Volunteer at The Giving Factory

 At Cradles to Crayons, we believe that one day every child will have the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued.

As a volunteer at C2C, together we fulfill this vision and can make sure Chicagoland’s most under-served kids have everything they need to thrive—at home, at school, and at play.

Our volunteers—both adults and children—power our mission. When you volunteer with us, you join thousands of service-oriented individuals who have already made a significant impact in our community.

Host a Drive: We ask all our volunteer groups to host a product collection prior to their visit. There is no minimum requirement, and we appreciate any and all items that follow our donation guidelines. If you are able to help us fuel the fight against clothing insecurity please indicate so in the accommodations section of the form. Please review the items we accept here. 

Interested in bringing the volunteer experience of The Giving Factory to your work place? Let us know in the ‘Accommodations’ section. With Giving Factory @ Work, we can have your company’s employees volunteer at your building.

We cannot wait to host you at The Giving Factory!



Before You Volunteer

As a volunteer at the Giving Factory, you will help us inspect and sort donations for quality to distribute to the children we serve.

Please review our safety guidelines before you volunteer: 

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Our Most-Needed Items

As a way to further engage in the volunteer experience, we appreciate any and all children’s items you can bring to your volunteer visit.

Please check our current “most-needed items” list: 

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Join the Giving Corps

Programs for Teen Leadership, College Corps, and Champion Volunteers are geared toward individuals who want to promote change in their community.
Join the Giving Corps to become a committed volunteer:

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Become a Committed Donor

Our Family Leadership Circle is a group of supporters who play a crucial role in sustaining Cradles to Crayons’ mission. Through annual support, committed donors help us alleviate the effects of childhood poverty and serve thousands of children in the community.

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[Chi] General Volunteering Inquiry Form

Cradles to Crayons is committed to diversity and inclusion. If you, or someone in your group has special needs or accommodations, please contact volunteerchicago@cradlestocrayons.org  before filling out this form

Select if you are coming with your family, by yourself, or with a small group. This helps us make sure that the right person handles your request.

We use this information to help ensure we are always collecting the right information based on age. We do not share this information with anyone.