MCHD Visit Nursery

Little girl standing next to a wall being measured by two adults for height. Making a mark on the wall (butcher paper taped to the wall) just above the top of her head.

TVCRN really values its community partnerships. Among those partners is the Malheur County Health Department. At monthly home visitor meetings, we exchange information that will help our shared clients reach their goals. The Nursery refers clients to the health department’s Women-Infants-and-Children (WIC) program. And, every other month, MCHD staff visit TVCRN to weigh and measure children enrolled in our therapeutic early childhood program to ensure all are thriving. Here, nurse Susan Way and Public Health Preparedness Coordinator Dave Fenstemacher check the height of one of the Nursery’s cute kiddos.

VFW Recognizes TVCRN

Two VFW members with Kathie in the middle holding a certificate.Harvey Hatfield, Jr., Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5452 (left) and VFW member Frank Griffith (right), presented Treasure Valley Children’s Relief Nursery, represented by executive director Kathie Collins (center) a certificate of recognition for flying the American flag daily. The gentlemen plan to return at a later date to present certificates of achievement to children enrolled in the Nursery who memorize the Pledge of Allegiance.

Our Giving Trees

Christmas tree highlighting paper ornaments noting donation suggestions.During the Season of Giving, we invite friends of the Relief Nursery to choose an ornament from one of the Giving Trees currently up in our community.

Thank you to these community-minded businesses who support our efforts to keep children safe and strengthen families, and thank you to all who took the time to take an ornament and make a donation.

Our community rocks!

Washington Federal Foundation Supports Family Connection

Mark Oester, and Rachel Bell are here presenting a check for $500 to Kathie Collins.Washington Federal Foundation awarded a grant to Treasure Valley Children’s Relief Nursery for its Family Connection events this year. Mark Oester, manager, and Rachel Bell (left), personal banker, of Washington Federal’s Ontario branch, are here presenting a check for $500 to Kathie Collins, TVCRN’s executive director. The funds will be used for expenses related to monthly gatherings which are a time for parents to learn information about a specific topic related to the health, safety, or wellbeing of their children, such as “Preparing Nutritional Meals on a Budget,” “Halloween Safety,” or “the Importance of Reading to Children.” Sometimes, these events are an opportunity for positive parent-child interactions, such as the “Olympics” in the summer, where a variety of games are played while the importance of regular physical activity is encouraged.


Stuff the Bus

TVCRN held its second Stuff the Bus event at Bi-Mart Dec. 9, braving below-freezing temperatures for two-and-a-half hours. Community members who braved the cold donated $99 in cash and $475 worth of supplies for the Relief Nursery’s therapeutic classroom.

Seven Community members and Kathie Collings pictures in front of the TVCRN's bus.

Teens from the newly formed Treasure Valley Youth Development program posed with their leader, Eddie Melendrez, TVCRN’s executive director Kathie Collins, and TVCRN volunteer Jaelen Grove. The youth collected returnable bottles and cans recently so they could purchase and donate $40 worth of goods.


TVCRN's staff standing behind items donated including paper plates, paper cups, tissues, cleaning products, and hand sanitizers.


Grateful staff members Tessa Weisgerber, Kimberly Looney, Cindy Lucht, and Shelley York showed some of the many items donated.


Lamb Foundation Grant / Al Hicks Memorial Playground

November 22, 2017

Lamb Foundation contributes $10,500
to Al Hicks Playground at Relief Nursery

ONTARIO – During this season of giving, Treasure Valley Children’s Relief Nursery is especially thankful for all of our friends and neighbors who opened their hearts and wallets so our children could have a functioning playground.

Local residents and businesses pitched in time, supplies and money to turn a dream into reality, and now the Al Hicks Memorial Playground is in use.

Along with generous local donations, the Lamb Foundation contributed $10,500 to the playground, which includes newly-planted grass, a child-sized picnic table, a paved tricycle path with lane markers and traffic safety signs, a balance beam and more.

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Support for the 2017 TVCRN Children’s Boutique & Baby Quilt Show

Nearly everyone says they are concerned about child abuse, but each year between 50 and 100 quilters, crafters, and artisans put their time and energy into prevention by supporting TVCRN’s annual Children’s Boutique & Baby Quilt Show. Although mostly local, donated quilts have come from as far as Washington State and Colorado. The donated quilts join blankets, bibs, burp cloths, booties, gift bags, children’s aprons, and more to be sold to raise money for Relief Nursery operations. A quilt not sold may be raffled off during the year, while other items that do not sell are taken to the House That Art Built on Southwest Fourth Avenue in Ontario. This generous business sells items for the Nursery year-round without charging a consignment fee.

Our special thanks to Sandy Wyngaard of Mountain Home for donating a full-size quilt with 21 fat quarters given to her by the fabric company “Timeless Treasures.” This quilt was our raffle quilt, bringing in $225. A volunteer from the Ontario High School’s National Honor Society drew Amanda Gill as the lucky winner. We can’t thank Sandy enough for giving so generously of her time and talent to help us help at-risk toddlers and preschoolers stay safe.

We also must thank Vanessa Christenson for again serving as Silent Auction coordinator. We had nearly 80 items this year! And, our thanks to Mackey’s Steakhouse & Irish Pub for donating food.