MISSION & HISTORY


Founded in 1997, Crayons to Computers has always been driven to bridge the gap between families in need and education. To date, we have successfully distributed more than $145 million worth of free school supplies via our partnerships with sponsoring companies and organizations, with no stopping in sight. Since our inception, poverty levels—both national and local—have steadily increased. We have not changed our service area or our eligibility criteria, the need is simply growing. In fact, according to recent census data, approximately 1 out of every 5 children living in the Greater Cincinnati area is living in poverty.

Approximately 1 out of every 5 children living in the Greater Cincinnati area is living in poverty.
— US Census data

Through our Teacher Free Store and Mobile Outreach Program we are able to offer a variety of materials that support learning, including basic supplies like books, crayons, paper, scissors, and pencils, as well as enrichment and incentive items that teachers can use to motivate and inspire student engagement. Products are donated or purchased at reduced or wholesale prices from partnering companies.

When students have the necessary tools to achieve, the possibilities are endless. In fact, 78% have an increased interest in learning, 92% have increased class preparedness, and 82% have increased class participation. The numbers speak for themselves!

When people come together to create great things, great things happen. These are the scientists, doctors, and lawyers of tomorrow. So from Crayons to Computers and anything in between, we will be here for the students of today as well as the future.