9 extraordinary nonprofits supporting women + girls in Birmingham

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We’re cheering “girl power,” and these Birmingham nonprofits are, too. They’re supporting women and girls in every aspect—from maternal health to mentorship to cancer recovery to domestic abuse resources and a whole lot more. Check it out and learn how you can support today.

How to Support 115 Birmingham Nonprofits

We ❤️our incredible Birmingham nonprofits. Local organizations that support missions that matter are absolutely vital to any community.

We’re lucky to have so many of these nonprofits here in Birmingham working to make our city the best that it can be, for everyone. Right now, these organizations need our support.

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1. Girls Inc. of Central Alabama

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Girls Inc. was founded in 1864 to serve girls and young women who were experiencing upheaval in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Woven into those early girls’ clubs are the same core values of Girls Inc. today: the importance of creating a safe gathering place for girls to learn and to share in a sisterhood, and a strong premise that each girl can develop her own capacities, self-confidence and grow up healthy, educated and independent.

2. Jessie’s Place

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Jessie’s Place is a residential transformation program located in the heart of downtown Birmingham that can accommodate up to 35 women and children. Residents receive daily life skills training, bible study classes, education remediation and job readiness lessons.

Their professional staff facilitates individual case management, counseling and discipleship sessions as well as child enrichment programs, including play therapy.

3. GirlSpring

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GirlSpring’s mission is to empower girls by providing them with accurate information, inspiring events, and positive female role models. They accomplish that goal through their online community for girls, GirlSpring.com, their Springboarders teen leadership and their public programs.

4.  Laura Crandall Brown Foundation

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 In 2009, Laura Crandall Brown passed away at the age of 25 from ovarian cancer. Her loving and courageous spirit inspired her friends and family to create the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation to honor her life, memory, and vision of helping others.

LCBF works to fulfill a threefold mission: offering hope through early detection research of ovarian cancer, empowering communities through gynecologic cancer awareness and enriching lives through support.

5. One Place Family Justice Center

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One Place Family Justice Center is where victims can go to plan for their safety, have an advocate, talk with a police officer, meet with a prosecutor, obtain information on shelters and obtain sexual assault services.

Their mission is to provide a comprehensive service and support center which affords greater safety, access to services and confidentiality for victims and their families by co-locating services under one roof.

6. March of Dimes Alabama

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The U.S. is among the most dangerous developed nations in which to give birth. When you March for Babies you stand with thousands of people across the country who share your commitment to be there for every family.

You raise funds and awareness to help support research to find solutions and advocate for policies that prioritize mom and baby health. And you enable March of Dimes to expand programs like Supportive Pregnancy Care to more than 40 sites in 19 states so more women will get the support services they need.

7. Oasis Counseling for Women & Children

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The mission of Oasis Counseling for Women and Children is to improve the quality of life for vulnerable women, children and families by providing exceptional, professional mental health care in a safe and nurturing environment.

Oasis helps people take better care of themselves, their relationships, and their families. Oasis’ clients have experienced domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, joblessness, death of loved ones, and more.

8. YWCA Central Alabama

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YWCA Central Alabama’s vision is to create a more caring community. They work every day to make a positive change in the lives of individuals and in the community.

Their focus is on four main areas: affordable housing, quality child development programs for children of homeless and working poor families, domestic violence services and social justice programming. They provide shelter, dignity, hope and a strong foundation as they help those they serve find the strength to rebuild their lives.

9. Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Greater Birmingham

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For more than a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been helping change kids’ perspectives and giving them the opportunity to reach their potential. Big Brothers Big Sisters remains true to their founders’ vision of bringing caring role models into the lives of children.

Today, Big Brothers Big Sisters currently operates in all 50 states—and in 12 countries around the world.

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