Weekly Stories

GED Classes Empowering YWoodlawn Residents

May 14, 2014

The YWCA’s most recent expansion, YWoodlawn, has grown exponentially since its groundbreaking in 2009. Initially consisting of the YWCA’s acquisition of the Interfaith Hospitality House, the YWoodlawn Revitalization Initiative is an ongoing effort that has transformed several acres of once blighted housing into an award-winning neighborhood.

YWCA Gears Up for Newest Event, Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes®

May 7, 2014

Although many of us are aware that domestic violence is a real problem, what we don’t know is how often it happens, and just how close it can be to our lives. Nationwide, 1 in 4 women will become victims of domestic violence; these victims may be family, coworkers, neighbors or friends. To add to these staggering facts, there are 145 domestic violence incidents every hour in the United States alone, and still there are many cases of violence each day that go unreported.

The YWCA Hosts 15th Annual Purse & Passion

May 1, 2014

Over 1,300 friends and supporters, old and new, came to the Downtown Sheraton Hotel Ballroom on April 24 for the 15th Annual Purse & Passion Luncheon to honor and support the services offered by the YWCA. Being the 15th Purse & Passion, the theme of this year’s luncheon was “Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present and Looking Towards the Future.” The Purse & Passion Luncheon is the YWCA’s single largest fundraiser.

YWCA Central Alabama says “Thank You” for Volunteer Appreciation Week

April 9, 2014

In 2013, the YWCA Central Alabama provided over 13,000 days of child care to 114 children of homeless and low-income families, 9,393 clothing items to 770 people at no cost and supplied legal and court advocacy services for 3,952 victims of domestic abuse. But it isn’t just the numbers that make the YWCA Central Alabama a leading nonprofit, it’s the immeasurable amount of support we receive from thousands of volunteers.

After-School Enrichment Program Brings Spring Break to YWCA

April 2, 2014

Spring break is always an exciting time for fun and relaxation for students each year. Families often pack up for vacations while others spend their off days at home or doing extra-curricular activities. However, for children who live in area shelters, these opportunities may be a little harder to come by.

Anytown Alabama Seeks Applicants for a Fun, Life-changing Experience

March 26, 2014

Anyone that has ever gone to summer camp remembers it for the rest of their life. Summer camp is often a time that many young ones experience the feeling of slowly coming out of their shells, welcoming diverse friends they otherwise wouldn’t meet into their world. High school especially can be a pivotal time in developing a student’s self-image and confidence. Lessons on how to treat others are often gained by the social pressures found in the hallways and cafeterias.

Retired YWCA CEO Suzanne Durham Receives Woman of Vision Award

March 4, 2014

Retiring after 34 years as CEO of YWCA Central Alabama, Suzanne Durham was recently presented with the “Woman of Vision” award at the 2014 Momentum Conference. Durham was honored for her dedication and perseverance in making the YWCA Central Alabama one of the most successful nonprofits in the area. Durham was honored along with other extraordinary Alabama women: the “Woman of Courage,” Jan Davis; “Woman of Leadership,” Dr. Deborah E. Barnhart; “Woman of Impact,” Mona N.

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