This coming year marks 110 years that the YWCA has been a friend to the Greater Birmingham community. In 1903, Maybelle Sloss founded the YW with the purpose of serving “women of small salary in adverse circumstances.” And while the YW has grown and changed a lot since its beginning, its heart has stayed the same. Generations have been affected by this rich 110 year legacy; here are just a few stories of how the YW and her Friends have worked toward its mission of empowering women and eliminating racism:
The YW provided domestic violence services, including shelter and counseling, to Rebecca, who had experienced brutal abuse for years.
When Lisa needed to rebuild her life, the YW provided free child care for her two youngest children.
When Nicole and her teenage boys, Romello and Stefon, hit tough economic times, the YW provided them with housing at the YW’s Interfaith Hospitality House where they could all stay together as a family. And this past summer, Romello and Stefon participated in Anytown Alabama, a social justice leadership camp.
These stories are just a glimpse of the programs and services the YW offers. But as you probably know, these vital programs are not without cost. The YW wouldn’t have made it 110 years without Friends like you who are willing to give financially. In celebration of 110 years of service, will you be a part of the legacy by giving at least $110?
Regardless of what you give (every gift makes a difference), you will be helping to improve the lives of women and families who depend on the YW to be a friend in their time of need.
President, YWCA Board of Directors
Vice President, Development
P.S. Did you know the YWCA Central Alabama provides hot meals and a nurturing environment to over 30 homeless children in our KIDS Korner child care center everyday? Please make your gift today.