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.  

All through the year for example, CADL staff supports the Capital Area Literacy Coalition by donating $1 in exchange for wearing casual attire on Fridays.

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:

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.

Special Collection Projects

Warm Feet for Warriors - CADL Haslett & CADL Okemos

Date: Feb. 1-March 31
Help keep our troops and veterans' toes feeling toasty. The Okemos Teen Advisory Board is collecting donations of new socks in all colors and sizes in its original packaging. Socks will be distributed by Solider's Angels to veterans in VA Hospitals and include in care packages to deploy.