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March 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 1, 2011

I have been involved with charities for the past 4 years, and I must say C2C is outstanding. Their organization is excellent and they really help volunteers see the direct impact just a few hours of their time can mean to the communities they serve.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

giving coats to children in need during this harsh winter

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

not change a thing

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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

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It made me feel more apart of the Philadelphia community

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

great!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

very friendly and extremely excited about their work. always busy, but more than enough work for everyone to get involved. great organization

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way i feel about my contribution to society

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

better organize the stations

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

Three of my daughters volunteered at Cradles and Crayons. This is a very worthwhile charity and has very enthusiastic leadership.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My children grew in many ways by participating in the volunteer program at Cradles to Crayons.

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

Have more than one time a year in which children filled backpacks in Boston.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

This is a very worthwhile charity and the people who participate get a lot out of helping others.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Positive impact on others

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

very well managed

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

Hi, my name is Grace and my first experience with Cradles to Crayons was with HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth) on an off-site volunteer day. When we arrived at the "Giving Factory" we were greeted and shown around by the other volunteers who worked there regularly. The factory was organized with specific work stations, and many shelves and boxes filled with childen's shoes and books. We were instructed where to begin, which for my group, happened to be the birthday-present wrapping center. Volunteers informed us that when they get in requests for a special birthday present for a boy or girl, they get younger volunteers to decorate the paper, which was then used to wrap gifts. This made me realize just how important it is to make a child feel special and loved on his or her birthday, especially when they already need the basic essentials to grow and learn. I thought this was exceptionally thoughtful of Cradles to Crayons to consider how these memorable days in a child's life should be celebrated. Then, we began working with the order slips, selecting and packing the items a child will actually use. I remember how one of the guys in another group started crying when he was picking out diapers and baby clothes for a family. It was difficult for me to wrap my head around the idea that not only families are living with less than adequate food and clothing, but also that infants - the most vulnerable and easily susceptible to sickness - are presently living with less than they require to grow properly. My experience with Cradles to Crayons opened my eyes to the conditions in which so many are living, and made me reflect on how my involvement could make a difference in someone else's life.
I can't thank Cradles to Crayons enough for the work that they so willingly do. Cradles to Crayons is a pioneer because, they recognize the plight of others and take extraordinary action towards relieving such suffering. Cradles to Crayons is a great organization, and I hope more people take part in their goal of helping needy children.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Recognizing the need of others less fortunate than myself, and learning how I can help to make a difference in someone's life.

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

Encourage volunteers at Cradles to Crayons to spread their experience to friend and family, further promoting the good work they do.

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

I have volunteered at C2C twice in the past few months. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience each time and have referred others to the organization. They are organized, the staff is friendly and the experience is rewarding.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My volunteer work listed above

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

No changes needed

February 25, 2011

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February 25, 2011

I work for a non-profit in Philadelphia and we use C2C as a resource for our clients. They are an amazing staff and their volunteers are very helpful. The items our clients receive are in very good condition and very appreciated. Our staff even volunteered a couple of hours at the Philadelphia site. We are very grateful for their amazing work. Thanks!!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my work

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

give them a bigger budget so they can continue their great work and help many more people

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

My Girl Scout troop volunteered cleaning toys and sorting clothing for families. All of the girls enjoyed the work they did and it inspired them to want to do more service projects. The coordinators explained how they were helping many people in their own community and kept it light and (more importantly) motivational instead of depressing. It was very well organized and the jobs the children did were easy and interesting for them.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

There are more people than ever in our community needing aid that this organization provides. I've suggested it to many people who I knew needed some help. The experience also inspired my girls to do more service projects.

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

Reopen the location near Horsham, PA. Our girls are not able to volunteer time now that it is closed. I would REALLY love to get it back.

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

As a social worker in Philadelphia, C2C was a vital resource to the families that had children who needed clothing and toys. It felt like Christmas each time I would bring a bag of things to a family, and they were so thankful. Unlike other organizations that offer donations and resources to families, C2C allows workers to customize orders to each family, down to the kind of books and toys they like. The items I received for the kids were always right on target. I cannot say enough about them and their value to the families in this area that just need a little help! I also volunteer with them and I feel good seeing the love and care that goes into making each order extra special!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the families that I serve who are in desperate need of clothing, toys, and resources for their children!

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

help them get more known in the community and be able to reach more families and social workers that do not know about the program.

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

volunteered as a service project...so well organized, friendly staff who completely care about the organization's mission. So glad to have them as part of our community

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

haven't....just saw first hand what they do for children

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

more marketing in suburbs

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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. Volunteer