December 8, 2018
Thank you for making a child's season bright!
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.
YWCA of Central Alabama celebrates its 10th year of transforming lives by providing domestic violence services to St. Clair County and neighboring communities with our 2018 Purse and Passion St. Clair fundraising event. 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.
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.
Now in its 19th year, the Purse & Passion Luncheon is the largest fundraiser for YWCA Central Alabama. This event 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.
The KIDS Korner Luncheon, celebrating its 11th year, raises critical funds to support the YWCA’s nationally-accredited child development program for children of homeless families. Table hosts will invite more than 400 of their friends, co-workers and neighbors for a day of friend-raising and fundraising. Last year's luncheon raised more than $160,000 for the program, which helps children in crisis learn, play and re-discover their self worth.