Families and Individuals

Families and Individuals

Cradles to Crayons began as an effort by one individual who was determined to make a difference in the world. Today, the Cradles to Crayons community numbers thousands of youth and adults working together to make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of children each year.

Cradles to Crayons offers families the opportunity to teach their children, age 6 & older, the values of service and philanthropy while volunteering together to help children and families in need.

At the Cradles to Crayons warehouse, your volunteer work could include a range of tasks – from sorting and processing donated children’s items, cleaning and testing toys, inspecting clothing for rips and stains, sorting books by age categories, or matching up outfits for clothing packs, all while keeping in mind our mantra: Quality = Dignity. It’s all fun, hands-on work that directly benefits homeless and low-income children in need in Greater Philadelphia!

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Volunteer opportunities for ages 6 & older:

  • Wednesday – Friday; 10:00am – 12:00pm and/or 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Most Tuesdays from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Select Saturdays; 10:00am – 12:00pm and/or 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Check out our special Family Volunteer Days.

To schedule volunteer opportunities for individuals over 18 please email Beth Ryan, Training and Volunteer Programs Coordinator.

To schedule volunteer opportunities for families please email Courtney Straka, Family Philanthropy Coordinator.


As a way to further engage your children in the volunteer experience, clean out your closets and bring new or gently-used children’s items with you to donate when you visit. Click here for more information about donation guidelines.


Useful volunteer information:


Additional Programs:

  • Family Leadership Circle
    The Family Leadership Circle is Cradles to Crayons’ group of generous and dedicated families who play a critical role in sustaining our mission to provide local children with the essential items they need to thrive. Family Leadership Circle members enjoy special volunteer days, events and more. Click here to learn more.
  • Teen Leaderhip Corps
    Cradles to Crayons’ Teen Leadership Corps (TLC) program offers high school students around the southeastern Pennsylvania region the distinctive opportunity to develop or improve organizational and leadership skills while working to make a difference in the lives of other kids.TLC members are given the chance to develop these skills through a variety of responsibilities which include coordinating their own product drive, leading volunteer groups in the warehouse, and spreading the word about Cradles to Crayons. Click here to learn more.
  • Kids Care Corps
    The Kids Care Corps is designed to engage children, ages 8-12, in a program combining a series of volunteer experiences at the Cradles to Crayons warehouse with an educational curriculum about poverty and the significance of giving back. Click here to learn more.
  • The Giving Corps
    The Giving Corps is series of volunteer leadership programs for teens, college students, and adults. All Giving Corps members have the opportunity to take on leadership roles in our warehouse while learning about the mission and model of Cradles to Crayons. Click here to learn more.

Please Note: Each participating child under the age of 18 will need a completed waiver form, signed by their parent/guardian, or they will not be able to volunteer.  We welcome children age 6 and older to the Giving Factory.  Please feel free to email us or call 215-836-0958 with any questions.

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