Weekly Stories

AmeriCorps Members Impact Lives and Communities

March 16, 2018

Want to know how many lives have been impacted so far by members of YWCA Central Alabama’s “Building Communities, Bettering Lives” AmeriCorps program? Enough to fit on three cruise ships.

The 40 AmeriCorps members have touched 10,787 lives – and that was just in their first quarter of service. “They make all the difference in the world,” Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said following a recent celebration honoring past and current members during AmeriCorps Week 2018.

Anytown Alabama Alumna is on a Mission

March 9, 2018

Dailey Nichols, a student at Vanderbilt  University and a graduate of Mountain  Brook High School,  wrote the following  account of her  experience at Anytown Alabama, a social justice leadership summit for teens held each summer in partnership with YWCA Central Alabama  and National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ). The YW is accepting applications for Anytown, set for June 3-9, 2018, through April 13. For information or to register, click here.

YWCA's 11th Annual KIDS Korner Luncheon Supports YWCAngels

February 23, 2018

It doesn’t take much to fall in love with the girls and boys in YWCA Central Alabama’s KIDS Korner child development program for children of homeless families. One look at their smiling faces and it’s obvious that they deserve the best future possible.

YWCA Raises Awareness About Teen Dating Violence

February 9, 2018

Dashia Abrams had big dreams. The 19-year-old Huffman High School graduate had plans to pursue a criminal justice degree. Instead, just a few weeks into summer last year, she was shot to death by her boyfriend, who later turned the gun on himself.

Santa's Workshop 2017

November 6, 2017

Click here to learn how you can sign up to volunteer or donate toward the event. 

Fun and Games Set the Stage for Fall Festival

November 2, 2017

Smiles, costumes, games, candy and fun were the only things on the agenda at the annual Fall Festival for the kids in the YWCA’s child development programs.

Whether they were playing Ring Toss, decorating cookies, bowling with pumpkins or jumping in the bounce house, the girls and boys had a frighteningly good time at the event, which is hosted by the Junior Board.

Butterfly Creations Symbolize Journey from Victim to Survivor

October 20, 2017

As part of their healing process, domestic violence victims and children who have witnessed family violence recently participated in art therapy sessions at YWCA Central Alabama. They created beautiful butterflies to symbolize their transformation from victims to survivors.

AmeriCorps Members Serve Community, Jump-Start Career

September 8, 2017

Herb Jackson was looking for ways to follow his passion and give back to his community when he joined YWCA Central Alabama's "Building Communities, Bettering Lives" AmeriCorps program a few years ago.  Turns out, he found a new career.

YWCA's CREW Programs Prepares Teens for Future Success

August 4, 2017

Zadren Hill had been looking for summer job opportunities when he learned about YWCA Central Alabama’ CREW (Creating Responsible, Educated, Working teens) program. Although he was excited by the possibilities, he had no idea the impact it would have on his future.

“It helped me find my foundation,” said Zadren, who will begin his sophomore year at Woodlawn High School next week. “It was an amazing experience.”