-779-4700
www.cradlestocrayons.org

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Reviews for Cradles To Crayons

Rating: 5 stars  

I've volunteered several times at the Philadelphia location with my former employer. The corporate sponsor days are a great way to show up with a huge group of people, tackle some big tasks, and help lots of kids! I love the backpack program every year which supplies kids with a backpack stuffed with school supplies in August before school starts. This year I was able to send a few handmade cards which also get included in each backpack. They also have offsite drop off locations which are posted on their Facebook page for convenient weekend drop offs. (They came to an Old Navy only a few miles from my house on a Saturday and I was able to donate any size small women's clothing to this program instead of a generic donation recipient.) Passionate people and great cause!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I believe that Cradle To Crayons can use every dollar given. They look for ways to maximize the way that they can help children in our communities.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer here, and collect clothes to donate. The volunteer experience is well-organized and fulfilling, the space is cheerful, the volunteer leaders are upbeat and appreciative, and there is time built in to inform volunteers of how many needy children were served by the work we did that shift. It is easy to see that without our donations and time, children in dire need would not have basic clothing needs met. And that that toys, crafts, and books packed with a week's worth of clothing will give them a much-needed lift and feeling of care and nurturing when they most need it.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand donations from the community!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My company donated 60 Outfit Packs to Cradles to Crayons.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Just finished a volunteer shift at Cradles to Crayons... a wonderful and fulfilling experience as always! C2C is so organized and well run, and provides a much needed and valuable service to those most vulnerable and in need, children! Volunteering at C2C is so fun and enjoyable, the time flies by - I wish I could volunteer more often, but so many people want to help out there is a wait list! It is so great to see so many different people come together to work for the common good! Great things happening at the C2C Giving Factory! :)

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I learned about Cradles to Crayons through our daughter. Her family (including 3 children under age 8) volunteer at Cradles to Crayons. Twice when we have visited from outside of MA, we volunteered with them. We especially like that Cradles to Crayons tries to provide the essentials that children need at home and out in the community. The focus of Cradles to Crayons is on children in need between the ages of birth and twelve. The items provided to the children in need are clean and in good condition. Cradles to Crayons is a great organization. I wish there were something like it in the community where we live.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with Cradles to Crayons for several years and it is an amazing organization. I have also brought in my kids to volunteer many times as well as my daughter's Girl Scout Troop. Cradles to Crayons is a wonderful place for kids and adults to help children in Massachusetts as well as learn more about the needs and how we can keep helping.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it to more cities.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering with Cradles to Crayons the summer of my sophomore year of high school. Now, I am a junior in college and still volunteering and giving back to this organization. I absolutely 100% back Cradles to Crayon's mission. I believe they are truly one of the best non-profit organizations around. I have been fortunate to be a volunteer,part of the Teen Leadership Team, and also a donor. Whenever I have items to donate, I always bring them to C2C. It's the first place that pops into my head. I am blessed to have had the experience of volunteering many hours in the C2C warehouse. I learn so much every time I visit and volunteer. The staff is wonderful and I can see that everyone genuinely loves what they do!!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

My son and I volunteered for the first time a month ago. It was our first time there and our first time volunteering at all. I didn't know what to expect but it went far beyond whatever I could have imagined. Not only was it inspiring from the moment you stepped in the door, with inspiring phrases on the walls, but throughout the whole process. Every aspect of this experience made you (at least me) feel that I was doing something important for a child. Watching the other volunteers helping, looking at all the clothing and toys being separated and cleaned, watching people shop for specific children, and then at the end rallying us all together to inform us of how many children we helped, really made me feel apart of something bigger than myself. My son enjoyed it as well and wanted to come again. And we did, my husband joining us the seond time. It also touched our hearts when we realized that there were kids who would not get certain items that they needed because there were none donated. This is a wonderul organization, the staff is amazing and I love it from top to bottom! I tell everyone I know about our experience and instagram everytime I go.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our Company Gardner Resources Consulting volunteered at Cradles to Crayons in December 2011 and we enjoyed it so much that we are going back next December 2012. This organization helps many families in the Boston MA area. The staff are friendly and the layout of the building and donated items was very organized. They truly care.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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