Weekly Stories

YWoodlawn Housing Initiative Recognized with 2014 Mayor’s Award

August 5, 2014

The YWCA Central Alabama holds itself to a degree of excellence and outstanding character when it comes to the care and concern of our residents and housing. Improving living conditions and offering positive opportunities for everyone means not only providing a comfortable bed, but also fostering and strengthening communities. The YW is proud of the services we provide our community and we are beyond thankful and humbled when others recognize them as well.

ASEP Gears Up for Summer Enrichment Program

May 29, 2014

Summertime for many students means a long-awaited break from classes and homework, going on trips with family and friends and having more time to play outside. Summertime is also when students leave behind some of what they learned during the school year, requiring a refresher when returning in August. For students that already find it hard to keep up in school, summertime can create a devastating impact on their retention rate.

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.

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.

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 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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