CADL Cares

As a public service organization, CADL works to improve the lives of people in our communities by creating exceptional library service. Our CADL Cares initiative adds to this service by coordinating special collection events at our branches, and by giving staff members the opportunity to volunteer for local organizations. We have specifically sought partnerships that support education, health, and services for homeless and low-income residents. 

Projects like these are selected and coordinated by a staff committee. If your organization would like to be considered for receiving support from CADL Cares, please contact Jolee Hamlin.

Featured Projects

Fill the Shelves (March 1-31, 2024)

CADL is partnering with Child and Family Charities during Reading Month to fill the shelves at their runaway & homeless youth shelter, Jackson House, with new books for ages 0-25. Check out the Amazon Wishlist for book recommendations, drop books off at any CADL branch March 1-31 or send directly to Child and Family Charities through Amazon.

Fill the Shelves Wishlist

Community Closet

Located in the basement of CADL Downtown Lansing, this closet contains personal care and hygiene items free to anyone in need of them. The closet is open during open hours and is stocked with donations from the community. If you’d like to make a donation please leave your item(s) in the donation bins located at these branches: Downtown Lansing, Foster, and South Lansing.  

​​​​​Food Packs  

CADL has partnered with the Greater Lansing Food Bank to help make food more accessible. Residents can pick up weekly food packs filled with items such as shelf-stable milk, fruit, vegetables, canned meals and more. There are no eligibility requirements. Food packs are available throughout the week at these participating branches during open hours: Downtown Lansing, Foster and South Lansing. Call the branch for current availability. Packs will also be given out during regularly schedule Mobile Library stops.   

Micro Food Pantries 

Residents in need can anonymously pick up food and other essential items at our Micro Food Pantry in Haslett and Okemos. The wooden boxes with shelves and a door are to contain non-perishable and non-expiring food items, as well as other necessities. They also serve as a drop-off point for those who wish to donate items.

Casual with a Cause

Throughout the year CADL staff supports the Capital Area Literacy Coalition with our Casual With a Cause initiative, where each Friday individual CADL employees donate $1 in exchange for wearing casual attire.