CRADLES TO CRAYONS

Rating: 4.87 stars   318 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services

Location: 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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Rating: 5 stars  

My business group spent a day recently volunteering at Cradles to Crayons in Conshohocken, PA. Firstly, we were impressed with the organization and set up of the 'Giving Factory'. The workers were friendly and very helpful. We were allowed to work on various stages of the giving process, from packaging school supplies to sorting and folding clothing, to filling orders for needy children. It was an inspirational and very satisying day. We really felt that Cradles to Crayons did the most good for really deserving families than many other non profits where we have volunteered.

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

seeing really deserving families benefit from this organization.

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

I can't think of a single change. the Giving Factory is a well oiled machine with a heart as its motor.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The company I work for does a collection for Cradles to Crayons in Chesterbrook. I volunteered to go to the Craydles to Crayons location in Concohochken and was very surprised at what I found. The facility was absolutely amazing, I volunteered to unload trucks of donations, how this was all organized truly amazed me. I was in awe of the people who ran this facility, their generosity and thankfulness shown to us was unbelievable. I enjoyed my day there and look forward to going again, I was honestly blown away at how the whole operaton works and the lives that they touch. Just Awesome and Amazing.

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The feeling I walked away with is something that I will carry forever.

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

Have more collection drives, the one in Chesterbrook is once a year, maybe twice a year would be beneficial.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

This is an amazing organization which allows volunteers to have a hands-on experience by helping children in our community who are in need. Thus far, my child & I have done anything from clothing quality checks, cleaning/repairing toys, sorting, or putting together the end 'kit' for an individual child. As a single parent, one reason C2C got my attention aside from the cause, is that children are able to be just as involved in the process. Since I work full time, we can only participate in the evening volunteer nights, but my child asks me every Monday, 'are we going to C2C tomorrow?' with such excitement! And I look forward to our 2n/d & 4th Tuesday evenings just as much! It's a wonderful opportunity not only for families, but social service groups, adult social groups, school organizations & even corporate events! If you work in the area, consider spending your lunch hour volunteering with some coworkers! The staff is welcoming & encouraging. We can't wait until our next volunteer night!

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

I haven't

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

I think the only change I'd make is to have 'evening' volunteer hours more often than the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month. Other than that, I wouldn't change anything.

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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

More evening volunteer opportunities.

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

We meet new people every time, and it also promotes more conversation between my child and I. We are working together toward a common cause...not sitting in front of some form of technology. We treasure our time at C2C

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Blessed, energized, happy & grateful.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering on Young Friend's Night. It's a great experience. They are well organized and always have things for us to do. This is a great way to give back to your community.

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

hearing about how successful their previous years have been.

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

not make any changes. I think they are doing a great job!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My children have learned so much by volunteering at Cradles to Crayons, Philadelphia. We have volunteered as a family, with girl scouts and youth groups. As a social worker, I love that my kids can actively participate in a hands on project where they know other kids will be helped. My 6 year old, gladly goes through her toys and even used some of her birthday money to buy new gifts to donate to C2C.

We like that we know we are helping in our community! Thanks to a great staff who are easy to work with and doing such amazing things for the Greater Philadelphia community.

















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

I have reached out to stay-at-home mom friends who have extra time in the mornings to donate their time

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

Find drop off sites in the Northern Suburbs. Today I brought 18 bags of clothing from Bucks County. I could have brought more but I didn't have anymore room in my car! If they had a drop off site-even if it was once every other month I think it would be beneficial

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?

2011

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I work at a provider agency that regularly orders "Kids Packs", clothes, coats and baby supplies from C2C for our clients in need. Having C2C in our area has made our job of finding clothing for children in need so much easier. We know we can always rely on C2C to provide gently used, fashionable clothing to our clients and they usually throw in some age appropriate toys as well. Our clients love receiving the clothes that are always very much needed. Parents have reduced stress by being able to provide for their children. I can't say enough about how great C2C has been for our community!

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

my clients that have received clothing and toys from C2C.

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

I really believe this is a very well-run agency. I cannot think of a suggestion!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer there on a regular basis. This is an organization that goes above and beyond to help children in need. It is amazing what you can do with gently used and new items and what it can mean to a family that needs a little helping hand.

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

I have met some of the people directly that this organization has helped and from there stories have learned that even though the items they had received may not seem like a whole lot, but to them it was and it made a big difference in their lives and really helped them at a time when they needed it.

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

None

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered this past Martin Luther King Day at the Phila., PA site. It was an amazing experience. The whole process was so thought out and went smoothly. I was able to do this with my 7 year old son which made the concept of helping kids who have less than us more tangible for him. I look forward to volunteering again with my whole family and donating items that my son outgrows to a worthy cause.

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

no i haven't

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

nothing, they do a superb job!

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