Want to Really Make a Difference?

Here’s Everything You Need — and Need to Know


Lend Us a Helping Hand

Get involved as a volunteer at Cradles to Crayons. Whether you help out in The Giving Factory in your region, or participate in other ways, you’ll become part of the spirit and energy that enables us to serve so many.


Discover the Joy of Serving Others

Our valued volunteers are the heart and soul of our mission at Cradles to Crayons®. There are so many opportunities for you to help — in ways that fit your skills, your lifestyle, and the time you have to give.

We work with thousands of families, individuals, community groups, and companies to serve more than 100,000 children in Chicagoland annually. Our volunteers sort and inspect the donated items we receive and then package them for delivery to the children who need them. Volunteers are critical to our work, both in The Giving Factory and at community-based events. We invite you to join our team!

Volunteer With Your Company

Maximize the effect of your charitable efforts, while minimizing planning and logistics. Finding employees who are willing and able to volunteer is easy. Often, the difficult part is finding a charitable organization that aligns with your CSR goals, with the capacity and know-how to run your event.

The Giving Factory at Cradles to Crayons, which accommodates groups of 80 employees or more, is especially suited for corporate volunteering and team-building programs. The result is a meaningful, productive, and fun employee experience — for a cause that even the most varied corporate groups can relate to.

Interested in bringing the volunteer experience of The Giving Factory to your work place? With Giving Factory @ Work, we can have your company’s employees volunteer at your building or pick-up materials from our warehouse to volunteer at home.

Inquire about your next company visit >

Volunteer With Your Family

Our Giving Factory in Chicago is one of the few places where entire families can volunteer side-by-side making lasting family memories as they help make a real difference in the lives of others. When people inquire about volunteering at Cradles to Crayons, they’re amazed at how widely our services are needed. When they come here to help, they’re also amazed to actually be filling orders for specific children, and to know exactly how many children and families they helped that day. At Cradles to Crayons, the feeling of fulfillment you get from helping your neighbors makes volunteering even more personal.

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Join The Giving Corps

Teen Leadership Corps (TLC)

TLC is a fun way for middle and high school students to get further involved in community service with Cradles to Crayons. The Teen Leadership Corps Program Calendar has three sessions per year. Each session is three months long.

 Learn more about the TLC >

Champion Corps

This program is a way for adults to consistently participate at Cradles to Crayons, while fitting it into their own schedules. Champion Volunteer Leaders help lead volunteers at various processing stations throughout the warehouse.

Learn more about our Champion Corps >