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Educational Disparities, Disengaged Electorate

September 6, 2013

For Birmingham City Schools, class started on August 19th. The summer was over and a more consistent routine had begun. A week into school, on Tuesday, August 27th, many of these students had survived their first pop quiz in math, they were several chapters into their history textbooks, and they were thinking about Labor Day and their first break from this routine. August 27th passed with little fanfare.

YWCA Receives Donation from Thirty One

September 5, 2013

The YWCA received a wonderful surprise from YWCA supporter Amanda Graves, National Executive Director of Thirty-One Gifts, and the more than 40 other consultants and directors from Thirty-One. As part of their Thirty-One Gives initiative, they collected items to donate to the YWCA from our KIDS (Kids in Distress) Korner wish list and women’s clothing and accessories for My Sister’s Closet.

Anger, Energy, Compassion and Service

September 3, 2013

Stacy Oliver recently completed her second year of AmeriCorps service through the Building Communities, Bettering Lives program. She has served as the Community Outreach & Communications Assistant for a YW partner agency, One Roof, and has also served as a volunteer for YWCA and YWoodlawn programs and events.

Stereotypes and Socialization

August 27, 2013

Deidra K. Perry is an active YW Board Member and visited Anytown Alabama this year to see the program in action. She has addressed audiences in the US and abroad on topics of diversity, leadership and mixed generations in the workplace. Professionally, Deidra is the Sales Manager of Birmingham Magazine/AL.com.

YWCA Hosts Fifth Annual Purse & Passion St. Clair County Luncheon

August 22, 2013

The YWCA Central Alabama hosted its Fifth Annual Purse & Passion St. Clair County Luncheon today at Pell City First United Methodist Church. The Luncheon chaired by Honorary YW Board Member Dr. Virginia Gauld raises money 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. This year Purse & Passion St. Clair County raised $72,559 and counting!

Where do we go from here?

August 15, 2013

Gregory C. Townsend is currently a co-chair for the Birmingham Metro Diversity Coalition.  He holds a Master of Arts in Public and Private Management from Birmingham Southern College and is very active in his community where he has served on numerous community agency boards and volunteered with many groups to empower families and high-risk youth. Gregory is married to Pamela and they have two daughters Sh’Nese (25) and Ashleigh (17). They attend the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church where Gregory serves as an outreach/evangelism coordinator.

YWCA AmeriCorps Members Participate in Camp APAC

August 14, 2013

YWCA Central Alabama has 32 AmeriCorps members serving in areas supporting the homeless population, social justice initiatives, child care and after-school enrichment, girl’s and women’s leadership, domestic violence services, persons with disabilities, housing and economic development. 

Learning About Advocacy: My Summer as a Hess Fellow

August 13, 2013

Hope Lloyd is a rising senior at Birmingham-Southern College (BSC). She was selected to participate in BSC's Hess Fellows Program - a program that pairs students with nonprofit organizations dedicated to advocacy.

YWCA Honored as one of Birmingham's Most Admired Companies

August 7, 2013

The YWCA Central Alabama was recently recognized as one of the Birmingham Business Journal’s Most Admired Companies of 2013. Other honorees in the nonprofit category included Salvation Army, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and award recipient, United Way of Central Alabama.

When asked why she believes the YWCA was chosen as a company to admire, YWCA CEO Suzanne Durham says, “For 110 years, the YWCA has been responding to critical needs of women and their families; often serving populations no one else does.”

RACE: Are We So Different?

August 6, 2013

Kimmie Farris is spending her summer as the AmeriCorps Administrator at the YWCA. She recently completed a master’s in English literature at The University of Alabama and is entering a doctorate program for English literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall.