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Anytown Program Leads Student to National Prize

March 18, 2016

After participating in YWCA Central Alabama’s social justice leadership programs, Katie Klasing was inspired to make the world – or at least her part of it – more inclusive for all. That mindset, and the actions that followed, have earned her national recognition.

AmeriCorps Members Honored for Service and Commitment

March 11, 2016

When a resident in one of YWCA Central Alabama’s Woodlawn apartments recently asked about computer classes for adults, AmeriCorps member Demi Eckhoff answered the call. At the time, adult computer instruction was not offered at the YW’s Family Resource Center in Woodlawn where she serves, but that didn’t stop Eckhoff. She simply decided to start a program.

KIDS Korner Luncheon Supports Homeless Children's Dreams

February 19, 2016

Five-year-old Terell wants to be a veterinarian when he grows up so he can be a “dog saver.” His classmate, Alexia, wants to be a chef because she loves chicken and rice, and 4-year-old Jonathan can’t wait to be “the best dad in the world.”

Brandon Falls Honored as YWCA's Man of Valor

January 29, 2016

Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls works tirelessly to advocate for victims of domestic violence because he knows it’s not like any other crime.

 “When you are a victim of a robbery, you don’t see the person who pointed a gun at you and took your purse every day after the crime happens,” he said earlier this year during a candlelight vigil held in remembrance of victims. “When you are a victim of domestic violence, you see them first thing when you wake up and the last thing before you go to bed.”

Lend Your Voice to Discussion on Fair Lending Practices

January 22, 2016

Lawmakers and community members will gather for an Educational Forum on Fair Lending and Fiscal Responsibility to discuss issues surrounding high interest payday and title pawn loans in Alabama. The forum, which is open to the public, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. at the YWCA Central Alabama.

Talia Fleisig Helps Bring Dance and Smiles to YW Children

January 15, 2016

Two of Talia Fleisig’s favorite things are dancing and volunteering at the YWCA Central Alabama. The 13-year-old recently found the perfect way to combine her two loves when she launched “YWCA Dances with Smiles,” her Bat Mitzvah project.

Crisis Line Volunteers Needed

December 23, 2015

Crisis Line Counselors 

Crisis line counselors provide safety planning, crisis intervention and advocacy services by telephone for battered women. Crisis Line volunteers are crucial in linking victims of domestic violence to life-saving information about shelters and other community resources. They offer crisis intervention, assist callers with safety planning, provide support and make referrals to other community resources. 

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.”