Weekly Stories

YWCA Receives National Planning Award for Woodlawn Revitalization

February 13, 2013

The YWCA Central Alabama is honored to be the recipient of the American Planning Association's (APA) 2013 National Planning Excellence Award for Advancing Diversity & Social Change in Honor of Paul Davidoff. The award comes as a result of a multimillion dollar urban neighborhood revitalization effort implemented in the Woodlawn community. 

YWCA Central Alabama Hosting National Day of Action on Predatory Lending

February 6, 2013

The YWCA Central Alabama will be hosting a National Day of Action on Thursday, February 14th at 11:30 a.m. People from all across the Birmingham region are invited to gather together and call for changes to laws which allow certain lenders to charge predatory rates. These predatory loans have a devastating affect on our neighbors, and we want you to come out and lend your voice in the fight against abusive lending practices. 

YWCA Tours Jefferson County State Senators

January 25, 2013

The YWCA was pleased to have several members of the Jefferson County Senate Delegation at our Downtown and Woodlawn locations. The senators began by taking a walk through our NAEYC accredited child care center before heading to view firsthand the revitalization work that is being done in Woodlawn which includes four apartment complexes with 58 units of affordable housing, a KaBOOM! playground, Interfaith Hospitality House, a shelter for intact, homeless families, a community garden and a Family Resource Center.

YWCA AmeriCorps Members Participate in MLK Unity Walk

January 16, 2013

While most employees look forward to a day off in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., the YWCA Central Alabama's AmeriCorps members look forward to a day ON! MLK Day is a national day of service for all members of AmeriCorps, and the YWCA's AmeriCorps members chose to further Dr. King's dream by participating in the Birmingham Metro Diversity Coalition's (BMDC) MLK Unity Walk, which was held on January 12th. Members will also be attending the MLK Unity Breakfast on January 21st in observance of the MLK holiday. 

YWCA After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) Increases Participation by Thirty Percent

January 11, 2013

Thanks to the generosity of The Belk Foundation and Birmingham City Schools, the YWCA After-School Enrichment Program (ASEP) can now offer quality after-school programs to an increased number of children. With the recent additions to funding, program participation has grown by thirty percent and this is only the beginning! It has also allowed our staff to expand the range of services that will be offered to include spring break and summer enrichment programs.

Vestavia Hills Elementary East Brings Holiday Joy to YW Children

January 4, 2013

Students from Vestavia Hills Elementary East shared some holiday cheer with the children in KIDS (Kids in Distress) Korner, the YW’s child care for children of homeless families. Cathy Wall’s third grade class, also known as Wall’s Winners, took a field trip to downtown Birmingham to hand deliver brand new toys that they selected for the children served by the YWCA. 

KPMG Hosts Book Drive to Benefit YWCA Central Alabama

December 13, 2012

This holiday season, KPMG launched Operation Bookitecture, an exciting firm-wide community service project related to KPMG's Family for Literacy program. Understanding what a significant impact books have in the lives of young children, employees at KPMG's Birmingham office recently donated new and gently-used books to help foster the imaginations of the special children whom the YW serves.

YWCA Hosts Lunch and Learn About Predatory Lending Practices

December 6, 2012

The YWCA Central Alabama recently hosted a Lunch & Learn to educate the community about predatory lending practices in Alabama and its impact on citizens. The Lunch & Learn featured Alabama Representative Patricia Todd and Shay Farley, JD, Legal Director of Alabama Appleseed.

YWCA Central Alabama and NCCJ Host Inaugural Race Against Racism

November 29, 2012

As a part of its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, the YWCA Central Alabama recently partnered with the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) of Alabama to sponsor the inaugural Race Against Racism 5K as a part of The Ruben Studdard Celebration Weekend.

With over 600 participants in its first year, the race was intended to unite people of all races, demonstrate our community's commitment to eliminating racism and celebrate our diversity.

YW Junior Board Hosts Festival Full of Tricks and Treats

November 15, 2012

The YWCA's Junior Board of Directors recently partnered with YWCA AmeriCorps members to host a Fall Festival for the children served through the YWCA's child care and After-School Enrichment Program. The Fall Festival provides an opportunity for children to be creative, win prizes and enjoy the fall season in a safe environment, since some children served by the YW do not live in safe neighborhoods.