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YWCA Central Alabama AmeriCorps Awarded National Leadership Honor

September 13, 2018

America’s Service Commission (ASC) recognized YWCA Central Alabama’s “Building Communities, Bettering Lives” (BCBL) AmeriCorps program as the 2018 Outstanding Service Program. This award was given as part of ASC’s Innovation and Leadership Awards, an annual program held in the Washington, DC area to recognize the leadership and accomplishments of state service commission staff, commissioners, and service programs throughout the United States and its territories.

Happy Birthday AmeriCorps!

September 10, 2018

On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, YWCA Central Alabama’s “Building Communities, Bettering Lives” (BCBL) AmeriCorps program welcomed its 10th program year of new AmeriCorps members. Forty women and men from around the country have committed to take part in a year of full-time, direct service benefiting the YWCA and its 16 non-profit partner agencies throughout the community.

Coca-Cola United Employees Get Dirty for our Child Development Center

August 30, 2018

Employees of Coca-Cola United visited YWCA Central Alabama to give its Child Development Center (CDC) a little tender love and care. The group of 10 volunteers kicked off their visit with a tour of the center that houses Calico Corner, KIDS Korner and the YWCA’s After-School Enrichment Program for Homeless Children (ASEP). The YWCA’s nationally accredited CDC features several classrooms with varying designs based on the students’ needs, two playgrounds, an indoor play area and a learning kitchen that teaches students motor skills, self-sufficiency and independence.

Creating Responsible Educated Working Teens

August 8, 2018

Creating Responsible Educated Working Teens

CREW, also known as the Creating Responsible Educated Working Teens program, is a summer enrichment opportunity for Birmingham area teens. The YWCA of Central Alabama, in coordination with Woodlawn Foundation, PNC Bank, Protective Life, Charles and Estelle Campbell Foundation and Mike and Gillian Goodrich Foundation, annually conducts this program to provide Birmingham teens a positive option for how to fill their summer breaks.

2018 Anytown Alabama Summit –Where Students Become Leaders

June 21, 2018

“Everything that I learned this week is something that I can take into the real world and really use,” said Anytown delegate Patrick Evans at the closing graduation ceremony. “And, I really appreciated how everyone was willing to work with us – we really all connected and it was an amazing experience.”

YWCA's 19th Annual Purse & Passion Luncheon Helps Transform Lives

April 27, 2018

After leaving an abusive marriage and turning to YWCA Central Alabama for help, Tessie found the support she needed to transform her situation “from gloom and doom to thriving.”

Tessie’s story was highlighted at the YWCA’s 19th Annual Purse & Passion Luncheon, held April 26 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. More than 1,400 supporters attended the event and opened their purses and wallets to raise critical funds to help the women, children and families served by the YWCA.

Girls Find Gowns of Their Dreams at YWCA's Prom Palooza

March 30, 2018

Ivalee Smith took a long look at herself in the mirror and beamed. She wore a dark gray gown with beading that resembled shooting stars, and the result was magical. “I felt absolutely beautiful,” she said later. “I felt like I was wearing the night sky.”

The 17-year-old high school senior recently found the dress of her dreams during one of YWCA Central Alabama’s Prom Palooza events held in Birmingham and Pell City. The YW provided free prom dresses and accessories to 222 girls, filling a tremendous need.