Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mid-Atlantic Region Executive Director visits Alliance

The YWCA Mid-Atlantic Regional Council Executive Director, Casey Harden, visited our Association this morning to learn more about the Alliance YWCA and to update Board and staff members on national and regional news, initiatives, and programs. Casey is visiting the Region's Ohio Associations. The visit included a brief tour and a lengthy work session followed by lunch prepared by our YW kitchen crew.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Celebrate Achievement

The YW was bursting to celebrate the achievements of their favorite eighteen year old! The June 2nd lunch hour was particularly loud and joyful as the YWCA celebrated a YW resident's high school graduation with a luncheon party complete with decorations , a high school memory display, a favorite meal, cake, flowers, balloons, gifts, and lots of best wishes. The group had additional reason to celebrate as the eighteen year old will begin college in the fall. To help prepare for the next step, the Board, residents, volunteers, and staff showered the young woman with gifts to assist in the transition including gift cards, book of poetry, college tee-shirt, new wallet, candles, and towels. And lastly, the YW presented her with a YWCA Book Award to assist with the purchase of books in the fall.

No Bully Zone

In 2010, the University of Mount Union and the YWCA of Alliance partnered in a Great Cities, Great Service grant to research and address interpersonal aggression. UMU students in Drs. Sarah Torok and Kathleen Piker-King's classes conducted focus groups, surveyed staff, teachers, and students, and worked in small groups throughout the semester with the YWCA's Girls Together middle school group under the Navigators program.

In the spring of 2010, UMU students presented their project at the university's Scholars Day and led a culminating on-campus activity for the YW's Girls Together group. In addition to team building activities and pizza, the university and middle school students processed the semester long research project by reading excerpts from a book of essays and poems written by the college students to encourage and support girls in navigating through middle school. Also in the spring of 2010, Drs. Torok and Piker-King made a formal presentation to school and YWCA personnel on their findings.

In 2011, UMU students continue the project by meeting throughout the semester with GT girls and again wrote essays and poems. The last phase of the project was completed when university and YW Girls Together students partnered to lead the "No Bully Zone" event at the elementary Navigator's Site located at Northside School.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

No Raindrops on Our Heads!

While the skies darkened and the clouds burst forth with thousands of raindrops yesterday, we were snug and dry under our new roofs. Thanks to the City of Alliance, Greater Alliance Foundation, Soprema, and Architectual Roofing Contractors, we are enjoying the lack of raindrops in our residence and Haggart Hall areas. What will we do with all those buckets?

United Way Delivers!

Thanks to a special grant from United Way of Greater Stark County, meals will be a little hotter when they arrive at seniors' doors. The new carriers are specially designed for meal delivery programs like our YWCA's Meals on Wheels program. Here staffers Sue and Jan unpack the new carriers.

Carnation Women & Men Golf Scramble

Time to Tee Off Again! Please join us on Friday, August 12 at the beautiful Tannenhauf Golf Club for our 16th Annual Tournament to raise funds to support the YWCA's youth programs. Visit www.allianceywca.com to download a registration form. There will be plenty of prizes, fun, beverages, and a picnic lunch!