November 18, 2016
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YWCA Central Alabama friends and supporters were well represented during the recent National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, hosted by the Alabama chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The event is designed to recognize exceptional volunteers and donors in Birmingham, their contributions and the impact they make in the community.
The children at YWCA Central Alabama have a new wonderland of plants to touch and smell, a sensory table to explore, a roots viewing box to watch, and even more teaching moments that "secretly" instruct.
Employees of Bhate Environmental Associates, Inc. recently spent the day landscaping the YW’s Joan Hicks Intergenerational Playground. They pressure washed the area, painted and planted flowers, herbs and vegetables.
“If something doesn’t ‘feel’ right, that’s because it isn’t. Trust your instincts.” That’s the advice a domestic violence victim served by YWCA Central Alabama has for others who wonder if they are in unhealthy relationships.
Her statement was part of a project during a recent art therapy class led by Marlyse Hirschy, a counselor at the YW. The class allows victims to “share the hope, strength, beauty, and ways of coping that they have created out of their broken places,” Hirschy said.
Ron and Jan Kimble’s lives were forever changed by a knock on the door in the middle of the night. Two police officers had come to their Charlotte, North Carolina home to tell them that their 31-year-old daughter, Jamie, had been shot to death by her boyfriend.
“We were in shock,” Jan said during a recent visit to YWCA Central Alabama, where the couple met with police officers, court officials and advocates for domestic violence victims to share ideas and resources.
In the first half of 2016, at least 13 Jefferson County residents lost their lives to domestic violence. That’s more than twice the number killed in the county in all of 2015, and it illustrates the importance of YWCA Central Alabama’s domestic violence prevention efforts.
“We are working every day to save lives,” said Annetta Nunn, community outreach coordinator. “By educating people about the warning signs of domestic violence and how to seek help, we hope to encourage as many victims as possible to escape their abusive relationships before it’s too late.”
For more than 30 years, YWCA Central Alabama’s Junior Board members have made quite an impact on the lives of so many, especially the YW’s children.
The group recently welcomed nine new members who will help raise awareness about the YWCA’s programs and funds to support them. Joining the Junior Board this year are Julia Bevill, Yonti Brown, Megan Chenoweth, Martha Foster, Jessica Oliver, Breauna Peterson, Ann Watford, Ann Bailey White and Ginny Willings.
Do you shop at Piggly Wiggly, eat at Cantina or get a craving for Roly Poly, Donato's Pizza or Nothing But Noodles? If so, you can help YWCA Central Alabama through your everyday purchases at these and many other businesses.
We are excited to announce that the YW has partnered with Planet Fundraiser which makes it even easier to support women, children and families in crisis.
The theme of the Eighth Annual Purse & Passion St. Clair County Luncheon was “Planting Seeds of Hope,” and the 425 guests sent a strong message to let domestic violence victims from St. Clair and Blount counties know that they are not alone.
JaKwan Tamper and Olivia Blakney, both upcoming seniors at Woodlawn High School, have spent the past two summers preparing for the rest of their lives.
As participants in YWCA Central Alabama’s CREW (Creating Responsible Educated Working teens) program, they’ve learned what it takes to be good employees, toured college campuses, practiced their interview skills and learned to budget money.