Giving Factory @ Home

Stay safe while helping children in need

Now more than ever, the COVID-19 crisis continues to highlight the need for our services in providing essential items for families in homeless and low-income situations. For those who are more comfortable volunteering at home, but still want to help us meet the critical needs of the families we serve, we have created a new opportunity to bring our volunteer experience to you remotely: Giving Factory @ Home!

Through Giving Factory @ Home, Cradles to Crayons offers activities for you and your family to continue supporting our mission in the comfort of your own home. This program provides activities that replicate volunteer stations we would normally facilitate in the warehouse.

Volunteers can now pick up packages of gently used items from The Giving Factory in Chicago (4141 West George Street) and return the sorted and quality checked items to our warehouse one week later. Please note that all gently used items provided have been quarantined for at least 72 hours, and you can find our additional safety guidelines on our website.

To participate in this remote opportunity, please contact volunteerchicago@cradlestocrayons.org and our staff will help provide all the items, supplies, and instructions necessary for you to get started.

When you volunteer with us in-person or remotely, you join thousands of other service-oriented individuals who have already made a significant impact in our community. We thank you for your commitment, and hope you stay involved!

SIGN UP NOW: volunteerchicago@cradlestocrayons.org 

Can’t pick up from The Giving Factory? Try these at-home engagement activities!

Below you will find engagement activities you can do at home and completed at any time. If you are ready to get started email us at communitychicago@cradlestocrayons.org!

Please bring donations to one of our drop-off locations across the city and suburbs: The Giving Factory, Buffalo Grove, Naperville, Highwood, and the South Side YMCA.

More than ever, we look to our community to help execute our mission. Don’t forget to help spread the word by posting your efforts on social media with #c2cchicago!


Critically-Needed Items:

Winter coats (sizes newborn to adult medium)
Winter boots (sizes 5 infant/toddler to adult 10)
Winter accessories (infant through young adult)
New diapers

*For a list of alternative places to donate items that we do not accept, please click here.