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Diversity and the Definition of America

October 4, 2013

Anamaria SantiagoAnamaria Santiago currently teaches literature and composition courses at UAB. She has been on staff at Anytown Alabama for numerous years and was honored to serve as an Anytown Alabama co-director this year.

Spread DV Awareness, Pass the Purple Purse

October 3, 2013

Domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women in their lifetime — that's more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined. Still, more than one-third of us have never discussed the issue. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and at the YWCA we have a range of services to help victims of domestic violence. We want to be a part of the national conversation that is happening around domestic violence, so this month we will be featuring the topic of domestic violence on our blog.
 

It’s Time to Pass the Purple Purse

October 2, 2013

As October moves us into the autumn weather, it also marks the beginning of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Being the largest domestic violence service provider in our service area, this month is very important to the YWCA, as we are committed to breaking the cycle of family violence. October also marks the beginning of the annual Allstate Foundation Purple Purse fundraiser.

Monthly Roundup: News Highlights from September

September 26, 2013

Each month, we give you a roundup of the highlights in national and local news relevant to social justice topics. Our goal is to let the stories spark productive conversations about race, gender or any trait that can divide people.
 

Residents’ BBQ Stirs the Communal Spirit of the YWCA

September 25, 2013

Yesterday afternoon, folks from all of the YWCA’s housing facilities came together for the Annual Residents’ BBQ. Residents from the YWCA’s Downtown, Rosedale Senior Housing, Four Winds East Apartments and Mainstream Housing were invited to come down to the YWCA for some delicious, free BBQ as well as other Southern favorites like baked beans, potato salad and sweet tea. Every year, the residents’ BBQ is a great opportunity for tenants to socialize and learn more about the ever-growing community in the YWCA housing facilities.

Birmingham... We're Working On It

September 24, 2013

Barbara BlairBarbara Blair currently serves as Vice President Programs of the YWCA Board of Directors, she has been involved in the YWCA Board and Junior Board for many years.  She is the former Executive Director of Youth Leadership Forum.

What Could Your Birmingham Become?

September 19, 2013

Fran GodchauxFran Godchaux is an active YW Board member, having served as Vice President Planning. She currently serves as Director of Special Projects for REV Birmingham and is on the executive committee of Collat Jewish Family Services. Fran is a tireless advocate for public private partnerships to engage in economic development activity to create jobs and vibrancy in the City of Birmingham.

Fond Farewells and New Beginnings: CEO Suzanne Durham Announces Retirement

September 18, 2013

Tuesday, September 17th, was a tremendous day for all of us involved with the YWCA Central Alabama. Kathryn Harbert, President of the Board of the YWCA Central Alabama announced that long-time YWCA Chief Executive Officer, Suzanne Durham, will be retiring at the end of 2013. The Board of Directors has appointed Yolanda Sullivan as Interim Chief Executive Officer to lead this new transition.

Entering the Conversation

September 17, 2013

Noah Schuettge is a recent transplant to Birmingham, AL and is serving as an AmeriCorps member in the Social Justice department at the YWCA Central Alabama.

New Perspectives, Experiences and Appreciation while Serving

September 12, 2013

Travis is a recent graduate of the University of Montevallo. He received an Interdisciplinary Studies degree in Philosophy and Literature. Travis recently joined the AmeriCorps team as the Communications Specialist at the YWCA and designs promotional material for Eclipse Coffee & Books in Montevallo.

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