YWCA Central Alabama

YWCA Central Alabama Eliminating Racism. Empowering Women. #YWCA Central Alabama Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @ywcentralal Since 1903, the YWCA Central Alabama has strived to create a more caring community.

For more than 100 years, the YW continues to plant the seeds of hope providing comfort where there is pain, love where there is loneliness, and a light where there is darkness. The YWCA serves as a place of refuge, responding to the needs of women and their families providing hope and opportunities in a warm, family-like environment. The YWCA Central Alabama’s programs and services focus on three

For more than 100 years, the YW continues to plant the seeds of hope providing comfort where there is pain, love where there is loneliness, and a light where there is darkness. The YWCA serves as a place of refuge, responding to the needs of women and their families providing hope and opportunities in a warm, family-like environment. The YWCA Central Alabama’s programs and services focus on three

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Photos from JeffCo Councilors Coalition (JC3)'s post
10/07/2021

Photos from JeffCo Councilors Coalition (JC3)'s post

💜 October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We are providing multiple opportunities to educate yourself and show you...
10/01/2021

💜 October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We are providing multiple opportunities to educate yourself and show your support in ending domestic violence. This month we encourage you to stand with us against domestic violence.

💜 If you or someone you know are experiencing domestic violence, get immediate help by calling our crisis line at 205.322.HURT(4878).

💜 What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of violence or intimidation in an intimate relationship by one intimate partner against another, designed to establish power and control over the victim. It may be physical, sexual and include psychological abuse or assaults.

#YWCA #DVAM2021

STAFF SPOTLIGHT | Let us introduce you to a few of the newest members to the YWCA Central Alabama Development + Social I...
09/30/2021

STAFF SPOTLIGHT | Let us introduce you to a few of the newest members to the YWCA Central Alabama Development + Social Impact team! Meet Daphney Portis, Kathryn Brantley and Suzanne Stephens.

Daphney's role as the Social Justice Specialist is to connect the YW's services to our mission, listen to the community, and guide the YW to action that truly empowers marginalized people and eliminates social and racial injustice.

Kathryn joined the YWCA of Central Alabama as the Donor Relations Manager. In her role, she will be cultivating donor relationships, overseeing the Junior Board of Directors and assisting in the organization and ex*****on of fundraising events.

As the Database Specialist, Suzanne is responsible for tracking and acknowledging gifts as well as developing and implementing data standards and processes related to the database.

We look forward to introducing you to more of our staff each month!

As many as 1 in 4 eligible Americans is not registered to vote. Take 30 seconds to register to vote, check your registra...
09/28/2021

As many as 1 in 4 eligible Americans is not registered to vote. Take 30 seconds to register to vote, check your registration status, or find a registration event on or offline near you! NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org

#NationalVoterRegistrationDay #VoteReady

As many as 1 in 4 eligible Americans is not registered to vote. Take 30 seconds to register to vote, check your registration status, or find a registration event on or offline near you! NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org

#NationalVoterRegistrationDay #VoteReady

Books We're Into | This month we're looking at "Kindred" by Octavia E. Butler.Science fiction lovers may enjoy Octavia E...
09/27/2021

Books We're Into | This month we're looking at "Kindred" by Octavia E. Butler.

Science fiction lovers may enjoy Octavia E. Butler’s critically acclaimed graphic novel, Kindred. Butler uses an extraordinary historical adventure about two people – a time-traveling Black woman who saves the life of a young, white slaveholder who will one day father her great-grandmother – to skillfully address slavery, race and power, ancestry, human rights, and racial prejudice.

Books We're Into | This month we're looking at "Kindred" by Octavia E. Butler.

Science fiction lovers may enjoy Octavia E. Butler’s critically acclaimed graphic novel, Kindred. Butler uses an extraordinary historical adventure about two people – a time-traveling Black woman who saves the life of a young, white slaveholder who will one day father her great-grandmother – to skillfully address slavery, race and power, ancestry, human rights, and racial prejudice.

Join us at noon today for our YWe Talk Orange Chair Series: Empowering Women of Color in the Workplace, sponsored by Ala...
09/24/2021

Join us at noon today for our YWe Talk Orange Chair Series: Empowering Women of Color in the Workplace, sponsored by Alabama Power!

You can tune into this free webinar by registering at ywcabham.org/ywe-talk or catching our Facebook Live.

Join us at noon today for our YWe Talk Orange Chair Series: Empowering Women of Color in the Workplace, sponsored by Alabama Power!

You can tune into this free webinar by registering at ywcabham.org/ywe-talk or catching our Facebook Live.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 - Oct. 15 and is a time to honor Americans whose ancestors are from Spain, Me...
09/22/2021

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 - Oct. 15 and is a time to honor Americans whose ancestors are from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

This month we encourage you to recognize and support the contributions and influence the Hispanic and Latin American community have imprinted on our culture.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 - Oct. 15 and is a time to honor Americans whose ancestors are from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

This month we encourage you to recognize and support the contributions and influence the Hispanic and Latin American community have imprinted on our culture.

Will you be joining us for Friday's YWe Talk: Empowering Women of Color in the Workplace? Our speaker line up includes: ...
09/21/2021

Will you be joining us for Friday's YWe Talk: Empowering Women of Color in the Workplace? Our speaker line up includes:

🔸 LaShea C. Reaves, MHR, Vice President - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Manager for First Horizon Bank (Orlando, Florida)

🔸 Anita Clemon, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CAAP, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Equity, UAB Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

🔸 Mindy Santo, Mentor Coordinator for Momentum Leaders

🔸 Tar’ Kesa Colvin, MBA, founder/CEO, Influence NOW Media & DREAM4 Impact consultant

🔸 Louise Duncan, Program Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Alabama Power Company

🔸 Yazmin Cavale, co-founder and CEO, GLOW

🔸 LaRhonda Magras, CEO, YWCA Central Alabama

You can still register for this YWe Talk, sponsored by Alabama Power Company, and learn more about our speakers at ywcabham.org/ywe-talk. The free webinar will begin at noon this Friday, Sept. 24.

WE'RE HIRING! If you want to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all in ...
09/17/2021

WE'RE HIRING! If you want to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all in Central Alabama, take a look at our open positions.

We're hiring for the following positions: accountant, child development teacher, director of Community Housing, FRC program assistant, grant administrator, grant writer, maintenance technician and Shelter Services program manager.

Find all available opportunities and descriptions at ywcabham.org/careers.

WE'RE HIRING! If you want to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all in Central Alabama, take a look at our open positions.

We're hiring for the following positions: accountant, child development teacher, director of Community Housing, FRC program assistant, grant administrator, grant writer, maintenance technician and Shelter Services program manager.

Find all available opportunities and descriptions at ywcabham.org/careers.

Today, on the 58th anniversary, we acknowledge the horrific bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church and the dear lives...
09/15/2021

Today, on the 58th anniversary, we acknowledge the horrific bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church and the dear lives lost as a result of hate. Today we remember Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair. Today we work to eliminate the structures that allow this to happen and to uplift women and girls.

#UntilJusticeJustIs YWCA USA

About 1 in 18 (5.5%) women ages 20 and over were unemployed in June 2021, which is nearly 1.8 times higher than their pr...
09/14/2021

About 1 in 18 (5.5%) women ages 20 and over were unemployed in June 2021, which is nearly 1.8 times higher than their pre-pandemic unemployment rate (3.1% - Feb. 2020). Black women and Latinas continue to be hit particularly hard by the economic crisis: Over 1 in 12 Black women ages 20 and over (8.5%) and over 1 in 13 Latinas ages 20 and over (7.9%) were unemployed as of June 2021.

Now, Empowering Women of Color in the Workplace comes into focus as women attempt to reenter the job market and as those who remained employed struggle with long-existing inequities. Join us next Friday, Sept. 24 at noon as our panelists discuss corporate culture, meaningful empowerment, positioning women of color for growth and leadership and more!

Register for our YWe Talk Orange Chair Series, sponsored by Alabama Power at ywcabham.org/ywe-talk.

[Stats sourced from National Women's Law Center https://nwlc.org/resources/97-of-women-who-returned-to-the-labor-force-in-june-are-unemployed-and-looking-for-work/]

Native Women earn approximately $0.60 cents on the dollar of white, non-Hispanic men. Today is Native Women’s Equal Pay ...
09/08/2021

Native Women earn approximately $0.60 cents on the dollar of white, non-Hispanic men. Today is Native Women’s Equal Pay Day and marks the day Native women must work into the new year to catch up with the average white man's earnings from last year.

#NativeWomensEqualPay #NativeWomensEqualPayDay #eliminateracism #empowerwomen #equalpay #womenintheworkforce #nativewomen #nativeamericanwomen #wagegap

Native Women earn approximately $0.60 cents on the dollar of white, non-Hispanic men. Today is Native Women’s Equal Pay Day and marks the day Native women must work into the new year to catch up with the average white man's earnings from last year.

#NativeWomensEqualPay #NativeWomensEqualPayDay #eliminateracism #empowerwomen #equalpay #womenintheworkforce #nativewomen #nativeamericanwomen #wagegap

$20 Stuff the Bag sale happening at our resale boutique today through Thursday! Stop by between 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. to catch...
09/07/2021

$20 Stuff the Bag sale happening at our resale boutique today through Thursday! Stop by between 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. to catch the last of the spring/summer inventory before we transition to fall/winter next week.

In the shadow of the pandemic nightmare, another scary story began to unfold. The “she-cession” saw nearly 3 million Ame...
09/03/2021

In the shadow of the pandemic nightmare, another scary story began to unfold. The “she-cession” saw nearly 3 million American women – the majority of job loss in 2020 – leave the workforce. In December, the rates of long-term unemployment for Asian women, Black women and Latinas hovered around 40%. Now, Empowering Women of Color in the Workplace comes into focus as women attempt to reenter the job market and as those who remained employed struggle with long existing inequities.

This issue raises questions. Are there gender and racial biases that exist as norms in your corporate culture? Can employers support women in ways that uplift them, so they can elevate under their own power? Is it enough to hire women of color in acceptable numbers? Does meaningful empowerment lie in giving women of color a seat at the decision-making table, actively listening to their perspectives and positioning them for growth and leadership? Let’s discuss it.

You can register for this YWe Talk Orange Chair Series, sponsored by Alabama Power, at ywcabham.org/ywe-talk.

In the shadow of the pandemic nightmare, another scary story began to unfold. The “she-cession” saw nearly 3 million American women – the majority of job loss in 2020 – leave the workforce. In December, the rates of long-term unemployment for Asian women, Black women and Latinas hovered around 40%. Now, Empowering Women of Color in the Workplace comes into focus as women attempt to reenter the job market and as those who remained employed struggle with long existing inequities.

This issue raises questions. Are there gender and racial biases that exist as norms in your corporate culture? Can employers support women in ways that uplift them, so they can elevate under their own power? Is it enough to hire women of color in acceptable numbers? Does meaningful empowerment lie in giving women of color a seat at the decision-making table, actively listening to their perspectives and positioning them for growth and leadership? Let’s discuss it.

You can register for this YWe Talk Orange Chair Series, sponsored by Alabama Power, at ywcabham.org/ywe-talk.

We're doing a little Throwback Thursday today! Take a look at what our @familyresourcecenterywca was up to this summer.🔸...
09/03/2021

We're doing a little Throwback Thursday today! Take a look at what our @familyresourcecenterywca was up to this summer.

🔸 Opened our Compensated Workforce Development program.
🔸 Guided 24 students through our CREW program and held a graduation where each student received a Chromebook and, thanks to a PNC grant, $1,000 scholarships were awarded to those entering college this fall.
🔸 Celebrated a special CREW alumni with a college send-off.
🔸 Kicked off our CREW Alumni Network at Top Golf.
🔸 Hosted a Block Party where more than 400 individuals from the community attended, volunteered, served and/or supported. Thank you to all of our community partners and donors who helped make this event fantastic!
🔸 Gave school clothes and supplies to families.

What's up next? We're starting the fall cohort of our WE360 program (keep a look out for more about this next week) and we will be launching our GED prep classes.

You can learn more about all of the programs and services offered at our Family Resource Center at ywcabham.org/family-resource-center.

Books We're Into | This month we're looking at "The Echoing Ida Collection" by Cynthia R. Greenlee, Kemi Alabi, and Jann...
08/31/2021

Books We're Into | This month we're looking at "The Echoing Ida Collection" by Cynthia R. Greenlee, Kemi Alabi, and Janna A. Zinzi

Rooted in reproductive justice, Echoing Ida harnesses the power of media for social justice—amplifying the struggles and successes of contemporary freedom movements in the US.

Founded in 2012, Echoing Ida is a writing collective of Black women and nonbinary writers who—like their foremother Ida B. Wells-Barnett—believe the "way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” Their community reporting spans a wide variety of topics: reproductive justice and abortion politics; new and necessary definitions of family; trans visibility; stigma against Black motherhood; Black mental health; and more.

This anthology collects the best of Echoing Ida for the first time, and features a foreword by Michelle Duster, activist and great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Imagining a gender-expansive and liberated future, these essays affirm the powerful combination of #BlackGirlMagic and the hard, unceasing labor of Black people to reimagine the world in which we live.

Books We're Into | This month we're looking at "The Echoing Ida Collection" by Cynthia R. Greenlee, Kemi Alabi, and Janna A. Zinzi

Rooted in reproductive justice, Echoing Ida harnesses the power of media for social justice—amplifying the struggles and successes of contemporary freedom movements in the US.

Founded in 2012, Echoing Ida is a writing collective of Black women and nonbinary writers who—like their foremother Ida B. Wells-Barnett—believe the "way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” Their community reporting spans a wide variety of topics: reproductive justice and abortion politics; new and necessary definitions of family; trans visibility; stigma against Black motherhood; Black mental health; and more.

This anthology collects the best of Echoing Ida for the first time, and features a foreword by Michelle Duster, activist and great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Imagining a gender-expansive and liberated future, these essays affirm the powerful combination of #BlackGirlMagic and the hard, unceasing labor of Black people to reimagine the world in which we live.

Photos from YWCA Central Alabama's post
08/30/2021

Photos from YWCA Central Alabama's post

101 years ago, women blazed a trail for our generation and the generations of #EmpoweredWomen to come, marching for us t...
08/27/2021

101 years ago, women blazed a trail for our generation and the generations of #EmpoweredWomen to come, marching for us to have a voice in our elections. Today, women—particularly women of color—hold unprecedented roles as candidates and decisive voting constituencies in city, county, state, and national elections all across America. But the work goes on, and ensuring the voices of all women are at the forefront of policy decisions is a driving priority for YWCA.

Use your voice! Take action on health, economic, safety, and social and racial justice priorities directly affecting women and communities of color. https://ywca.quorum.us/actioncenter/

101 years ago, women blazed a trail for our generation and the generations of #EmpoweredWomen to come, marching for us to have a voice in our elections. Today, women—particularly women of color—hold unprecedented roles as candidates and decisive voting constituencies in city, county, state, and national elections all across America. But the work goes on, and ensuring the voices of all women are at the forefront of policy decisions is a driving priority for YWCA.

Use your voice! Take action on health, economic, safety, and social and racial justice priorities directly affecting women and communities of color. https://ywca.quorum.us/actioncenter/

YWCA Central Alabama joins the community in congratulating our mayor, council members and the city's recently elected pu...
08/25/2021

YWCA Central Alabama joins the community in congratulating our mayor, council members and the city's recently elected public officials. We look forward to working with all community partners on issues impacting families, women and children, and marginalized communities.

YWCA Central Alabama is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We've been in the trenches of this work for 118 years and welcome all who want to help us advance our mission.

You're invited to see the work we do for yourself, or we would love to visit and tell you more about our organization. Please take a virtual tour of YWCA Central Alabama https://fb.watch/7C9LFds5IJ/

YWCA Central Alabama joins the community in congratulating our mayor, council members and the city's recently elected public officials. We look forward to working with all community partners on issues impacting families, women and children, and marginalized communities.

YWCA Central Alabama is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We've been in the trenches of this work for 118 years and welcome all who want to help us advance our mission.

You're invited to see the work we do for yourself, or we would love to visit and tell you more about our organization. Please take a virtual tour of YWCA Central Alabama https://fb.watch/7C9LFds5IJ/

Address

309 23rd St North
Birmingham, AL
35203

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm

Telephone

(205) 322-9922

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My Sister’s Closet, open Monday through Friday from 11-2, is a small clothing store located adjacent to our building. It provides not only basic needs clothing, but also appropriate clothing for job interviews and to wear to work. It is arranged just like a small clothing boutique with clothes sized and on racks, and with accessories displayed on shelves and in display cases.

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Please see the below survey seeking to hear from survivors and feel free to share! Domestic Violence Resource Survey This is a research participation opportunity for survivors of domestic violence who are interested in sharing their experiences with seeking resources, how helpful you feel these resources are, and information related to your mental health. The purpose of this study is to gather information about the experiences of domestic violence survivors and to improve the resources available to survivors. • What: Complete an online survey which will take approximately 25-35 minutes to complete. • Eligibility: Any individual 18 years or older who has experienced physical, sexual, psychological, or economic abuse from a partner. This can include individuals who have had these experiences in the past or those who are experiencing it currently. • Compensation: Participants who complete the survey will have the opportunity to enter a raffle for one of the following Amazon gift cards: three $50 gift cards, eight $25 gift cards, and fifteen $10 gift cards. If interested in learning more about participating, please follow this link:
Please see the below survey seeking to hear from survivors and feel free to share! Domestic Violence Resource Survey This is a research participation opportunity for survivors of domestic violence who are interested in sharing their experiences with seeking resources, how helpful you feel these resources are, and information related to your mental health. The purpose of this study is to gather information about the experiences of domestic violence survivors and to improve the resources available to survivors. • What: Complete an online survey which will take approximately 25-35 minutes to complete. • Eligibility: Any individual 18 years or older who has experienced physical, sexual, psychological, or economic abuse from a partner. This can include individuals who have had these experiences in the past or those who are experiencing it currently. • Compensation: Participants who complete the survey will have the opportunity to enter a raffle for one of the following Amazon gift cards: three $50 gift cards, eight $25 gift cards, and fifteen $10 gift cards. If interested in learning more about participating, please follow this link:
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Training registration available (limited seating) No Cost: CEU for Social Workers (4) Come learn more about preventing and protecting women and adolescents against opioid use, misuse and addiction. Increase your level of knowledge and awareness to bridge the gaps in the system of care. Overviewing signs of an overdose, what to do to help someone including Naloxone intervention as a tool to increase the survival of a person experiencing an opioid overdose. Click picture/link below to register:
Hello! I wanted to reach out to see if anyone from YWCA was interested in attending the Magic City Youth Assembly on Saturday March 9th 9am-5pm!! Youth leaders are coming together to connect, learn, strategize and envision a better Birmingham in which all people can thrive!! We have about 20 more available spots and would love youth representatives from the YWCA to attend. We hope to see you there! Registration deadline is March 1st:
I am now gainfully employed as Management for the Housing Authority, I have a little 2 bedroom for my little guy and I, i have food in the fridge, i have furniture now. God is good! i did not do this with the help of the Y. The Y put me out because i was pregnant and had me sleeping in my car, pregnant and sick until i found 2nd chance dv shelter. please just get to 2nd chance. the curfew there is 9pm not 6pm. The staff is really nice, has an open office and comes around to actually talk to you. And they cater to women with children or women like myself, pregnant and high risk. 2nd chance helped me to apply for public housing (even though eventually they just gave me a home, under their transitional housing program. it was their that i found out about the jobs program at dhr. they do gas vouchers, car repairs AND will buy you work clothes!!! i took advantage of all of that. i then found out that the alabama career center WILL pay for you to go to school! full ride! so i signed up for that. my baby boy is doing very well as am now, and thats just God , 2nd chance, and determination on my part. please ladies before the Y try out 2nd chance.
Looking for leadership opportunities this summer? Are you a young person ready to use your voice in today’s world? Want to spend a week in NEW YORK? The Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute is hosting a series of weeklong summer leadership programs for young people entering grades 9-12. ACTIVATING LEADERSHIP National is a five day residential (overnight) program. Now open to a select group of young women across the country, EFLI’s ACTIVATING LEADERSHIP National (ALN) program will help you discover your own leadership style while meeting leaders at the forefront of social change, engaging in hands-on skill-building workshops and discovering your most authentic voice. In a new take on EFLI’s longest running program, you will tap into your own creativity and confidence and learn powerful tools to make positive changes in your school, communities and the world. By acknowledging the power we all have to affect change, ALN supports and empowers young women to find the leader within. ACTIVATING LEADERSHIP is open to: Young women entering grades 9 - 12. Apply at the link below and let me know if you have any questions!
All I can say is thank you so much for being there