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YWCA Asheville picks Beth Maczka to be new director

Mountain Xpress
June 8, 2012

Beth Maczka has been named Executive Director of the YWCA of Asheville. Barbara Benisch, a local non-profit management consultant, has been serving as Interim Director since January.  Click here for more...

YWCA to host first Y-Teens meeting Friday 
May 31, 2012

The first meeting of Y-Teens will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at the YWCA, 246 Church St., Sumter. Click here for more...

Trayvon Martin: A Victim of Institutional Racism

Lenice C. Emanuel
CEO, YWCA Tampa Bay
March 27, 2012

On February 26, in Sanford, Fla., Trayvon Martin, a black teenager, is believed to have been killed because of racial profiling. It is of little significance that the alleged perpetrator, George Zimmerman, considers himself a minority. It does, however, poignantly underscore the powerful and systemic implications of institutional racism, defined by William McPherson as “the collective failure of an organization to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their color, culture or ethnic origin.” Click here for more...

Stand Against Racism for Trayvon Martin

Eileen Maloney-Simon
CEO, YWCA Miami-Dade County
March 27, 2012

Once again we find ourselves saddened, outraged, and questioning how a child can be killed at the hands of an adult. Once again we find ourselves asking how this can happen, why did this happen, and how can we protect our children and guarantee them our country’s promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? These questions and more are being asked throughout the country, but no where more loudly than here in Florida where the life of a 17-year-old child, Trayvon Martin, was ended with a single gun shot by a man who is claiming self defense and who has not yet been arrested. Click here for more...

YWCA program benefits from phone drive

Ashley Bryant
Memphis Commercial Appeal
March 8, 2012

The Gift and Art Shop recently completed its first cellphone collection drive as part of Verizon Wireless HopeLine Drive benefiting the YWCA's Abused Women's Services Program. The store collected used phones from staff, customers, and served as a drop-off point for the public. The phones are the first official donation to new Verizon Wireless HopeLine Drive, an event being held in conjunction with the YWCA's annual fundraiser. Click here for more...

YWCA event clears air on domestic violence

Michael Lollar
Memphis Commercial Appeal
March 7, 2012

When they met, he was what she called a "perfect gentleman." When she left him, he barely missed a farewell dinner of rat poison.

Shirley Godwin was a senior in high school when she met her future husband. "He was athletic, popular. I thought I was lucky."

At first, he bought her things, treated her like a princess, she says. They were shopping later when she ran into a male classmate. When she and the classmate spoke, her boyfriend hit her in the middle of the store. "I was confused. He said, 'You don't talk to nobody but me.'" Click here for more...

Actor, Author Rivers To Speak At YWCA Benefit

Aisling Maki
March 5, 2012

For its 15th annual benefit luncheon Wednesday, March 7, the YWCA of Greater Memphis is bringing actor-turned-activist and best-selling author Victor Rivas Rivers to town to discuss his familial experiences with domestic violence.

The luncheon will take place at noon at the Memphis Marriott East, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. In conjunction with the event, sponsor Verizon will host a HopeLine drive, encouraging luncheon attendees to donate used cell phones to be distributed to victims of domestic abuse. Click here for more...

Asheville party celebrates Jones' passion for community

Jason Sanford
January 26, 2012

Passion. Dignity. A sense of justice.

Holly Jones, 49, the former executive director of the YWCA of Asheville, embodies all of that and more, said many of her more than 300 friends and family who gathered to celebrate her accomplishments Thursday night at the Renaissance Hotel.
Don’t forget the cackling laugh. The passion for UNC Chapel Hill basketball. And the seemingly endless stream of tears that can flow at even the slightest provocation. Click here for more...

Verizon Foundation Awards $80,000 to Alabama Non-profits
Funds to Support Programs Addressing Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention and Victim Services 
January 27, 2012

The Verizon Foundation announced earlier today at a press conference that it has awarded $80,000 in grant funding to eight non-profit organizations across Alabama. Seven grants totaling $60,000 will go to support programs across the state that address domestic and dating violence issues among teens and young adults as the culmination of a 2011 Request for Proposals by the Foundation. The Foundation also today presented an additional $20,000 to the One Place Family Justice Center in Montgomery.

The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, uses its technology, financial resources and partnerships to address critical social issues, with a focus on education and domestic violence prevention. Click here for more...

Stop. Think. Connect.TM Campaign Partners with the YWCA

YWCA Greater Miami-Dade Press Release
January 26, 2012

The YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade, through collaboration with YWCA USA has partnererd with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its cybersecurity awareness Campaign, Stop. Think. Connect. TM Click here for more...


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