YWCA Greensboro Facility named for Community Leader

YWCA Greensboro honored longtime YWCA and community leader Shirley T. Frye with the permanent naming of their newly renovated 19,300 square foot building during a press conference at their building on May 26, 2016. The Shirley T. Frye YWCA Greensboro building is located at 1807 E. Wendover Avenue, and houses YWCA programs including Passion to…

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YWCA Virtual Book Club

Join the YWCA Book Club This Year’s Theme: Institutional Racism:  The Stories Behind the Numbers The YWCA of Greensboro is hosting a virtual book club as part of our annual theme on how institutional racism impacts the lives of women and girls of color. We will be reading three books this year. Each book sheds…

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YWCA Week Without Violence

SAFE Act No one should have to choose between their livelihood and their health, their family, or their safety. Yet this is the reality for far too many women and families. Currently, workers can use the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to care for a sick or injured spouse, but cannot use it to…

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Lighthouse Project – Ray of Light for YWCA

“It was a pleasure working with your staff, primarily Michele, and we were thrilled with what we were able to accomplish for the organization.” – Tyler Hodgin BB&T Lighthouse Project was busy here at the YWCA Greensboro last month. There were 49 volunteers who donated 276 working hours to the sprucing up of our facility. Among…

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Small Gestures from a Big Heart

Birthday Celebration Benefits Family Shelter Olivia Gascoyne knows the practice of charitable giving begins at home. So when her eighth birthday was approaching, Olivia decided in lieu of presents for herself she would ask her young guests and their parents to make donations to the YWCA Family Shelter. Those donations allowed the Family Shelter staff…

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School Project Makes Bedtime Softer for Shelter Children

Going to sleep is hard enough but when it isn’t your own bed or your own home, it can be unsettling. Children, especially, suffer from the effects of sleeping in places unfamiliar to them. One school project considered the challenge of making children feel more secure as they slip into slumberland.  They believe homemade pillows…

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A Moving Donation for the Family Shelter

Rawiyah Nash presents YWCA Family Shelter Director Michele Cheek a donation of more than $470, which is being used to buy bus passes and gas for cars owned by the residents of the shelter. “It is better to give and give generously to those in need,” said Ms. Nash who bestowed the gift on behalf of the Volunteerism Committee…

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Aggie Backpacks are a big hit

The children’s eyes were on the prize: brand new backpacks filled with goodies. North Carolina A& T State University graduate student Martez Finch bent down to gently adjust the backpack on a small boy who looked up in awe at the tall man. The young recipient was pleased with the Star Wars backpack and even…

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Speak Out. Move Forward.

The events that have unfolded in the past two days have taken our collective breath away. As an organization that places absolute and equal value on the life of each individual, our grief comes quickly for our sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers who have lost their loved ones. We had barely recovered from losing…

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No One Should Die for Loving Someone

Our hearts and thoughts go out to those who have lost loved ones in Orlando in the largest shooting mass murder in American history and to those who identify with the lgbtq community that is stunned and grieving. The early hours of Sunday June 12 demonstrated the work we have to do as an organization, as…

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Why Does It Feel Wrong to be Thanked?

He had just spent a very cold night sleeping on a crudely made pallet on a concrete floor at the YWCA. He had just spent a very cold night sleeping on a crudely made pallet on a concrete floor at the YWCA. It was 8:00 am and still bitterly cold outside as he prepared to…

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Honoring Leaders in Our Triad Community

Honoring Leaders in Our Triad Community We lost three great trailblazers and public servants. “We have lost three trailblazers and public servants,” Greensboro City Council member Jamal Fox wrote when he learned of the passing of three community activists in the Triad. The YWCA Greensboro joins Mr. Fox in remembering and honoring the good work…

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