Each year, BSSC partners with a local non-profit that assists in improving the lives of children in the Greater Boston area. This year, we’ve partnered with Cradles to Crayons, and we asked C2C staffer Jill Eid to write a guest blog post to introduce themselves to the BSSC community and shed some light on the great work they do there!
More than 305,000 children from newborn to age 12 are living in poverty stricken households in Massachusetts; each year, an estimated 100,000 Massachusetts children will experience the desperation of homelessness. Families are constantly forced to choose between necessities such as paying rent or buying a winter coat for their kids, buying groceries or purchasing notebooks for their child to take to school.
Though these are some heavy numbers and hard statistics, Cradles to Crayons is just one of the hundreds of non-profits in Massachusetts addressing the needs of our community. And what exactly does this have to do with skiing, snowboarding, soccer, or softball? Because in 2013, Cradles to Crayons is proud to be BSSC’s community partner!
What does it mean to be a community partner? It means that a portion of every BSSC membership fee will go towards supporting the children we serve.
So what do we do? Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school or at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.
How does it all work? Our process begins with collections of children’s items, held in neighborhood and corporate communities. Items collected are dropped off at the “Giving Factory” warehouse, where volunteers sort and inspect donations for only new or like-new items. Quality donations are packaged into personalized “KidPacks,” filled with clothing for a week, a coat, shoes, books, arts and crafts, and often birthday presents.
Where do KidPacks go? KidPacks are picked up and brought directly to children across MA, free of charge, through a registered network of social service partners.
How many kids do you help? In 2013, Cradles to Crayons anticipates providing more than 60,000 packages to children and engaging 30,000 volunteers.
How to get involved: You may be thinking, “I don’t have kid’s stuff to give away”, “I don’t know anyone with kids”. The good thing is, there are a number of ways you can still be involved.
1. Donate your time– BSSC’s members are just the kind of volunteers we love: individuals that are dedicated and passionate. We are always looking for volunteers to spend a few hours sorting and inspecting donations in our Giving Factory warehouse. It’s a ton of fun, and you truly are making an impact on the lives of children in your own community.
2. Donate your voice– the best way to tackle the issue of childhood poverty in MA is by spreading the word. Tell your neighbor, mom, dad, brother, sister, cube-mate, or pals- the list is endless. Tell them there are tangible ways to make a difference in their community and get them involved with us!
3. Donate your dollars –in order to keep serving kids, we need your support! Any amount helps and is greatly appreciated.
We hope through our partnership with the BSSC your love for skiing, travel, outdoor adventures, basketball, or whatever it may be, will grow to include a love of giving back to your community. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about getting involved in Cradles to Crayons please don’t hesitate to reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look for Cradles to Crayons staffers and donation bins at upcoming BSSC events throughout the year and visit www.cradlestocrayons.org for more information on this great organization and how you can get involved in upcoming volunteer opportunities!