ABOUT CRADLES TO CRAYONS:
Cradles to Crayons (C2C) was founded in 2002, with the mission of providing 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. C2C is at the cutting edge of volunteer management and has become the largest volunteer opportunity in the Boston area (where the organization is headquartered) providing unique, hands-on opportunities for people to help other people.
How Our Model Works: Cradles to Crayons collects new and nearly new children's items through grassroots community drives and corporate donations. Donations are then processed and packaged by volunteers, and are distributed to disadvantaged children through a collaborative network of social service agencies and school partners. C2C supplies these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.
Cradles to Crayons meets a critical need as many children 12 years old and younger live in poverty-stricken situations. Their living conditions can have negative effects on their self-esteem as poverty can lead to behavioral, social and emotional problems; their education as half of these children start 1st grade up to 2 years later than their peers; and their safety as they may live in more hazardous environments that can increase the risk of injury.
While meeting the immediate needs of low-income children, Cradles to Crayons also sets a foundation for lasting change by providing meaningful, tangible volunteer opportunities to thousands of individuals and families and hundreds of corporations each year by organizing clothing collections, hosting a fundraiser, or working in The Giving Factory warehouse.
Cradles to Crayons earned the highest possible rating from Charity Navigator for the sixth consecutive year. Only 4% of charities rated have received at least six consecutive 4-star evaluations, differentiating C2C from its peers and indicating that C2C outperforms most other charities in America.
Reporting to the Director of Corporate Relations, the Corporate Relations Associate (CRA) is an experienced development professional who plays a key role to ensure that Cradles to Crayons meets the organization's strategic corporate engagementobjective by building and maintaining corporate partnerships that advance the goals of both Cradles to Crayons and the partnering organization.
The CRA works to maintain, grow, engage and enhance our volunteer and corporate giving base, through superior relationship management. The CRA actively engages, stewards and manages an existing portfolio of 30-50 corporate relationships to maximize potential. CRA works closely with the Corporate Relations Coordinator (CRC) to promote deeper engagement through volunteer service, financial, and product donation support; the three aspects that power the Cradles to Crayons’ mission. The CRA will be well versed in scheduling corporate volunteer groups.
The CRA proactively seeks new corporate partnerships through promising leads, prospect research and contacts and coordinates with Community Engagement and Development teams to manage and leverage relationships with new and existing key corporate groups and individuals.
• Support corporate fundraising efforts for C2C’s Signature Backpack-A-Thon event to reach fundraising goals. Solicit corporate support for C2C’s other signature initiatives and large volunteer groups in the “Giving Factory”.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE / KNOWLEDGE / SKILLS / ABILITIES :
This is a warehouse environment and normal changes in temperature are to be expected while working inside the warehouse or outside, on or around the loading dock. There are no hazardous or significantly unpleasant conditions.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals. However, no accommodations will be made by Cradles to Crayons which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others, or which impose undue hardships on the organization.
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