Weekly Stories

YWCA observes Week Without Violence with Oct. 17 Walk & Vigil

October 15, 2019

Each year 30 percent of the nation’s female murder victims are killed by intimate partners. YWCA identifies them as “silent witnesses” and hosts a vigil in their memory. YWCA Central Alabama invites the community to its annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Walk & Vigil Thursday, Oct. 17. It is part of a two-fold event the local agency will host during National Week Without Violence.

YWCA Central Alabama and CEO spotlighted on a national podcast

October 11, 2019

Birmingham, Al – YWCA Central Alabama’s recently seated CEO is featured on Friday’s Organize your Butterflies, an original podcast of YWCA USA.  Each episode discusses the way women, including amazing YWCA leaders, help women, girls, and families. Topics include organizing, strategizing, and mobilizing around issues like equal pay, domestic violence, women’s entrepreneurship, and so much more, and how YOU can get involved.

YW Residents Enjoyed Giving Back

October 1, 2019

On Sept. 23 and in preparation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, four YWCA Central Alabama volunteers pinned 1,000 purple ribbons to DV stat cards. Two of the volunteers are residents in YW's downtown Birmingham building, and both shared how much they enjoyed serving. The volunteers asked to be informed about other volunteer opportunities. Mary Golston shared that this was the first time in her 12 years as a resident that she has had a chance to volunteer. To learn more about YW volunteer opportunities, contact Volunteer Manager Valerie Johnson, 205.322.9922 ext.

YWCA observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October

October 1, 2019

According to the National Statistics Domestic Violence Fact Sheet,1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. These facts should not be ignored. In October, the nation observes National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and shines a spotlight on what each of us can do to end intimate partner violence. 

YWCA Central Alabama celebrates community at its eleventh annual Purse and Passion St. Clair County Luncheon

August 9, 2019

YWCA Central Alabama hosted its Eleventh annual Purse and Passion St. Clair County Luncheon on Thursday, August 8th at First United Methodist Church in Pell City.  The annual event raises funds for the YW’s domestic violence services in St. Clair County.  Collectively over the past ten years, the event has raised over $650,000 for the YW’s domestic violence shelter and client services like court advocacy, case management, and legal assistance in the county.  This year’s event raised over $54,000 towards YWCA Domestic Violence shelter and services in St. Clair County.

YWCA Central Alabama receives grant from Publix Super Markets Charities

July 30, 2019

YWCA Central Alabama will continue to make a difference in the Woodlawn Communitythanks in part to the generosity of Publix Super Market Charities.  Publix Charities presented the nonprofit with a $10,000 grant for affordable housing and homelessness services in the Woodlawn Community which aligns with the funder's focus on youth, education, reducing hunger, and alleviating homelessness in the community.

YWCA Central Alabama Board of Directors select an industry veteran to lead the longtime Birmingham agency

July 9, 2019

The Board of Directors of the YWCA Central Alabama is delighted to announce that LaRhonda Magras, EdD., has been elected CEO of the organization, effective September 1, 2019.  

Currently Senior Vice President, Program & Operations with YWCA Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Magras succeeds Yolanda Sullivan, who retired as CEO late last year.  Patricia Hoban-Moore will continue as Interim CEO through August 2019.

Stand Against Racism

May 7, 2019

YWCA Central Alabama joined YWCA USA’s national campaign, “Stand Against Racism,” to educate, advocate, and promote racial justice. Stand Against Racism is a four -day opportunity, April 25 – April 28, 2019, for members and various organization in the community to find an issue or cause that inspires them to stand against racism.

YWCA Central Alabama 20th Annual Purse and Passion, the Power of 20

April 19, 2019

Birmingham, AL– The YWCA Central Alabama hosted its 20th Annual Purse and Passion Luncheon.  The event was titled the Power of 20, in honor of the event’s 20th year.   Maggie Brooke, President of the YWCA Central Alabama Board of Directors, reflected on the many lives impacted by the organization’s programs over the 20 years of Purse and Passion. Nearly 1,500 guests opened their purses and wallets to support the YW’s mission. The luncheon was held on April 18, 2019 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.