Get your team ready or get ready to cheer on your favorite team at the YW's first St. Clair Smokin' Showdown set for Sept. 27 at the Pell City Civic Center. Tickets are $10 ($20 for VIP). The cook-off team entry fee is $500 (must register by Sept. 1). BBQ pitmasters and amateur barbecuers are invited to throw down at our inaugural St. Clair Smokin' Showdown! If you have friends who love to grill, ask them to register for this Sunday afternoon BBQ competition, which will raise money for Our Place and YWCA services in St. Clair County.
Join us online for our Domestic Violence training. This training session addresses how transformation becomes possible when individuals, families, and communities have access to both knowledge and tools. Join the conversation, raise community awareness, and learn the many signs of domestic violence. The event is free.
YWCA Central Alabama will host a virtual conversation with community leaders about the current state of race in Birmingham. As YWCA continues our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, we are steadfast in our commitment to join with allies to work toward a society where black and brown lives matter and where our criminal justice, educational, health care, and all other systems are intentionally designed to replace disparity with equity.
June is National Homeownership Month. In observance, the YW will host a panel of experts to discuss The Journey to Affordable Housing: The YW's Role in Safe Shelter. This virtual event, moderated by YWCA CEO Dr. LaRhonda S. Magras, features Mechelle Sippial Wilder, ARC Realty Partner, Associate Broker; Kenneth E. Free, Alabama Field Office Director, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and YWCA Central Alabama's very own Monica Shields, Interfaith Hospitality House Shelter Manager. There is no cost to participate (https://givepul.se/lr0jxv) in the discussion about financial literacy, negative rental or criminal history, and fair housing laws.
YWe March…in unity…in solidarity…to honor history. Join us on Friday, June 19 as we walk from YWCA downtown to Kelly Ingram Park. As a YWCA staff, we will march to Kelly Ingram Park to participate in the National Million People March for Justice, organized by the Alabama Rally Against Justice. The June 19 event will begin promptly at noon. If interested in joining, please meet at the YW (309 23rd St N, Birmingham, AL) at 11 a.m. for an 11:15 a.m. departure.
It's time to Stuff the Sleigh for YWCA!
All summerlong, we're helping the big man out and gathering new, unwrapped toys, books, gift cards, stocking stuffers, and more for our annual Santa's Workshop event!
Join in the Santa in the Summer fun and help us provide a magical holiday season for children of all ages living in local homeless shelters and transitional housing.
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YWCA Central Alabama's annual Purse & Passion is the YW's largest fundraiser. It raises more than $600,000 each year to support domestic violence services; child and youth development programs; and safe, affordable housing.
YWCA Central Alabama annually conducts CREW (Creating Responsible Educated Working teens). CREW is a camp that serves Woodlawn teens entering 9th-12th grades, with the capacity to serve up to 15 students. This seven-week summer enrichment program is for Woodlawn teens. Internship opportunities are available thanks to local business partnerships that will align with students' education and career goals.