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Find Your Passion, Support It

May 27, 2014

Maggie McDonald serves the YWCA Central Alabama as Senior Director of Development.  Prior to joining the YWCA she served several different roles in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Birmingham-Southern College as well as Executive Assistant to the President.

Walk A Mile® Makes a Big Hit in Railroad Park

May 21, 2014

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, YW staff, volunteers and AmeriCorps members came to Railroad Park to prepare for the first annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes®. Hosted by the YWCA Central Alabama’s Junior Board YWhisper Committee, Walk A Mile® is the only walk that challenges men to be “man enough” to walk a mile in heels.

Gentrification: A Photo Essay

May 20, 2014

Mary Chiles was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She spent three years working at the YWCA post-college as a child care teacher and as an AmeriCorps member in the Social Justice department. Mary now lives in San Francisco, CA. 

GED Classes Empowering YWoodlawn Residents

May 14, 2014

The YWCA’s most recent expansion, YWoodlawn, has grown exponentially since its groundbreaking in 2009. Initially consisting of the YWCA’s acquisition of the Interfaith Hospitality House, the YWoodlawn Revitalization Initiative is an ongoing effort that has transformed several acres of once blighted housing into an award-winning neighborhood.

Today's Slavery

May 13, 2014

Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith works with Human Rights First to address trafficking of women and children. This became her passion after work with a client took Linda to South America and stimulated a well-rooted concern for women and children living in impoverished situations.

A Larger Community

May 8, 2014

Rebecca Harkless is a second year AmeriCorps member serving in the YWCA Central Alabama’s Social Justice Department. In her service, Rebecca co-facilitates Heritage Panel trainings in area high schools and middle schools. She has also been on staff for Anytown Alabama.

YWCA Gears Up for Newest Event, Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes®

May 7, 2014

Although many of us are aware that domestic violence is a real problem, what we don’t know is how often it happens, and just how close it can be to our lives. Nationwide, 1 in 4 women will become victims of domestic violence; these victims may be family, coworkers, neighbors or friends. To add to these staggering facts, there are 145 domestic violence incidents every hour in the United States alone, and still there are many cases of violence each day that go unreported.

The Importance of Acceptance

May 6, 2014

Amanda Wilson is the Executive Director for PFLAG Birmingham (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).  She and her husband, Ed, have lived in Birmingham for 34 years. They went to their first PFLAG Birmingham meeting in October of 2004 after their son Evan came out to them.  Amanda is also in this year’s Leadership Birmingham class.

The YWCA Hosts 15th Annual Purse & Passion

May 1, 2014

Over 1,300 friends and supporters, old and new, came to the Downtown Sheraton Hotel Ballroom on April 24 for the 15th Annual Purse & Passion Luncheon to honor and support the services offered by the YWCA. Being the 15th Purse & Passion, the theme of this year’s luncheon was “Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present and Looking Towards the Future.” The Purse & Passion Luncheon is the YWCA’s single largest fundraiser.

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