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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Family Services, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Thrift Shops

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.

Community Stories

242 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Cathy42

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cradles to crayons is an amazing organization. My family was looking for a place we could all volunteer together, and C2C has opportunities for even the youngest helpers. Their donation process is very efficient, and their staff is warm extremely engaged. We have had only wonderful experiences at the giving factory!!

Carlos7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with cradles to crayons. C2C makes a tangible difference in the community, and it provides volunteers like myself a way to roll up our sleeves and not merely donate money or advise. Whether sorting through clothing, book, toys, to putting together clothing outfits and "kid packs" containing items to help low-income children thrive, you truly feel like you are making a big difference!

Ruth21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cradles to Crayons excites me in the way they involve the community to donate new and gently used children's clothes and supplies, rally volunteers to sort and pack them, and get them directly to those children who are most in need through social service agencies. Their mission to make every child feel cared for and supply the materials they need to succeed in school is dear to my heart. I have funneled supplies to donation sites for several years but recently had the opportunity to volunteer a shift at the Brighton Giving Factory. It was motivating to hear about the work they do beforehand, and learn how many children our two hour shift served. They are so well organized and made it so much fun the time flew by. I can't wait to do it again, and bring my friends!

Eleanor H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cradles to Crayons is a wonderful non-profit that does so much for needy kids. They make it a fun experience but also point out the ways that are are making a difference for kids. They distribute KidPacks to thousands of kids across the state of Massachusetts who are in need of clothes, books, toys, and more. I got to intern there in the summer of 2012 and it was a wonderful experience. Everyone at C2C is dedicated to the mission and they make it a wonderful place to volunteer!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've only had positive experiences with Cradles to Crayons. Everyone is enthusiastic, helpful, and happy. They are an organized, thorough, and wonderful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Cradles to Crayons is such a meaningful and rewarding experience. Well organized, fun, and extremely efficient use of time...you leave feeling like you truly made a difference, and that your services and time were highly valued. Having volunteered for a number of years and as a former coordinator of service projects at a variety of nonprofit organizations, I can easily say that C2C is the best place I have had the privilege to volunteer. Additionally, it is an excellent place to bring children (over 5) to expose them to the importance of serving others...it's fun for them AND worthwhile. Can't say enough good things about this organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with the wonderful people at this charity has been an amazing experience. The daily staff keep the momentum continuous and in a positive and constructive direction. As a former guidance counselor during my younger years I know that the cause presents a number of needs on an ongoing basis. Now that I am a parent I also see how much is involved in parenthood and the needs of families. It was only in the last few years that I have had the opportunity to volunteer with this charity. Having been an act volunteer with many different well supported charities I am overly impressed with the productivity of this group!

Mike C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar