Over 1,300 friends and supporters, old and new, came to the Downtown Sheraton Hotel Ballroom on April 24 for the 15th Annual Purse & Passion Luncheon to honor and support the services offered by the YWCA. Being the 15th Purse & Passion, the theme of this year’s luncheon was “Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present and Looking Towards the Future.” The Purse & Passion Luncheon is the YWCA’s single largest fundraiser.
Rev. Stephanie York Arnold is a pastor at Birmingham First United Methodist Church. She is passionate about serving in a downtown church because it provides her the opportunity to truly embrace a diverse group of people and live out her church’s mission statement to be an OPEN place for ALL. Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Alabama and Memphis Theological Seminary. She and her family have been residents in Birmingham since 1999.
This week we are re-posting a blog post about a workshop on privilege at Anytown Alabama. Anytown is a one week social justice camp empowering high school students to become leaders in their communities. This summer Anytown is June 1st-7th and we are looking for rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders to attend!
In 2013, the YWCA Central Alabama provided over 13,000 days of child care to 114 children of homeless and low-income families, 9,393 clothing items to 770 people at no cost and supplied legal and court advocacy services for 3,952 victims of domestic abuse. But it isn’t just the numbers that make the YWCA Central Alabama a leading nonprofit, it’s the immeasurable amount of support we receive from thousands of volunteers.
Stacy Oliver is an alumni of the YWCA’s Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program and is currently the Community Outreach Coordinator for One Roof.
Josh Helms is an AmeriCorps member serving at One Roof. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama. He lives with his partner and their cat.