Weekly Stories

YWCA Central Alabama Salutes Faithful Volunteers

April 17, 2015

On Isabella Yaghmai’s 12th birthday, her friends brought baby dolls, trucks, puzzles and preschool books to her party. They weren’t typical gifts for a preteen girl, but they were exactly what Isabella wanted. She told her friends that, instead of bringing gifts for her, she wanted them to bring toys for the children staying with their moms in the YWCA Central Alabama’s domestic violence shelter.

Loud & Clear Event to Raise Awareness About Abuse on College Campuses

April 6, 2015

Incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault on college campuses have made headlines across the nation lately, and college students from five local schools will join forces to put an end to the abuse. Loud & Clear at the Tracks, which is scheduled for April 16, 2015 from 4-8 p.m. at Railroad Park, will unite students at Birmingham-Southern College, Miles College, Samford Univeristy, University of Montevallo and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

YWCA’s Social Justice Issue Garners National Attention

March 26, 2015

Joan Witherspoon-Norris, director of social justice for the YWCA Central Alabama, was among a group of bipartisan advocates who met with President Barack Obama Thursday about the issue of predatory lending.

YWCA Among Thousands to Pay Tribute in Selma

March 16, 2015

After attending the ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the Selma-to-Montgomery March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Brittany Pressley will have stories to share with her children and grandchildren.

“This was such a great historic event to have been a part of, and getting to hear the president speak was one of the highlights of my trip,” she said. “I will never forget this experience.”

ARLA to Host Fair Lending Rally at YWCA

February 24, 2015

It didn’t take long for Candi Wiley to get trapped. Short on cash, she went to a payday lender to get money to pay the light bill. “I needed $200 and they said, 'I tell you what, we’ll give you five,'” she said. “They made it easy.”