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 Purse, Young Women in Charge, Teen Parent Mentor Program, Healthy Beginnings, Partners for Healthy Youth, and a family emergency shelter. The Shirley T. Frye YWCA building was purchased and renovated as part of the Courage and Commitment capital campaign still in progress. To date, over $4 million has been raised toward a $5 million goal.
The YWCA Board of Directors made a unanimous decision to honor Shirley T. Frye with the permanent naming of the building because of her extraordinary service and leadership through the years to the Greensboro community and to the YWCA. Among numerous and various awards, honors, achievements and leadership roles, Shirley T. Frye served on the National YWCA Board for almost 20 years from 1973-92. Locally, she served on the YWCA Greensboro Board of Directors from 1963-70 and was President 1970-72. In 2003, she received the YWCA Living Legend Award and in 1984 she received the YWCA Woman of the Year Award.
Anne Hummel, YWCA Board member and Courage and Commitment campaign co-chair spoke on behalf of the board. “I am thrilled to be a part of a moment where we had the opportunity to permanently honor such a remarkable woman. There is no better name or inspiration than Shirley T. Frye. If those who learn, grow and lead in this building will go out in the world and accomplish half of what Shirley has, there is hope for all of us and future generations.”
“While we are here today to honor Shirley T. Frye with the naming of this beautiful building, we are the ones who are honored,” said Lindy Garnette, YWCA Greensboro CEO. “Through her work on behalf of all of us, Shirley embodies the strength, courage and leadership the YWCA works to build in girls and women every day. Now—because of this decision our board has made—for generations, every time anyone says the name ‘Shirley Frye’ and passes through these doors, they will be inspired and reminded that a voice is the most powerful thing on earth, and our service to our community and each another truly does make a difference.”
Frye worked in various education and community positions from 1953-2007, including a teacher of second grade and exceptional children in Greensboro Public Schools; Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Development and University Relations, and Assistant Director of University Foundation at North Carolina A&T State University. She is serving or has served on the Joseph McKinley Bryan Foundation (1989-present); GlaxoSmithKline Foundation (1991-present); North Carolina A&T State University Foundation (2002-present) where she currently serves as President; Housing Opportunities for North Carolina (2000-14); National Conference for Community and Justice (1999-present); Greensboro Partnership (2005-14); North Carolina Society (2005-present).
Ms. Frye has served on the Boards of Visitors or Advisory Boards of Guilford College, Greensboro College, Wake Forest University, Court Watch of North Carolina, North Carolina Humanities Council, Kids Voting and Reading Connections.
“While we are here today to honor Shirley T. Frye with the naming of this beautiful building, we are the ones who are honored.” – CEO LIndy Garnette