Weekly Stories

Santa's Workshop 2018

December 13, 2018

YWCA Central Alabama provided toys to more than 350 children on Saturday, December 8, 2018, with its annual Santa’s Workshop event! This event helps families living in area homeless shelters and transitional housing programs have a happy holiday season.

Soulmates in Service

November 8, 2018

Serving with YWCA Central Alabama’s “Building Communities, Bettering Lives” (BCBL) AmeriCorps program comes with many benefits–educational awards, career opportunities, job skills training and more. However, most members don’t consider the possibility of finding love. This was the case for former BCBL AmeriCorps members Alicia Calloway and Walter Nolen-Schmidt who began their year of service at the YW in 2016 with no idea that 2-years later they would be married and starting a life together.

Pumpkins, Princesses and Superheroes Make Appearances at YW Fall Festival

October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween from your YW family! We had a spooktacular time celebrating at our annual Fall Festival, put on by the YW Junior Board and a host of volunteers. The gym was filled with little princesses, superheroes and ghosts who got a chance to dress up and enjoy a cake walk, football toss and several other activities.

Let’s Taco ‘Bout Game Night!

September 20, 2018

Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church (VHUMC) recently visited YWCA Central Alabama’s housing program for its annual game night. VHUMC facilitated an exciting game of bingo and provided a taco buffet for dinner, dessert and prizes for the YWCA’s resident adults and children who participated.

“It was a wonderful night of fun and fellowship, and we are very lucky to have Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church’s support,” said Parrish Knorr, senior director of Housing for YWCA Central Alabama. “They have adopted this event each year and they make it special every time.”

YWCA Central Alabama AmeriCorps Awarded National Leadership Honor

September 13, 2018

America’s Service Commission (ASC) recognized YWCA Central Alabama’s “Building Communities, Bettering Lives” (BCBL) AmeriCorps program as the 2018 Outstanding Service Program. This award was given as part of ASC’s Innovation and Leadership Awards, an annual program held in the Washington, DC area to recognize the leadership and accomplishments of state service commission staff, commissioners, and service programs throughout the United States and its territories.

Coca-Cola United Employees Get Dirty for our Child Development Center

August 30, 2018

Employees of Coca-Cola United visited YWCA Central Alabama to give its Child Development Center (CDC) a little tender love and care. The group of 10 volunteers kicked off their visit with a tour of the center that houses Calico Corner, KIDS Korner and the YWCA’s After-School Enrichment Program for Homeless Children (ASEP). The YWCA’s nationally accredited CDC features several classrooms with varying designs based on the students’ needs, two playgrounds, an indoor play area and a learning kitchen that teaches students motor skills, self-sufficiency and independence.

Creating Responsible Educated Working Teens

August 8, 2018

Creating Responsible Educated Working Teens

CREW, also known as the Creating Responsible Educated Working Teens program, is a summer enrichment opportunity for Birmingham area teens. The YWCA of Central Alabama, in coordination with Woodlawn Foundation, PNC Bank, Protective Life, Charles and Estelle Campbell Foundation and Mike and Gillian Goodrich Foundation, annually conducts this program to provide Birmingham teens a positive option for how to fill their summer breaks.

2018 Anytown Alabama Summit –Where Students Become Leaders

June 21, 2018

“Everything that I learned this week is something that I can take into the real world and really use,” said Anytown delegate Patrick Evans at the closing graduation ceremony. “And, I really appreciated how everyone was willing to work with us – we really all connected and it was an amazing experience.”

YWCA's 19th Annual Purse & Passion Luncheon Helps Transform Lives

April 27, 2018

After leaving an abusive marriage and turning to YWCA Central Alabama for help, Tessie found the support she needed to transform her situation “from gloom and doom to thriving.”

Tessie’s story was highlighted at the YWCA’s 19th Annual Purse & Passion Luncheon, held April 26 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. More than 1,400 supporters attended the event and opened their purses and wallets to raise critical funds to help the women, children and families served by the YWCA.

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