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'We were new in town and had no family here. It was a blessing to have Crisis Nursery when we needed it.' - a single mother

Crisis Nursery creates an "Island of Safety" dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect by providing
24-hour emergency care for children and support to strengthen families in crisis.

Crisis Nursery is the only emergency-based child care facility open 24 hours, 365 days a year for the entire community to access with no fees or income eligibility. Besides safe shelter for children, ages birth through six, we also provide family support and parenting education to strengthen parent skills and confidence. We believe that asking for help is a sign of strength. In fiscal year 2015, our Safe Children program provided 29,982 hours of crisis care and served 886 children, while our Strong Families program provided 65 parent-child interaction groups, 79 support groups, 22 nurturing parenting education classes, and conducted 985 home visits.  

How to volunteer for Crisis Nursery

Crisis Nursery volunteers work together with Nursery staff to care for children, as well as assist with other various projects and house needs.  Below are some examples of volunteer needs:

  • Assisting staff at Crisis Nursery by working directly with children in crisis
  • Planting bulbs, flowers, grasses and vegetables in our many gardens
  • Selling concessions at University of Illinois football games
  • Folding newsletters and stuffing invitations
  • Assisting shoppers at the annual Holiday Shop
  • Serving as a Board Member or a community team member
  • Participating in cleaning projects
  • Organizing fundraisers for the Nursery
  • Sharing the Nursery's mission with others

Interested in volunteering at the Nursery?  Please complete our volunteer application.