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Cause of the Week: Nonprofit Helps Children of the Recession

Cradles to Crayons’ vision is that, one day, all children will have the basic things they need to feel safe, valued, and ready to learn.

Founded in 2002, Cradles to Crayons (C2C) is an innovative Quincy, MA-based nonprofit organization that equips homeless and in-need children with the basic essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn and valued. While meeting the immediate needs of low-income children, C2C also sets a foundation for lasting change by providing meaningful, tangible volunteer opportunities to thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations each year.

Charity Navigator, an independent group that rates charities on both their organization capacity and efficiency, recently awarded Cradles to Crayons a four-star rating, their highest ranking.

Sarah Basch, of C2C, tells us, “Cradles to Crayons has a special mission, and meets a critical need. There are more than 305,000 children in Massachusetts living in low-income situations. On any given night, over 1,200 families will be staying in publicly funded family shelters in Massachusetts.

“But statistics don’t get to the heart of what we do. We help kids in need: kids who don’t have shoes that fit, or a coat warm enough to fend off winter winds, or a backpack to take their books to and from school. When young kids don’t get access to these basics, they have a hard time learning. They have a hard time feeling loved, protected, and valued. Cradles to Crayons is helping to change that.”

How You Can Help

  • Donate funds
  • Volunteer at the Giving Factory if you live near Boston
  • Donate goods – Donations of children’s goods are what make the Giving Factory possible. Donations are needed of new and gently used clothing, books, toys, baby items, and school supplies for kids up to 12.

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Cause of the Week: Nonprofit Helps Children of the Recession originally appeared on About.com Nonprofit Charitable Orgs on Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 at 13:33:47.

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