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Mar 6

Written by: Crisis Nursery
3/6/2016 6:36 PM  RssIcon

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 the Month, we asked her a few questions so we could get to know him a little better. Here's what Marian had to say:

Why did you decide to volunteer at Crisis Nursery?
Some eleven years ago, our youngest child left for college, my husband transferred to Champaign from Minnesota, and consequently I had to quit my teaching job to relocate. I decided to look for volunteer work as a way to get involved in the community, and I knew it had to involve children. Crisis Nursery was recommended to me several times, so I signed up. My "empty nest" became full again with all the little ones to play with here.

How long have you been volunteering here?
I've been here 10 years and have worked with some of the best people over those years - bright, articulate, and very professional young women who became almost like my own daughters. The staff is amazing!

What is the best vacation you have ever been on?
We've been to Italy three times and enjoy the culture, history, art, and food of that country. But our favorite vacations have been when we rented a big house on the beach in San Diego and had all our children, their spouses, and the grandkids join us. We do that every few years.
Do you have any pets? 
I've had dogs all my life. Our current pup is a sweet little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Zack.
What is one food you cannot live without? 
Anything my husband makes. He's a great cook (he's Italian, of course!).
What is your favorite TV show? 
I have no particular favorites, but being a big of a night owl I enjoy watching re-runs of old sitcoms on late-night TV. They help me relax and unwind after a busy day at Crisis Nursery!