Eat Pizza for Good

This May, eat at Pie-ology's NE Portland shop and they'll donate 20% of your purchase to My Little Waiting Room. How cool is that? Thanks Pie-ology!

My Little Waiting Room Milestone

Just in time for Mother's Day, My Little Waiting Room has reached a big milestone: 28,000 child visits served and counting!

Thanks to our partners at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and Providence Portland, their foundations and our donors, as well as our amazing teachers, we've welcomed thousands of families in just five short years with drop-in childcare for families at the hospital.

 Way to go team @MLWR!

My Little Waiting Room Turns 5!

This April, My Little Waiting Room at Providence St. Vincent celebrated its fifth birthday. So naturally, we threw a party! Thanks to our partners at Providence St. Vincent Foundation, we have this fun celebration video to share.

Also in April My Little Waiting Room at Providence Portland turned 2.

Happy Birthday everyone!

Providence celebrates growth and expansion of My Little Waiting Room

PORTLAND, Ore. - When My Little Waiting Room opened its doors in the spring of 2010, no one knew just how significant it would become to families served by Providence. As the innovative, drop-in child care center gets ready to celebrate its second birthday and 10,000th visitor, the success is evident - and plans are under way to expand the service to a second Providence hospital.

Founded by Melissa Moore and Amy Paterson, a breast cancer survivor, My Little Waiting Room is designed to reduce the stress of hospital visits for patients and visitors to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Infants through 10-year-olds are cared for at no cost, with services supported by donations. My Little Waiting Room works with Volunteers of America to coordinate the center's professional staff.

Since opening its doors April 5, 2010, the center has blossomed as one of the most beloved spots in the hospital for thousands of young visitors. Parents dealing with appointments or visiting hospitalized loved ones have repeatedly expressed their gratitude for the services. Some families - dealing with long-term health issues - use the center daily or several times a week, for weeks at a time. Grateful parents say the center provides a safe, nurturing home away from home for their children, allowing parents a more focused time with loved ones or during a medical appointment.

The community has warmly welcomed My Little Waiting Room with regular gifts of toys and financial contributions. Operations are funded through hundreds of donations to Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation, totaling more than $310,000 to date. A significant gift last year allowed the center to expand availability to 40 hours a week.

The program has proved so successful in serving the needs of patients and their families Providence is adding a second My Little Waiting Room, located at Providence Portland Medical Center. "Things are still in the early stages, but we're very excited about bringing this to more families on the Eastside," said Melissa Moore. "We've also received calls from other hospitals across the country asking about how they could start their own service. We've always believed that if health clubs and department stores can offer a service like this, hospitals can, too."

My Little Waiting Room Co-Founder Tapped for National Advisory Board

Kids II has tapped My Little Waiting Room co-founder Amy Paterson to join their inaugural Bright Starts Pink Power Mom Advisory Committee.  Amy was named a Pink Power Mom by Bright Starts in 2008, and was the poster model and Super Pink Power Mom for the program's 2009 search campaign.  Amy joins a committee of seven community leaders from around the country who will help drive new initiatives in the fight against breast cancer.  Here's a link to the press release:  Kids II Revamps Bright Starts' Pink Power Mom Program.  We look forward to continued involvement with this wonderful organization!

Happy 1st Birthday to My Little Waiting Room!

Watch our first birthday celebration here

What a year it's been!  We are so thankful to so many people:

1.  To the more than 1,000 families who made more than 4,000 visists to My Little Waiting Room over the course of our first year, thank you for sharing your children with us.

2.  To the leadership teams at Providence St. Vincent and Volunteers of America Oregon, thank you for your vision and dedication to serving families in our community.

3.  To our donors, thank you for making it possible to provide this service at no cost to families, and for enabling My Little Waiting Room to expand our hours to 40 a week, up from our initial 30.

4.  To the staff from Volunteers of America, Oregon, thank you for your gifted professionalism and spirit.  You make every child who walks through the door feel special.

5.  To everyone who has supported us along the way, know that you are helping to make a meaningful, positive difference for many.

My Little Waiting Room Honored at 2010 Portland Monthly Light a Fire Awards

Thanks to Portland Monthly magazine for honoring us with their 2010 Light a Fire Nonprofit award, and putting together this wonderful video, story and photo.  All of these photos are courtesy of Jamie Coughlin and Portland Monthly magazine.