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February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

I organized a visit for my daughters' girl scout troop to volunteer at Cradles to Crayons last year. The girls sorted clothes and cleaned and sorted toys. They all were excited about what they were doing and unanimously said they felt that they had helped other kids like themselves directly by doing the work themselves, making the packages that would actually go to the recipients. It was a wonderful experience for the girls to have a hands on experience. Cradles to Crayons made volunteering meaningful and instilled in the girls a feeling for community service as well as a feeling of having the power and the responsibility to help others.

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I saw a dozen 10-yea-old girls get excited about helping others.

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I'm sorry they moved further from our community. But the community outreach ideas should reach more people and i look forward to hearing of an event in our area.

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

I have been volunteering at C2C Philadelphia for 6 months. I was going every other week but enjoy it so much I now go weekly when ever possilbe. The staff and other volunteers are really nice and I feel like I am really ehlping those less fortunate.

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give better orientations to younger vounteers and the people in charge ot them.

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

I've been a volunteer for various non-profits for about 25 years. I know what makes an organization sustainable and I believe Cradles to Crayons has what it takes.

The employees at C2C are extremely friendly and helpful. The directions for helping are simple and clear (a lot of thought
has gone into creating and stocking each station). My favorite part, however, is that families can volunteer together and the kids can play an active role, which means it's like Kids for Kids (K4K)!

I'm so thankful to the person who introduced my family to C2C! Keep up the great work!

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Seeing a friend's children helped.

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It's a little difficult to find/park at the location.

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

This is an impressive organization!

My first experience with C2C was through our school, the Shipley School, where I participated in a number of clothing & equipment drives. During that time heard so many positive things about C2C that when I had additional items to donate I decided to
visit the drop location myself. The building was clean and well-organized. I was greeted by friendly and dedicated volunteers who helped me unload my car and gave me a tour of the facility. I could see so clearly how their system worked -- items would be collected, sorted and eventually allocated to those who were most in need of them.

During my tour, a group of people from a law firm were volunteering their time that day. They looked to be enjoying themselves and getting a lot accomplished. I plan to take my girls to the facility to volunteer in the future.

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February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

Our company chooses several charities a year and encourages employees to choose from the list of organized events. 2010 was the 2nd year that Cradles to Crayons was on the list. All of the volunteers had a very rewarding experience in 2009 (small number of people) and raved about it so much that in 2010 we had 48 people attend the one event; much more than the other events. This is due to the fact that the charity is well run, helps local people and understands how to keep all of the volunteers busy and motivated. We will continue to support Cradles to Crayons in 2011 and beyond.

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Yes I have - see above

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February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

This is a terrific organization that helps the needs of so many. My students at J.R. Masterman have done clothing fundraisers for them over the years as they reach out to families in need right in our community. We are lucky to have such a group.

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It helped my students grow and become more aware of the needs of the people around them.

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February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

I volunteered through my work and found the experience very rewarding. Cradles to Crayons Inc. does their best to fulfill all their requests from the parents, organizations and kids. I would definately volunteer there again.

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volunteering for the day

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give them more space. which I think they got because they moved location shortly after I volunteered

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

Cradles to Crayons is a well run organziation that fills a true void in the non-profit world. The organization is very effective and efficient. I suggested my neighbor's daughter have her birthday party there as she was looking for a positive world experience rather than more "stuff." The girls were taught a bit about the C2C mission so that they would understand how their efforts contributed, and then kept busy with meaningful work. They had a great time AND felt like the really did something to benefit others. I also think the program targeted at high school kids over the summer is an excellent idea, teaching kids to care for others and learn to give back, as well as the benefits of volunteering.

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Interactions with Corporate organizations - very educaitonal and professional. Interactions with individual volunteers - very welcoming and encouraging.

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Change the dates / times they will accept donations to that it is more convenient for folks that do work to make donations. Have volunteer event between Christmas and New Year's, or other holidays when kids are off from school so that they can participate in volunteer efforts.

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Was your donation impactful?

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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

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Need for so many organizations to have acccess to children's items on demand, as they do not have place to store for when needed - so obvious and yet I had not thought about this issue.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

A well run organization that I know will benefit so many.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Incredibly useful and well run.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

Cradles to Crayons is wonderful and very well run organization. My company chose to volunteer our time with them in December 2010 and it was a great experience. The staff was friendly and helpful, and my colleagues enjoyed being able to see the process from start to finish. We organized toys, sorted through clothing and created packages for kids in need. It was on overall amazing experience and we are looking forward to volunteering with them again.

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February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

This is a well run and organized group. The Brownie Girl Scout Troop that I lead was able to assist in creating craft kits for kids in need. They felt that they really contributed and it was fun for them to do.

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This organization allowed us to feel like we made a difference.

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Nothing - it was a positive experience

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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