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YWCA Holds Second Annual YWhisper Event

June 6, 2013

Homelessness, domestic violence and racism are uncomfortable subjects that are often avoided in society, especially in social situations. YWhisper is designed to encourage this “uncomfortable conversation.” The YWCA Central Alabama will hold its second annual YWhisper today – Thursday, June 6th at REV Birmingham’s SocialVenture event space located at 5529 1st Avenue South. 

Anytown Alabama and The Cycle of Socialization

June 4, 2013

The YWCA Central Alabama has two overarching pieces to its mission: eliminating racism and empowering women. When reflecting on eliminating racism in the digital age, we decided to blog about social justice issues in our community and the ways that our community is responding. This week, we’re kicking off our blog by focusing on a YWCA program.

YWCA Youth Receive Summer Camp Scholarships

May 31, 2013

Resolute Running is hosting a summer youth camp, and thanks to the thoughtfulness of staff members, two lucky girls from YWoodlawn have been provided with scholarships to attend two sessions each.

The camps, led by Joy Braun-Gonzalez and Ann Cade Thomas, will focus on teaching kids how to have fun being active, enjoy overall fitness, train to be a runner and much more! Children will range in age from 8 – 13 years old and sessions will be held in June and July. 

YWCA Tours Former AmeriCorps Executives

May 23, 2013

The YWCA Central Alabama had the rare privilege to share its AmeriCorps program with former Pennsylvania Senator Harris Wofford and John Gomperts, President and CEO of America’s Promise. Wofford and Gomperts previously served in leadership positions with the AmeriCorps program. Gomperts served as the former AmeriCorps Director, while Wofford was instrumental in the legislation creating AmeriCorps. 

YWCA Receives a Spring Treat from Members of Pell City United Methodist Church

May 17, 2013

Fifteen Members from Pell City United Methodist Church donned their gardening gloves to give the YWCA’s Our Place shelter a “spruce up” just in time for spring. As part of their “Worship Without Walls” community mission, parishioners volunteer to serve in the community rather than attend worship services. Our Place was selected as a service site and volunteers cleaned out flower beds around the shelter and revamped the landscaped areas in the front. 

YWCA Holds Annual Mother's Day Flower Sale

May 7, 2013

It’s a Mother’s Day tradition at the YWCA to honor mothers by raising funds and awareness for KIDS (Kids in Distress) Korner, the YWCA’s homeless child care center. The tradition continues with the 28th Annual Mother’s Day Flower Sale that will be held on Friday, May 10, 2013. 

YWCA Holds Annual Purse & Passion Luncheon

May 2, 2013

The YWCA was excited to continue our yearlong 110th birthday celebration at this year’s 14th Annual Purse & Passion Luncheon. Attendees were shown a special video featuring students from the YWCA child care center reflecting on what it is like to be 110 years old, sending the YW birthday wishes and singing “Happy Birthday” to the YWCA.

YWCA After-School Participants Enjoy Spring Break Activities

April 19, 2013

Spring Break is a highly anticipated time of rest and relaxation for area students each year. Many students travel with their families while others participate in various other extra-curricular activities throughout the week. However, if you are a child who lives in an area shelter, opportunities like these are few and far between.

YWCA Hosts Pre-K Demonstration for State Lawmakers

April 12, 2013

Students from the YWCA Central Alabama Pre-K program were part of a demonstration for members of the Jefferson County area state legislative delegation which showcased hands-on math, science and technology activities.

“We were glad to host this press conference to encourage the public and legislature to get behind increased funding for Alabama’s Pre-K,” said Suzanne Durham, YWCA CEO. “All of this state’s children are our children.”

YWCA Empowers Teenage Girls by Hosting Prom Dress Giveaway

April 5, 2013

Prom season is just around the corner and for many local teenage girls, the dream of attending prom has become a reality thanks in large part to the Prom Dress Giveaway hosted by My Sister’s Closet, the YWCA Central Alabama’s resale shop.