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Books from Brek Helps Spread Joy of Reading to Champaign-Urbana Children

Brek Neiswender was a kiddo who loved books—the language, the pictures, and the stories. In March 2016, Brek’s family created Books from Brek. In his loving memory, their mission is to spread the joy of reading, literacy development and preschool readiness by distributing new and gently used books to at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children …

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Lead Children’s Specialist Expresses Enthusiasm Through Artwork

Staff and visitors who take a few steps inside of the Nursery’s front doors will see colorful drawings of children hanging up on the wall. The works of art were completed by Najha Fielder, a Crisis Nursery Lead Children’s Specialist. She was born in Okinawa, Japan, but spent most of her childhood days growing up …

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Joe’s Brewery

Joe’s Brewery, founded in 1991, is a much-loved family-owned bar, popular among students, visitors and Champaign-Urbana residents. The company has 135 employees—cooks, servers, bartenders and security—most of which are University of Illinois students. The business is located at 706 S. 5th St. in Champaign. Joe’s is a Champion level sponsor of Crisis Nursery in Urbana! …

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Meet This Year’s Annual Sponsors

Crisis Nursery would like to introduce and graciously thank our Annual Sponsors! These organizations and the people behind them help make the Nursery’s events successful each year, allowing us to provide hope and support to the children and families who need us most. Applied Pavement Technology, Inc. is a full-service pavement engineering consulting firm, which …

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The show must go on(line)! Learn how the Crisis Nursery team shifted annual events to virtual experiences

Hosting a fundraising event can be stressful, especially when it’s the Nursery’s biggest event of the year. The 27th Annual Dinner & Auction was originally scheduled for June 5 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center. Due to social distancing mandates to regulate COVID-19, the Nursery is pivoting. This year’s Dinner & Auction will be virtual. …

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5 Ways to Recruit Volunteers for Non-Profits and Organizations

Recruiting volunteers can be challenging—especially during a world-wide pandemic. As a staff member at a non-profit or a current volunteer at an organization, you might have asked yourself, “How can I recruit more people to volunteer their time to my organization or group?” Crisis Nursery staff have been brainstorming new, creative ways to deliver our …

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Volunteers are Vital: Learn About Volunteer Roles and How They Help at the Nursery

Volunteers at the Nursery help keep our “Island of Safety” functioning in so many ways imaginable to keep our doors open to those who need us most. Volunteers are the reason we are able to say “YES” to more families each day to provide not only just crisis care, but high-quality crisis care to families …

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Showing Gratitude for Volunteers during Volunteer Appreciation Week and Year-Round

It’s Volunteer Appreciation Week at Crisis Nursery, and we want to say “THANK YOU” to all of those who have dedicated time volunteering at Crisis Nursery –  whether it’s caring for children directly, keeping the lawn in pristine condition, providing maintenance checks at the facility , serving on the board or lending a hand during …

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