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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.

YWCA’s Heritage Panel and Healthy Relationships Programs

September 11, 2013

We’re at the beginning of another school year, and while students are getting back into the flow, the YWCA is gearing up as well with two programs to promote social justice and encourage healthy dating relationships.

Educational Disparities, Disengaged Electorate

September 6, 2013

For Birmingham City Schools, class started on August 19th. The summer was over and a more consistent routine had begun. A week into school, on Tuesday, August 27th, many of these students had survived their first pop quiz in math, they were several chapters into their history textbooks, and they were thinking about Labor Day and their first break from this routine. August 27th passed with little fanfare.

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