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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. 
By Crisis Nursery on 12/4/2012 12:58 PM
The continued success of the Children's Holiday Shop depends on nearly 400 dedicated community volunteers. This year, we welcomed collegiate and high school athletes, student councils, civic clubs, community members, full families and even those who used to shop at the store as children.
By Crisis Nursery on 11/21/2012 12:49 PM
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that there is more to Thanksgiving than mashed potatoes and football (the members of my family are probably reading this and shaking their heads right now!)  With the hustle of the holidays upon us already, it’s a great time to pause and reflect on how we’ve been blessed in our own lives, in ways big and small.
By Crisis Nursery on 11/8/2012 12:03 PM

Like many Crisis Nursery volunteers, the allure of rocking babies and playing with toddlers is what led Peggy Gates-Wieneke to the Nursery. But now, almost 20 years later, it’s apparent that her experience working with the organization has turned into much more.