Weekly Stories

First Lady Jill Biden Visits YWCA

April 9, 2021

YWCA Central Alabama enjoyed First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s visit April 9 to its nationally accredited Child Development Center as part of the Help is Here tour. Dr. Biden stopped in Alabama to amplify how the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 addresses childhood poverty. “What an amazing 118th birthday present for YWCA Central Alabama to be in the national spotlight for our work to address the needs of women and their families,” Dr. LaRhonda Magras said. Magras gave the First Lady a tour of YWCA Central Alabama’s Child Development Center and shared with her that it is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Free Prom Dresses Available

April 9, 2021

My Sister's Closet Partners with Hope with Grace to Offer Free Prom Dresses

The pandemic might have changed a great deal for many, but prom can still be special for area high school students. YWCA Central Alabama's My Sister's Closet is partnering with Hope with Grace to offer free prom dresses to area girls. The gorgeous assortment of new and gently used gowns and shoes is available to all who need them. Appointments can be scheduled by contacting 205-401-7493. Hope with Grace is at 1913 Avenue F, Ensley, AL 36218.

CREW Camp for Teens

March 23, 2021

YWCA Central Alabama's Family Resource Center annually conducts CREW (Creating Responsible Educated Working teens). CREW is a virtual/in-person four- to seven-week summer enrichment program that primarily serves Woodlawn teens entering 9th-12th grades. However, other high school students within the Greater Birmingham area are also encouraged to apply for the June 7-July 2, 2021, camp. #YWCACrew2021

Virtual Purse & Passion April 29

March 17, 2021

YWCA Central Alabama's annual Purse & Passion program will be livestreamed Thursday, April 29 at 11:30 a.m. (CDT). Tune in to hear powerful stories from families the YW serves. Some Table Captains will also host viewing parties at their homes. Virtual guests can log in to view the livecast from anywhere. Don't miss the YW's largest fundraiser, which raises more than $600,000 each year to support YWCA Central Alabama's domestic violence services; child and youth development programs; and safe, affordable housing. Register or give at purseandpassion.swell.gives.

My Sister’s Closet Now Open

March 17, 2021

YWCA Central Alabama’s My Sister’s Closet reopened to the public on March 15, 2021, after one year of closed doors due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Shoppers are welcome to visit the resale boutique at 2324 3rd Avenue North next to YWCA Central Alabama in downtown Birmingham. New store hours are 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Thursday under strict COVID-safe protocol.

Host a Virtual Toy Drive

May 11, 2020

It's time to Stuff the Sleigh for YWCA!  

All summerlong, we're helping the big man out and gathering new, unwrapped toys, books, gift cards, stocking stuffers, and more for our annual Santa's Workshop event!

Join in the Santa in the Summer fun and help us provide a magical holiday season for children of all ages living in local homeless shelters and transitional housing.

There are 3 ways to help:

Thanks for KIDS Korner Support

February 14, 2020

YWCA Central Alabama hosted its KIDS Korner Luncheon on Feb. 13, 2020, and raised $141,996 (and counting) to support our child development program for children from homeless and low-income families. 

YWCA Honors Yolanda N. Sullivan

January 30, 2020

YWCA Central Alabama honored recently retired CEO Yolanda N. Sullivan as 2019 Jeana P. Hosch Woman of Valor. The award was presented Jan. 30, 2020, at the board’s Annual Meeting. This honor is bestowed each year upon deserving extraordinary, inspirational leaders who work tirelessly to care for women, children and families in the community.

Attend 2020 KIDS Korner Luncheon

January 16, 2020

At YWCA Central Alabama, we believe those who have the least deserve the very best start in life. That’s why we offer a nationally-accredited child and youth development program for children of low-income, homeless and working families. Join us at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 13 for our 13th annual KIDS Korner Luncheon at the BJCC East Ballroom.