Founded in 1997, Crayons to Computers has always been driven to bridge the gap between families in need and education. To date, they have successfully distributed more than $149 million worth of free school supplies. 

The heart of their mission is accomplished through their programs.

Why do teachers need Crayons to Computers’ programs?

Their students arrive empty handed. Their budgets are often limited or nonexistent. Teachers spend hundreds and thousands of dollars out of their pockets to help create a successful learning environment in their classrooms.

Qualifying schools have more than 60% of their student populations on free or reduced-cost lunches. That’s nearly 150,000 students throughout Greater Cincinnati.

With the help of donors, volunteers, and other partnerships, Crayons to Computers is able to make an incredible impact.  

While basic supplies like crayons, pencils, glue, and scissors will always be the core of what they provide, Crayons to Computers has a strong tradition of creating and manufacturing educational tools and resources that can be used in the classroom. All of their programs support their vision of providing underprivileged children with the necessary tools for success in school and beyond.

Crafts with Conviction

Crayons to Computers take pride in collaborating with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) as well as the Ohio Department of Youth Services! Incarcerated men, women, and youth help transform raw materials into products such as flashcards, journals, or book bags! 

Since its creation, Crafts with Conviction has become Crayons to Computers’ #1 partner, accounting for millions of dollars worth of distributed educational materials and resources. 

Keep our Kids Warm!

Imagine it is winter and you are heading out to recess with socks on your hands, or waiting for the bus with no hat or scarf.  It is because of Crayons to Computers incredible volunteer knitters throughout the Greater Cincinnati area that they are able to stock their shelves with these basic winter necessities!

Teachers are able to “shop” for these items from roughly November–January each year, ensuring that they are able to provide these much-needed items to help keep their students warm during winter’s bitter-cold months.

Pre-School and Early Childhood Program

Crayons to Computers recognize the value and crucial importance of early childhood education. This core value led them to create a strategic plan that significantly enhances their efforts to support preschool programs for children ages 3–5 within their 16-county radius.

Their partnership with 4C for Children enables them to better reach early childhood programs and family/home-care providers committed to improving their quality ratings in both Ohio and Northern Kentucky.