AmeriCorps

The YWCA Central Alabama’s “Building Communities, Bettering Lives” AmeriCorps program is pleased to host 40 members for the 2014-2015 program year. Men and women from Alabama and around the country have committed to one year of full-time capacity building and direct service through August 2015, benefitting the YWCA and its 16 non-profit partner agencies.

In addition to the YWCA Central Alabama, AmeriCorps members will serve directly this year with Alabama Environmental Council, Girls on the Run, Heart Gallery of Alabama, Hope Manifest, Leading Edge Institute, The Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement, Norwood Resource Center, One Roof, Pathways, Railroad Park, Safehouse of Shelby County, Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest, The Women’s Fund, Woodlawn Foundation, YMCA Northeast Branch and YouthServe. Members are key components in providing much-needed services in local schools, to persons experiencing homelessness, in child development facilities, for victims of domestic violence, with economic and environmental empowerment, through community enrichment and leadership development.

A national service initiative, AmeriCorps is akin to the Peace Corps, and is for persons desiring to commit to at least one year of service nationally, rather than internationally. Since its inception in 1994, more than 900,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed over one billion hours in service to their country while leveraging millions of community volunteers. Local YWCA AmeriCorps members alone served more than 53,000 hours in 2013-2014, benefitting the metro-Birmingham area, Shelby, Blount and St. Clair Counties.

Since 1903, the YWCA Central Alabama has been responding to the needs of women and families. Those services are offered by providing child care and after-school enrichment programs for homeless children, affordable housing for families and seniors, a full array of domestic violence services and outreach programs for social justice issues. Partnering with AmeriCorps through Serve Alabama and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the YWCA and its partner agencies have been able to further change the lives of people in need and reshape the fabric of our community.

Recruiting for the 2015-2016 term begins in April 2015. For more information on the YWCA’s “Building Communities, Bettering Lives” AmeriCorps program contact Angela Moore at email americorps@ywcabham.org.