Our Impact

Poverty in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is home to world-renowned educational resources, businesses and industries, arts and cultural institutions, and wealth. It is also a place with stark divides in income: the Commonwealth ranks third among all 50 states for inequality, measured by the disparity between the top 20% and bottom 20% of earners (Center for American Progress, 2016).

Despite a strongly rebounding regional economy, 1 in 3 children in Massachusetts is at risk of experiencing Clothing Insecurity. In Massachusetts Public Schools, 21,000 students experience homelessness during the school year. There are no government programs dedicated to ensuring that children have such basics as clothing or hygiene products. Since 2002, Cradles to Crayons has stepped up to fill this need in Greater Boston and throughout Massachusetts. Learn more about the children and families we help >

Who We Serve

Our Stories

A look at some of the lives we touch. In the words of Service Partners and families.

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Awards and Recognition

Recognition received in the course of our work. Humbly accepted and truly appreciated.

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We Serve Over

A board at the giving factory that reads in magnet letters, "helping makes me happy".

Our Recognition

Since our founding, the Cradles to Crayons vision has been to create a future where childhood poverty no longer exists. To help make this a reality, we’ve adopted a mission to connect communities that have with communities that need. Every day, we provide children from birth through age 12 with the essentials they need to thrive — at home, school and play. Thanks to our amazing network of volunteers, families, corporate donors and service partners.

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