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Child Tax Credit

July 14, 2021

Millions of families across America will receive tax credits or payments beginning July 15 to help cover the costs of raising children. Instead of waiting until the end of the year, parents will be able to collect up to $300/month per child, and they get to choose how they spend it. This could mean $900 a month for low-income moms with three children.

BUT… some families will only receive these funds if they file a tax return for last year – whether or not they owe taxes.

Here’s what you need to know:

Books We're Into: June

June 28, 2021

Evicted: Poverty &Profit in the American City (2017)

by Matthew Desmond

Housing and economic disparities plague communities across the nation. Matthew Desmond chronicles the lived experiences of eight Milwaukee families forced out of their homes. Evicted takes a hard look at the ills of capitalism, exploitation, and poverty.

Back-to-School Block Party July 31

June 23, 2021

Join YWCA Central Alabama for the inaugural Family Reunion: Block Party Edition on Saturday, July 31 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. We're giving away free food, door prizes, and back-to-school supplies. The registration deadline is Tuesday, July 20. We are also looking for volunteers and door prize donations. For more information, contact 205.949.5550 or frc@ywcabham.org.

June 15 Training Regarding Trauma of Strangulation

June 15, 2021

Strangulation Training for Professionals

Strangulation has been identified as one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence. This powerful form of abuse is sometimes compelling reinforcement to the victim that their abuser decides their fate.

CALL TO ACTION: VOCA Fix Act in the Senate

June 8, 2021

On March 17, the House of Representatives passed the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 (“the VOCA Fix Act”) with overwhelming bipartisan support. This critical legislation will prevent devastating cuts to federal funding for victim service programs through the Victims of Crime Act (“VOCA”). However, we have yet to see movement on the Senate companion bill, S.611.

Stand Against Racism: Take the Pledge

April 22, 2021

YWCA is on a mission to #StandAgainstRacism! We are raising awareness about the impact of institutional and structural racism and building community among those who work for racial justice. This year, the annual Stand Against Racism campaign (April 22-25) focuses on the myriad of racial justice issues that have resulted in a public health crisis within communities of color. As we highlight the importance of understanding how racism affects the economic and social determinants of health, we hope you'll join us and TAKE THE PLEDGE!

YWCA Launches WE360 Program for Women and Girl Entrepreneurs

April 7, 2021

YWCA Central Alabama has launched a new initiative with a two-generation approach to empowering women and girl entrepreneurs. YWCA’s WE360 Business Essentials is a life-changing partnership with Ureeka, an online platform dedicated to helping women and entrepreneurs of color own their own business. WE360 is funded by YWCA USA through a grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation. The first cohort of 36 (chosen from 68) applicants from the metro-Birmingham area are participating this spring. A second cohort of entrepreneurs will be announced in the fall.

Movies for the Movement

March 23, 2021

Each month, YWCA Central Alabama will feature movies that highlight, celebrate, or focus on promoting women's empowerment and communities of color. These films will also help to generate conversations addressing sexism, racism, classism, and other forms of oppression. You can watch these films alone or with your family. You can also use these viewings to engage a small group, with students, or at your workplace.