Help Prep Backpacks at Wintrust Arena with Cradles to Crayons!

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ORGANIZATION: Cradles to Crayons

On Wednesday, July 31 we will be hosting our Backpack-a-thon event at Wintrust Arena where we will pack about 30,000 backpacks to go out to Chicagoland children!

To prepare for the event, we will need help setting up the tables and supplies on Monday, July 29 and Tuesday, July 30. This opportunity is to help setting up the tables and supplies on Monday, July 29 and Tuesday, July 30, not to actually pack any backpacks. Volunteers will assist with setting up tables, unboxing school supplies, breaking down boxes, and more.

This volunteer opportunity involves physical labor, standing, and optional lifting heavy boxes. Volunteers must be 16 years or older for this opportunity.

We will contact you with more information if you submit interest through VolunteerMatch. Your shift is not confirmed until you receive an email from Cradles to Crayons staff.

3 Shifts

  • Mon Jul 29, 2024 - 12:30 PM to 03:30 PM CST - Spots available: 10+
  • Tue Jul 30, 2024 - 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM CST - Spots available: 10+
  • Tue Jul 30, 2024 - 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM CST - Spots available: 10+
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About Cradles to Crayons


2500 W Bradley Place, Chicago, IL 60618, US

Mission Statement

Cradles to Crayons (C2C), founded in 2002, 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, and at play. We supply clothing, shoes, diapers, school supplies, and more, free of charge. Our vision is that one day all children will have the essentials they need to thrive.


Two in 5 kids in the United States are currently facing Clothing Insecurity, going without basic essentials like pants, shoes, diapers, and school supplies during their critical development years. Three of the top 10 reasons kids miss school are rooted in Clothing Insecurity-just one example of the significant short- and long-term social and economic costs when these needs go unmet. Cradles to Crayons keeps Clothing Insecurity at the core of our mission and is the only large-scale nonprofit organization to focus on this resource gap. Since its founding, Cradles to Crayons has distributed more than three million customized packages of essentials to children in Massachusetts, Greater Philadelphia, Chicagoland, and nationally, through Giving Factory Direct-a first-in-kind online product donation platform launched in 2021.

Volunteers help to quality check, sort, and organize donations of essential items - such as clothing, shoes, books, school supplies, winter accessories, hygiene items, and more. We welcome volunteers as young as 5 years old with a parent/guardian to volunteer.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy


Mon Jul 29, 2024 - Tue Jul 30, 2024
12:30 PM - 03:30 PM
This opportunity has 3 shifts


200 East Cermak RoadChicago, IL 60616






  • Must be at least 16
  • standing, lifting, moving boxes

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