YW COVID-19 Response

 

YWCA Central Alabama
Delivers Critical Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

YWCA Central Alabama is serving on the frontline of this public health crisis and will help vulnerable families, women, and children pick up the pieces when it concludes.

The YW endeavors to strengthen communities in Jefferson, St. Clair, and Blount counties by providing shelter, housing, food, child care, youth programming, advocacy, and domestic violence services.

While YWCA adheres to COVID-19 guidelines and regulations, we're also finding creative ways to continue crucial services and prepare for life after the coronavirus pandemic. We hope you’ll help us provide shelter, dignity, hope, and a strong foundation as we help those we serve to find the strength to rebuild their lives.

Here is how you can help:

    Donate: ywca central Alabama                       DONATE: NATIONAL YWCA EMERGENCY FUND   

 

“While we are all focused on our mission, we also take an active role in doing our part to eliminate the spread of COVID-19.  We telework. We are social distancing. We continue to follow crucial guidelines from our CDC and health officials in hopes of bringing an end to this pandemic.”

 – YWCA Central Alabama alert to staff

 

 

COVID-19 YWCA Central Alabama response:

YWCA Central Alabama has taken proactive steps to protect our clients, staff, and community.  Based on CDC and other health officials' preventive measures and social distancing recommendations, it is with heavy hearts that we suspend the following activities effective March 16, 2020, until further notice (allowing staff to work remotely): Outreach, volunteers, meetings, events, My Sister's Closet, Family Resource Center, Child Development Center, and Supervised Visitation and Exchange.

Staff is still available via email and telephone. For general inquiries, email ywcacommunications@ywcabham.org. For additional updates, please follow @YWCACentralAL on social media.

YWCA Central Alabama's critical domestic violence shelters in Jefferson and St. Clair counties and 24-hour crisis line will continue with normal access. If you need help or have questions about domestic violence, please call (205) 322-4878 (HURT). Please take care of yourselves and each other. 

 

General Info About YWCA Services

Even during a pandemic, YWCA Central Alabama continues to advance our mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

  • YWCA Central Alabama shelters and housing remain operational with essential personnel.
  • The YW domestic violence crisis line, (205) 322-4878, is available 24/7.
  • The majority of the staff is working remotely, so calls made to (205) 322-9922 are automatically re-routed to the appropriate departments.
  • The YW offers remote advocacy, counseling, and family law services for Blount, Jefferson, and St. Clair counties. In addition, domestic violence survivors who need referrals, resources, and/or assistance with filing a protection from abuse (PFA) petition in Jefferson County may call a YWCA advocate (8 a.m.-5 p.m., M-F) at (205) 600-9068.
  • Access to all YWCA Central Alabama facilities is restricted to only essential personnel and functions. The situation is being monitored, so the official date of return to normal operations will be announced accordingly.
  • Please refer any questions to ywcacommunications@ywcabham.org

 

In-person, In-kind Donations & Volunteerism:

Out of an abundance of caution, access to YWCA Central Alabama facilities is temporarily limited for anyone who does not have to be onsite. Safety measures include encouraging online ordering of wish list items with direct delivery to YWCA Central Alabama (Attn: In-kind Donations) when possible. For information about volunteering, visit our volunteer engagement page. Refer questions to (205) 322.9922 or ywcacommunications@ywcabham.org.

 

Upcoming Events: 

 

 

YWCA USA’s COVID-19 Statements

 

 

YWCA Central Alabama in the News

 

Information from YWCA USA

 

 

COVID-19 Resources

 

General Information

Kids & Families

   

 

YWCA Central Alabama will continue to update
this
page as new information becomes available.

For more information on COVID-19 and how you can keep you and your loved ones safe, please refer to the World Health Organization and/or the Centers for Disease Control. Please note that YWCA does not recommend or endorse any particular source, and references above are meant as suggestions.

Please support YWCA Central Alabama by donating online at YWCABham.org/donate or texting YWCA to 41411. You may also choose to support the YWCA USA COVID-19 Emergency Relief and Community Resiliency Fund.

 

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