YWCA’s Extreme Makeover is a Community Effort

October 11, 2016

What do you get when you mix 3,836 hours, 482 volunteers, 42 subcontractors, 4 projects, 2 weeks and 1 cause? A very grateful YWCA Central Alabama.

The YW’s indoor play area and My Sister’s Closet, which assists women in need of career clothing, recently got an extreme makeover, thanks to the generosity of Brasfield & Gorrie and a group of big-hearted subcontractors. They donated labor, materials and time so that the YWCA can better serve women and children in crisis.

“We are truly overwhelmed,” YWCA CEO Yolanda Sullivan said to the group gathered for the big reveal. “We are just in awe of everything you did. Our children and the women who turn to us for help deserve the very best, and you have transformed our spaces into works of art. This project has exceeded our wildest dreams.”

The project, spearheaded by Brasfield & Gorrie as part of its internal United Way campaign, is a perfect example of the theme for this year’s campaign, “Together, There Will Always Be a Way.” The collaboration is an example of how nonprofit agencies, corporate partners and community volunteers come together every day to unite in positive change. 

“If we all chip in and do our part, we can accomplish some really cool things,” Jim Gorrie, CEO of Brasfield & Gorrie, said. “This really was a community effort.” He told the subcontractors that he was grateful for their contributions. “No one said no,” Gorrie said. “We told you our budget was zero and you didn’t flinch. Everyone was more than willing to help.”  

As part of the project, Big Communications designed and helped paint a mural on the side of My Sister’s Closet reflecting the campaign theme. The contractors also installed new wooden fences around both of the YWCA’s outdoor playgrounds, which serve children of homeless and working poor families.

My Sister’s Closet, which provides professional clothing at no cost to YW clients and those referred from other agencies, now boasts polished concrete floors; a wooden statement wall created from lumber from the old playground fences; a much larger display window and industrial fixtures and display racks. The boutique is also open to the public, and all proceeds benefit YWCA programs.

Drew Langloh, president and CEO of United Way of Central Alabama, praised the team for its contribution to the YW and the community. “Thank you for your time, your talents and your treasures, not only to support the United Way but to drive the mission of the YWCA forward.” 

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