I have volunteered with this organization for six years. I was first drawn to the Crisis Nursery because of its mission: to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing temporary shelter for children whose families are in crisis. (Preventing child abuse "breaks the cycle" of abuse, since children who are not abused are less likely to become abusers themselves.) I like the fact that the Nursery, now in its 26th year, uses funds effectively and efficiently, staffing five locations 24/7, 365 days/yr, serving the entire St. Louis and St. Charles County areas. The staff helps families resolve crises and keep families together. I have met young mothers in the community who, when they find out that I volunteer with the Crisis Nursery, tell me they are grateful for the support of the Nursery when they needed help. These women are now employed, some attending school, and successfully caring for their children. They are also "paying it forward", trying to help others. When I first became a volunteer with the Crisis Nursery, a staff member related a story to me that really demonstrated the effect that the Nursery has on the lives of children in our community. During introductions at one of the new volunteer orientation meetings, a young woman (a new volunteer) told the group that, at a young age, she had been a "child in the Nursery". As the Volunteer Coordinator gave the group a tour of the Nursery, the young woman looked around and observed, "it looks different, but it feels the same." This is just one example of how the Crisis Nursery impacts and changes lives, not just today, but for future generations of parents. For more information, of if you would like to volunteer, please visit our website at crisisnurserykids.org.