Each year, YWCA Central Alabama hosts Santa’s Workshop to help families who are living in area homeless/transitional shelters or those otherwise in need to have a happy holiday season. On the day of the event, children get to meet Santa and make gifts and crafts that they can give to parents, teachers, friends, and other loved ones. Meanwhile, caregivers get to "shop" (everything is free) for toys and other gifts to give to their precious babies.
YWCA of Central Alabama's annual Purse & Passion St. Clair County Luncheon will celebrate its 11th year of transforming lives by providing domestic violence services to St. Clair County and neighboring communities on August 8, 2019. All gifts made to this fundraising event benefits Our Place, the only domestic violence shelter in St. Clair County. Since opening in 2009, the Our Place shelter has provided legal assistance, support, and housing to more than 7,435 domestic violence victims in St. Clair and Blount counties.
YWCA Central Alabama's annual Purse & Passion Luncheon is the YW's largest fundraiser and raises more than $600,000 each year to support all four of the YW's program areas: domestic violence services; child development programs for children of homeless and low-income families; safe, affordable housing; and social justice programs.
YWCA Central Alabama's annual KIDS Korner Luncheon raises critical funds to support the YWCA’s nationally-accredited child development program for children of low-income and homeless families. Table hosts invite hundreds of their friends, co-workers, and neighbors for a day of friend-raising and fundraising.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and across the country, survivors, victim advocates, government officials, faith-based groups, health care providers, business leaders, police officers, and concerned citizens will take steps towards eliminating domestic partner violence.
Our annual Santa's Workshop is a magical event that allows families in crisis to experience the holidays with joy like most of us do. Mothers come to "shop" for free gifts donated by people like you who share our passion for supporting those in need. Last year, we provided 4,512 toys and clothing items to area children, and we plan to surpass that goal this year by starting preparations early.