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By Crisis Nursery on 3/6/2016 6:36 PM
Throughout the year, Crisis Nursery recognizes some of our wonderful volunteers in our bimonthly Volunteer Spotlight. Congratulations to...   

Marian Gionnette, our Volunteer of the Month for March! 


Marian started volunteering at Crisis Nursery in 2006, and since then has always gone above and beyond what is expected of a volunteer. As a Master Volunteer, she helps new volunteers learn our PIWI-CN philosophy and always maintains a positive attitude no matter the circumstances. Marian is often at the Nursery multiple times a week, coming in to lend her hand whenever things get unusually busy. Marian takes the time to get to know the Nursery staff personally, even occasionally suprising us with chocolate! Marian's commitment and dedication to caring for the children at the Nursery is second to none. Thank you, Marian!


When Marian was nominated as Volunteer of...
By Crisis Nursery on 2/17/2016 2:26 PM
Construction of Crisis Nursery’s expansion is expected to be completed ahead of schedule in late March, despite $285,000 of state funding being frozen indefinitely after years of delays. Two $200,000 grants were award to Crisis Nursery for expansion in 2009 by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), but the first payout wasn’t received until five years later in June 2014. In May 2015, Crisis Nursery announced they had raised $1.15 million of the $1.4 million needed for the building expansion and were on track to meet the April 2016 grant contract deadline. The DCEO grants were to cover 29% of the cost of the building.  

One month later, the Nursery was notified that the grants were suspended until further notice due to the uncertainty of the State’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget. Crisis Nursery’s Board of Directors voted to proceed with the expansion despite...
By Crisis Nursery on 1/12/2016 1:04 PM
It's been one year since the world lost an amazing person, whose laughter and strength could light up a room. Today, and everyday, we remember Zach McNabney - a true friend and loyal advocate for Crisis Nursery.

In rememberance, here is a story from our April 2015 newsletter about Zach's journey with Crisis Nursery:

"On January 12, 2015, Zach McNabney, former board president of Crisis Nursery, passed away. Zach served on Crisis Nursery’s Board of Directors from 2000-2008, was President of the Board from 2005-2007, and continued serving as a community team member on the Special Events Committee and remained a loyal advocate of the Nursery after leaving the Board.

In the last few months of his life, Zach spearheaded an effort among his friends to donate to the Nursery’s “Day at the Nursery” campaign. As a result of his commitment and the love of his friends, Crisis Nursery...
By Crisis Nursery on 11/2/2015 10:06 AM
Throughout the year, Crisis Nursery recognizes some of our wonderful volunteers in our bimonthly Volunteer Spotlight. Congratulations to...

Noah Bindman, our Volunteer of the Month for November! 


Noah began volunteering at Crisis Nursery in the summer of 2009. "After my first year of graduate school in chemistry I knew that something was missing in my life. I really wanted to volunteer somewhere. During high school and college I volunteered in a first grade classroom and was an aide for children with special needs. I knew that I really enjoyed playing/being with children (which makes sense considering I’m still a child at heart), so I looked for a place in town and found Crisis Nursery. Volunteering here has definitely been the most rewarding experience during my time in Champaign-Urbana."

For the past six years, Noah has been an extremely reliable and much appreciated...
By Crisis Nursery on 9/30/2015 3:34 PM
Crisis Nursery’s Beyond Blue support groups fill a need in the lives of mothers in a way that few other things or people can do. The meetings bring together a group of mothers from all walks of life who are in need of non-judgmental support. Sometimes, it is easier to share personal issues with near strangers than with those who are a part of one’s daily life. That is certainly the case for the woman of this group.  Last Monday night got off to a slow start. The mothers trickled in one by one. We started the group session with an art therapy project, and the mothers worked on it quietly until the last mother arrived. During our opening introductions, this mother shared that the reason she came to group that night was that she had to leave the house – she and her partner had just had a fight, and he was currently packing his things to leave their home. While the mother had other supports nearby, she felt the most comfortable sharing and processing this event with her fellow moms in the Beyond Blue Support Group....
By Crisis Nursery on 9/4/2015 1:25 PM

Throughout the year, we recognize some of our wonderful volunteers in our monthly Volunteer Spotlight. Everyone at Crisis Nursery would like to say thank you to Karen Pickard, our Volunteer of the Month for September! She has been volunteering at the Nursery for the past five years, starting in fall of 2010. Nursery staff nominated Karen for her positive attitude and caring spirit. 

When Karen was nominated as Volunteer of the Month, we asked her a few questions so we could get to know her a little better. Introducing... 

By Crisis Nursery on 7/30/2015 2:29 PM
Every week, over 150 volunteers help out around Crisis Nursery. Volunteers assist in numerous ways, from caring for the children at the Nursery alongside staff, to tending the beautiful flowers in our gardens, or even helping out as a board member spreading the Nursery's mission through the community. All that happens at Crisis Nursery every day of the year is possible only with the help of our many outstanding volunteers who selflessly give their time to help the Nursery fulfill its mission of preventing child abuse and neglect in Champaign County. In fiscal year 2015, volunteers provided the Nursery with over 16,000 hours of service. Thank you, volunteers!

We are excited to introduce a new, monthly Volunteer Spotlight to recognize some of our wonderful volunteers. Everyone at Crisis Nursery would like to say thank you to Christina Parks, our Volunteer of the Month for July! She has been volunteering at the Nursery for the past three months and has already made a big impact. Nursery staff nominated Christina...
By Crisis Nursery on 7/24/2015 3:18 PM
One of the greatest ways to see the impact of Crisis Nursery’s Beyond Blue program is through the stories of the mothers who participate. We recently re-connected with Anna, a mom who participated in Beyond Blue a couple of years ago during her second pregnancy and throughout the first year of her son’s life. Her continued success shows the value this program adds to our community. 
By Crisis Nursery on 6/30/2015 2:09 PM
Early this spring, a local counselor reached out to us, asking if we'd be interested in writing a short article about a topic related to Crisis Nursery for her website. Since parental stress is our most common reason for admission, we explored that topic. While this was first published on the counselor's blog, we thought our readers here may be interested in it as well! 

While there is a lot of joy in parenting, all parents know that parenting can also be stressful. It is common for parents to feel overwhelmed, and it is easy to understand how that can happen. In the first years of life, without language, children cannot exactly tell you what they need – and they need a lot! Parenting is a full time commitment, and it can be hard to adjust to it. Also, parents want what’s best for their children, and it can be nerve-wracking to determine what that is, or how to provide it.

While stress is natural, too much of it can have an impact on the relationship between a parent and a child, as well as on the...
By Crisis Nursery on 2/13/2013 2:17 PM
Has the crazy of the holidays slowed down for you yet? If you’re anything like me, your tree is still up and you’re still feeling the pull of the Christmas cookies on your waistband.