Weekly Stories

YWCA Welcomes New Junior Board Members

September 16, 2016

For more than 30 years, YWCA Central Alabama’s Junior Board members have made quite an impact on the lives of so many, especially the YW’s children.

The group recently welcomed nine new members who will help raise awareness about the YWCA’s programs and funds to support them. Joining the Junior Board this year are Julia Bevill, Yonti Brown, Megan Chenoweth, Martha Foster, Jessica Oliver, Breauna Peterson, Ann Watford, Ann Bailey White and Ginny Willings.

Support the YWCA With Your Everyday Purchases

September 1, 2016

Do you shop at Piggly Wiggly, eat at Cantina or get a craving for Roly Poly, Donato's Pizza or Nothing But Noodles? If so, you can help YWCA Central Alabama through your everyday purchases at these and many other businesses. 

We are excited to announce that the YW has partnered with Planet Fundraiser which makes it even easier to support women, children and families in crisis.

It’s simple:

St. Clair County Residents Plant Seeds of Hope for Victims

August 19, 2016

The theme of the Eighth Annual Purse & Passion St. Clair County Luncheon was “Planting Seeds of Hope,” and the 425 guests sent a strong message to let domestic violence victims from St. Clair and Blount counties know that they are not alone.

CREW Programs Equips Students for Successful Future

July 29, 2016

JaKwan Tamper and Olivia Blakney, both upcoming seniors at Woodlawn High School, have spent the past two summers preparing for the rest of their lives.

As participants in YWCA Central Alabama’s CREW (Creating Responsible Educated Working teens) program, they’ve learned what it takes to be good employees, toured college campuses, practiced their interview skills and learned to budget money.

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.”

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