Weekly Stories

YWCA Celebrates Christmas in July

July 22, 2016

It may be hot outside, but it’s feeling a lot like Christmas at YWCA Central Alabama. Our annual Santa’s Workshop event, which provides gifts for hundreds of children in need, isn’t until December, but our elves started working early to meet the demand.

YWCA to Host Training Workshop on Race and Racism

July 15, 2016

You’ve witnessed the news, posted the hashtags, heard the comments and possibly experienced it for yourself, but when was the last time you and your colleagues talked about racism?

In response to recent events across the country, YWCA Central Alabama will host Face to Face with Race, a workshop designed to empower leaders to start conversations about racism and current events. The event is open to the public and set for Thursday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the YWCA, 309 23rd Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203.

Sewing Class a Hit with Students in YWCA Summer Program

July 7, 2016

Eleven-year-old Na’keon bit his lip and furrowed his brow in concentration as he leaned over the sewing machine, carefully guiding the fabric through with his hands.

When he finished, he snipped the thread, turned his project right side out and immediately got a huge grin on his face. “That’s very cool,” he said as he took his first look at his finished football-themed pajama pants. “This was a lot of fun.”

Walk a Mile Event to Put Focus on Domestic Violence

May 13, 2016

On Wednesday night, while much of the city was sleeping or headed to bed, Coral Wilson was shot to death by her longtime boyfriend in the living room of her Druid City home. Four of the couple’s eight children were shot, as well.

The crime made Wilson, 34, the 12th person in Jefferson County to be killed in 2016 by someone who claimed to love them. Domestic violence is a deadly epidemic, but it’s an issue that’s not always easy to discuss.

YWCA Students Explore Future Career Possibilities

May 6, 2016

Ten-year-old Damon pretty much has his future planned. “I’m going to be a businessman,” he said. “I’m going to have a building and it’s going to be very high and each floor will have a store. There will be a video game store, a phone store, a toy store and a food store. My building’s gonna be cool.”

Join YWCA's Efforts to Black Out Domestic Violence

April 29, 2016

In the past six weeks, at least six people in the metro-Birmingham area have lost their lives to domestic violence, including two unborn babies. In addition, one woman was bloodied, beaten and held hostage by her ex-boyfriend for 36 hours to keep her from testifying against him in a prior domestic violence case.

Santa's Workshop Brings Joy to Families in Need

December 18, 2015

For Venita Jackson, Christmas joy came in the form of a Paw Patrol remote control car. “That’s the one thing my baby boy wanted, and I was so excited when I saw it,” she said. “This has been such a wonderful experience. It’s been a blessing.”

Free Family Portraits Make Holidays Picture Perfect

December 11, 2015

All Beuncka wants for Christmas is a stash of picture frames perfect for showcasing the gift she recently received: free family portraits she had made with her niece and nephew.

“I’m going to put them up all over my wall and make a scrapbook and put them in there,” she said. “I don’t have kids, so I look at my niece and nephew as my own. They’re my babies and these portraits are a real blessing.”

Calling All Elves!

November 2, 2015


Calling all elves! Volunteers are needed for the YWCA's annual Santa's Workshop on December 12, 2015.