Weekly Stories

Help the YWCA Bring Holiday Cheer to Homeless Families

December 10, 2013

At the YWCA we believe that every child deserves a safe place to learn and grow, which is why we have a nationally accredited child care center. We believe that every child deserves a birthday party, that's why we make sure every child we serve blows out candles on their birthday. And we believe that children deserve a happy holiday season, filled with the magic and wonder of giving and receiving. That's why we have Santa’s Workshop. This year’s annual event will be Saturday, December 14, 2013.

Wells Fargo Helps Continue Growth in YWoodlawn

December 4, 2013

The YWCA Central Alabama continuously strives to serve the needs of women, children and families across our region. The YWoodlawn Revitalization Enrichment Project, for example, has been an ongoing effort to transform several acres of once blighted housing into an award-winning neighborhood. Over the past six years the YWCA has established key partnerships and collaborations which have tremendously helped this initiative.

Why We Are Thankful

November 27, 2013

During this season of thanks, our staff, Board and Junior Board members share why they are thankful for the YWCA. From Social Justice to Domestic Violence Services, Housing and Child Care, we are proud to make a positive impact on the lives of women, children and families in Central Alabama.

PNC Helps Children Financially Plan for the Future

November 6, 2013

As we all know, teaching children the difference between wants and needs, especially when it comes to finances, is a very valuable lesson that starts early in their lives. Informing children on what it means to exchange currency for goods at a young age is a sure way to help prepare them for future financial stability. When families come to the YWCA for assistance, they are often times financially unstable and do not have the resources or help to become stable or show their children how to be.

YWCA Fall Festivities Bring More than Fun and Games

October 31, 2013

The crisp autumn weather settled just in time for the many YWCA seasonal festivities. Last week, kids and adults alike were at our YWoodlawn location putting on their costumes, painting their faces and stocking up on candy for the annual YWoodlawn Fall Festival. The sun was setting just in time to kickoff the event. Children from both the YWoodlawn and downtown locations were dressed in full princess, superhero and even zombie attire.

Peace@Work Teaches the Signs of Domestic Violence in the Workplace

October 23, 2013

At the YWCA Central Alabama, we know that domestic violence does not stay in the home. The cycle of violence most often follows the victim and the abuser in other parts of life. Being the area’s only certified provider of domestic violence services, it is crucial that we recognize where domestic violence is prevalent, especially in places where we trust we can be safe.

Week Without Violence Events Help Raise Awareness of DV

October 16, 2013

For over 20 years, the YWCA has dedicated the third week of October to being a Week Without Violence. This year, Week Without Violence is October 14 – 20. A part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the mission of Week Without Violence is to mobilize people in communities across the United States to take action against all forms of violence, wherever it occurs.

“Children in Crisis” Program Presents Domestic Violence from a Child’s Perspective

October 9, 2013

For some of us, domestic violence is an issue that we learn about from other people’s stories, experiences and statistics. For many others, it is a traumatizing part of life that is hard to forget, that is hard to express to friends and family. Even more for children of young ages who might have a hard time finding the right words to express themselves, it can leave them anxious, upset or even silent.

It’s Time to Pass the Purple Purse

October 2, 2013

As October moves us into the autumn weather, it also marks the beginning of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Being the largest domestic violence service provider in our service area, this month is very important to the YWCA, as we are committed to breaking the cycle of family violence. October also marks the beginning of the annual Allstate Foundation Purple Purse fundraiser.