Weekly Stories

YWCA Holds Fourth Annual Luncheon in St. Clair County

August 29, 2012

The YWCA Central Alabama held the Fourth Annual Purse & Passion St. Clair County Luncheon on August 23rd at The Beacon in Pell City, Alabama. The Luncheon, chaired by YW Board member Dr. Jenny Gauld, raised over $54,000 to support Our Place, the YWCA's domestic violence shelter in St. Clair County that offers a broad array of domestic violence services to women and families in the area. 

YWCA Summer Intern Makes an Impact

August 22, 2012

After completing a summer internship with the YWCA's Social Justice department, Kelsie Overton, a student at Birmingham-Southern College (BSC), is returning to school with a new understanding of the broad array of programs and services provided by the YWCA.

Overton, a native of Nashville, was initially introduced to the YWCA during her Woodlawn Interim service-learning class at BSC. During that four week class, students focused on the developmental and educational issues facing Woodlawn and other communities in Birmingham.

YWCA Central Alabama Celebrate AmeriCorps Champions of Service

August 15, 2012

The YWCA Central Alabama "Building Communities, Bettering Lives" AmeriCorps program is pleased to recognize and congratulate its 2012 Champions of Service, Mary Chiles and Kellie Cosby.

Chosen by peers and staff, from among the 24 YWCA AmeriCorps members, Chiles and Cosby were honored for their outstanding service, leadership and initiative at a statewide AmeriCorps graduation ceremony last week in Montgomery.

YWCA Central Alabama Holds Graduation Ceremony for Summer CREW Participants

August 8, 2012

The YWCA Family Resource Center in Woodlawn was recently filled with laughter and smiles as 17 teenagers celebrated their graduation from the Summer CREW program, a partnership between the YWCA Central Alabama and the Woodlawn Foundation.

As the graduates entered the room, the growth that had taken place in these teenagers was evident. In eight short weeks, these young men and young women who initially entered the program with no expectations had blossomed into hard-working and responsible young adults equipped with valuable life skills that will serve them well for years to come.

YWCA Central Alabama To Host YWhisper Series of Events

August 1, 2012

Over 100 young professionals recently gathered atop the Kress Building to engage in "uncomfortable cocktail conversation" at the YWCA's inaugural YWhisper event.

YWhisper is a series of events designed to engage Birmingham young professionals and to highlight and promote the programs and services of the YWCA.

Homelessness, domestic violence and racism are uncomfortable subjects. It is the responsibility of the young leaders in this community to not only speak up, but to speak out about these important community issues. 

YWCA Hosts YouthServe Urban Service Camps

July 24, 2012

For three weeks during the summer, the YWCA staff greeted three very excited groups of teenagers who, with sleeping bags and suitcases in tow, made the YW their home for one week. This summer, 96 local youth participated in YouthServe's annual Urban Service Camp.

Birmingham Quilter's Guild Stops by YWCA for Christmas in July

July 18, 2012


The YWCA Central Alabama recently celebrated Christmas in July when 23 elves from the Birmingham Quilters Guild (BQG) stopped by to help prepare for Santa's Workshop.

Sewing machines and cutting boards covered the Sloss Room at the YWCA as members of the BQG made over 600 items for Santa's Workshop which is held every December.

YWCA Central Alabama to Host Inaugural YWhisper Event

July 11, 2012

Homelessness, domestic violence and racism are uncomfortable subjects that are often avoided in society, especially in social situations. In an effort to encourage open dialogue about these critical problems that are plaguing the Birmingham community, the YWCA Central Alabama will be hosting its inaugural YWhisper event on Wednesday, July 18th.

YWhisper is an event designed to engage Birmingham young professionals and others and to highlight and promote the programs and services of the YWCA - it's "not your typical cocktail conversation."

Preventing the Summer Slide

July 3, 2012

The importance of summer enrichment is becoming more and more important to the children that the YWCA serves. Over the past year, the YWCA has participated in a citywide workgroup sponsored by Belk and the Summer Learning Institute to determine summer needs, strengths and develop a work plan. This research indicated that children experience a learning phenomenon called "Summer Slide." This means that children who do not maintain their academic skills through the summer experience a loss. This is especially concerning for children who may already be behind.

YWCA Central Alabama Hosts Summer CREW Work Program for Area Teens

June 27, 2012

Summer is in full swing in YWoodlawn and the housing staff and AmeriCorps members at the Family Resource Center are working cooperatively with the Woodlawn Foundation to host the Summer CREW program that is providing work training and enrichment opportunities for our YWoodlawn teens age 14-18.