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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Aimed at Saving Lives

September 30, 2016

In the first half of 2016, at least 13 Jefferson County residents lost their lives to domestic violence. That’s more than twice the number killed in the county in all of 2015, and it illustrates the importance of YWCA Central Alabama’s domestic violence prevention efforts.

“We are working every day to save lives,” said Annetta Nunn, community outreach coordinator. “By educating people about the warning signs of domestic violence and how to seek help, we hope to encourage as many victims as possible to escape their abusive relationships before it’s too late.”

YWCA Welcomes New Junior Board Members

September 16, 2016

For more than 30 years, YWCA Central Alabama’s Junior Board members have made quite an impact on the lives of so many, especially the YW’s children.

The group recently welcomed nine new members who will help raise awareness about the YWCA’s programs and funds to support them. Joining the Junior Board this year are Julia Bevill, Yonti Brown, Megan Chenoweth, Martha Foster, Jessica Oliver, Breauna Peterson, Ann Watford, Ann Bailey White and Ginny Willings.

Support the YWCA With Your Everyday Purchases

September 1, 2016

Do you shop at Piggly Wiggly, eat at Cantina or get a craving for Roly Poly, Donato's Pizza or Nothing But Noodles? If so, you can help YWCA Central Alabama through your everyday purchases at these and many other businesses. 

We are excited to announce that the YW has partnered with Planet Fundraiser which makes it even easier to support women, children and families in crisis.

It’s simple:

St. Clair County Residents Plant Seeds of Hope for Victims

August 19, 2016

The theme of the Eighth Annual Purse & Passion St. Clair County Luncheon was “Planting Seeds of Hope,” and the 425 guests sent a strong message to let domestic violence victims from St. Clair and Blount counties know that they are not alone.

CREW Programs Equips Students for Successful Future

July 29, 2016

JaKwan Tamper and Olivia Blakney, both upcoming seniors at Woodlawn High School, have spent the past two summers preparing for the rest of their lives.

As participants in YWCA Central Alabama’s CREW (Creating Responsible Educated Working teens) program, they’ve learned what it takes to be good employees, toured college campuses, practiced their interview skills and learned to budget money.

YWCA Celebrates Christmas in July

July 22, 2016

It may be hot outside, but it’s feeling a lot like Christmas at YWCA Central Alabama. Our annual Santa’s Workshop event, which provides gifts for hundreds of children in need, isn’t until December, but our elves started working early to meet the demand.

YWCA to Host Training Workshop on Race and Racism

July 15, 2016

You’ve witnessed the news, posted the hashtags, heard the comments and possibly experienced it for yourself, but when was the last time you and your colleagues talked about racism?

In response to recent events across the country, YWCA Central Alabama will host Face to Face with Race, a workshop designed to empower leaders to start conversations about racism and current events. The event is open to the public and set for Thursday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the YWCA, 309 23rd Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203.
 

Sewing Class a Hit with Students in YWCA Summer Program

July 7, 2016

Eleven-year-old Na’keon bit his lip and furrowed his brow in concentration as he leaned over the sewing machine, carefully guiding the fabric through with his hands.

When he finished, he snipped the thread, turned his project right side out and immediately got a huge grin on his face. “That’s very cool,” he said as he took his first look at his finished football-themed pajama pants. “This was a lot of fun.”

AmeriCorps Members of the Year Exemplify Service Excellence

June 24, 2016

Faith Munford, Bethany Reeves, Kenyata Tate and Jennifer Thomas have spent the past year making life better for some of the community’s most vulnerable people. As a result of their outstanding commitment to service, the four women were recently named YWCA Central Alabama’s AmeriCorps Members of the Year.

Flower Arranging Class Brings Joy and Beauty to YW Residents

June 17, 2016

Beuncka Tyson has discovered the power in creating something beautiful. One of the residents who calls YWCA Central Alabama home, she recently participated in a flower arranging class and was amazed by how much she enjoyed it.
 
“I was surprised that I caught on so quickly,” she said. “I’ve never really been a flower fan before, but they turned out really pretty. It made me feel good.”
 

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