About Us


Director
Toni Brown
325-677-5321 ext 102
toni@afwconline.org

What is happening at the Alliance?

The kitchen remodel is complete! We are amazed by the transformation from our old kitchen to the beautiful space we have now. The A-Teens are already breaking it in baking muffins, cake balls, and other wonderful snacks. We can’t wait to show it to you! We are planning a celebration Saturday, October 3rd, so mark your calendars. More information will be coming your way soon. We hope you can participate.

We want to give special thanks to Peter Casey at Jack-Bilt, Inc. and Laura Wardroup of Wardroup’s Originals for the fantastic job they did designing and remodeling the kitchen. Peter, Laura, and their crews were incredible to work with and did spectacular work. We highly recommend them for your next project!

And, we want to especially thank Alon Brands for their generous donation to make this project possible. Thank you to Melody Hunt of Hunt Direct Marketing for her donation of appliances for the kitchen. And, thank you to our Boards of Directors for their support and to all of our donors and participants in the Alon Load the Code program.

  • Mission and Vision

    Mission

    The Alliance for Women & Children provides quality programs to empower all women and children by

    • Educating and assisting women to be health conscious and self-sufficient, and
    • Providing a nurturing and safe environment for school-aged children.

    Vision

    The vision of the Alliance for Women & Children is to continue to empower the women and children of the community by providing uniquely designed programs that will encourage the following:

    • Self-assurance - encouraging women and children to be confident in their own abilities and the quality decisions that they make in their lives
    • Promote well-being - providing information and tools which teach that well-being is not just a state of mind but a state of body as well
    • Continued success - offering challenging and enriching programs to women and children that will capitalize on their potential
    Recognizing and meeting the needs of women and children as those needs change with societal and economic shifts in our community will assure success in our future service to women and children.

  • History

    A front page editorial appearing in the Taylor County Times, Thursday, January 23, 1919 stated "the loyal, energetic ladies of Abilene… have inaugurated a campaign…. They are asking your help and support. You cannot afford to let pass this opportunity of doing something toward one of the best movements ever launched in the county. These women are out today. They are working with a will and they will not stop for rest until they have accomplished their aims; until their plans for a first class YWCA for Abilene have been realized. And if you are not in sympathy with their cause, or have not done your part toward the splendid work they are undertaking, it is small matter if they give you no rest until you do your full share. Be ready to meet them with a check for your share and a smile of encouragement that will help them along when they strike the tight fisted ones."

    Mrs. Dallas (Jewel) Scarborough charged forward in 1919 with a vision for the future of the women and children of Abilene. Her mission: “We need a place for girls to live, a place providing wholesome food for working girls; a character training program for little ones; advice in many matters, wholesome entertainment; help in developing the girlhood of the community; comfort in trouble or distress; training for better citizenship; raising standards of thought and action; training in physical fitness; developing friendships." And, as a result, the YWCA of Abilene was founded in 1920.

    • 1919 – A fundraising campaign was initiated to raise $3,000. Through various efforts by the women of Abilene the funds were raised.
    • 1920 (September) – Board of Directors and Board of Trustees were selected.
    • 1921 - the lot at 1150 North Third was purchased for $7,500.
    • 1921 - A second fundraiser was announced for a year’s operation, $6,000, and the cost of the lot, $7,500. (On the first day of the drive, 300 donors contributed $6,000.)
    • Purchase of the old Presbyterian Manse. (Until it could be moved onto the lot, it was rented for $25 a month.)
    • 1958 - capital campaign began to build and relocate.
    • 1960 - campaign completed.
    • March 27, 1960 Open House held at new location, 1350 North 10th. (New facility built and furnished by 1200 Abilene citizens.)
    • 1965 - a capital campaign for $35,000 was held to purchase air-conditioning and needed equipment. (In less than 3 months the goal was reached.)
    • 2007 – the YWCA of Abilene disaffiliated from the national YWCA to become a local organization, the Alliance for Women & Children.
    The programs of the Alliance for Women & Children have grown and adapted over the years. Women no longer live at the facility on North Tenth. Y-Teens has grown to meet the newest trends for teenage girls. We have started new programs as well. Our current programming includes:

    • A-Teens – established in 1920 is the longest running program designed for teenage girls.
    • After-School Care – established in 1988 as a joint project with the Junior League of Abilene.
    • Women’s Programs - The Alliance is currently working on new programs for 2014.
    The Alliance for Women & Children has a rich history which began with a vision for an organization designed with women and children in mind. Our mission continues to focus on empowering women and children to become self-assured and successful.

  • Leaders

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Emily Dean
    President

    Delores Cox
    Vice President

    Sheila Warren
    Treasurer

    Selina McGuire
    Assistant Treasurer

    Becky Frost
    Secretary

    Dee Harris
    Past President

    Becky Nail
    Member at Large

    Lexi Alexander
    Megan Bolls
    Cynthia Carr
    Patty Fuentes
    Cassandra Garcia
    Raquel Garza
    Jordan Grun
    Rebecca Haberman
    Courtney Head
    Rhonda Jarvis
    Missy Keefer
    Selina McGuire
    Joni McKinnon
    Jennifer Montoya
    Deana Morris
    Lucy Vinson
    Jenny Young
    Pam Yungblut

    BOARD OF TRUSTEES

    Annabel House, Chair
    Gary Galbraith
    Kay Hartgraves
    Melody Hunt
    Linda Ingram
    Tim McClarty
    Barbara Pittman
    Nick Shepherd

    TRUSTEES EMERITUS

    Dr. Virginia-Boyd Connally
    Ruby Shelton

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    Toni Brown, M.Ed.



  • Join

    The membership of the Alliance for Women & Children is a vital part achieving our mission. Members can be girls or women age 12 and older. One joins because they wish to access a program, serve as a leader, support the mission, and/or support the programs of the Alliance. As a voting member, one is responsible to elect the Board of Directors. Our members also are invited to all of our functions and to member only events, including an annual membership meeting at the end of each year. Members are required to pay annual dues and remain in good standing with the treasurer of the Board. Why should you become or continue to be a member? With the hard work the Alliance is doing to serve this community more effectively and more efficiently, we need your support even more than we ever have before. It takes great resources to provide quality programs to our clients in the most affordable manner.



    Click Here to join!

    Did you know…


    • Alliance After-School Care costs almost half the tuition of a regular daycare and is equally licensed? On top of the affordability, Alliance After-School Care is offering an educational curriculum program that will positively affect our children’s academic performance, thus helping our school districts meet their academic goals.
    • A-Teens has developed the lives of teenage girls since 1920! A-Teens helps 6th to 8th grade girls discover their unique potential, empowering them to be successful in school and beyond!
    The dues received from our membership help us achieve our mission through each of these exciting and impactful programs. Want you join us? Click here for the membership form.

  • Volunteer

    Volunteers are vital to the success of a non-profit organization and the Alliance is no exception. We rely heavily on our volunteers to help us achieve our mission. There are many ways a person from the community can volunteer at the Alliance for Women & Children.

      After-School Care

      Volunteers are always welcome in our After-School Care program to read to the children, assist with arts & crafts projects, and help with special activities. The program can always use help in the office organizing games and supplies. If you have an area of expertise in which you could offer training to the staff or children, please contact us for that as well. We are always looking for ways to improve the quality of the lives of our staff and children. Background checks are required for all volunteers.
      Click Here you are interested in volunteering!

      A-Teens

      This program focuses on teenage girls and benefits from the wisdom and example of women in our community. Volunteers are needed to assist with arts & crafts projects and special activities. If you have an area of expertise in which you could offer training to the staff or children, please contact us for that as well. We are always looking for ways to improve the quality of the lives of our staff and children. Background checks are required for all volunteers.
      Click Here to volunteer!

      Fundraising and Marketing

      Marketing, fundraising and public awareness help further the mission of the Alliance for Women & Children by bringing in much needed support to our programming and operations expenses and increasing awareness of the organization in the community. The Alliance also offers unpaid internships for college students interested in non-profit, marketing, business, public relations and other fields.
      Click Here to volunteer!

      Administration

      The Alliance for Women & Children needs volunteers to help with daily filing, mailings, phone answering, and other general office work. Whether you are able to help once or on a consistent schedule, we would appreciate the help with the administration of the Alliance.
      Click Here to volunteer!

      Grounds Work

      Thanks to our generous donors, we have a beautiful courtyard in the middle of our building enjoyed by all. Those plants need watered and cared for every week. Also, the Alliance has been selected by a national organization to build a community playground. We will need volunteers for build day, November 5th, and then maintenance on the playground on an ongoing basis. Click here if you have an interest in volunteering.
      Click Here to volunteer!

  • Activities/Rental Policy

    Our facility is available for your next event or playgroup. Alliance for Women & Children reserves the right to approve all groups and their activities prior to rental, as well as bill each group for any damages to the Alliance for Women & Children building or it’s contents during rental. Non-Profit Groups may apply to use the facilities for no-charge during normal business hours and at a reduced rate after-hours.




    Rental Information

    Alliance for Women & Children reserves the right to approve all groups and their activities prior to rental, as well as bill each group for any damages to the Alliance for Women & Children building or it’s contents during rental. Non-Profit Groups may apply to use the facilities for no-charge during normal business hours and at a reduced rate after-hours.


    Click Here for Facility Availability Inquiry

      Board Room (1,130 sq. ft)

    • Seats 30-40 people theater style (without tables)
    • Seats 25-30 with tables
    • A deposit of $100 is required to reserve the space for rental. Deposit will be returned to rental group if building is left clean and undamaged.
    • Rental fee during normal business hours - $75 for first 2 hours and $25 for each hour thereafter.
    • Rental fee for evenings and weekends - $125 for the first 2 hours and $25 for each hour thereafter.

    • Auditorium (1,802 sq. ft)

    • Seats 120-150 people theater style (without tables)
    • Seats 80-100 with tables (limited number of chairs available)
    • A deposit of $100 is required to reserve the space for rental. Deposit will be returned to rental group if building is left clean and undamaged.
    • Rental fee during normal business hours - $175 for first 2 hours and $75 for each hour thereafter.
    • Rental fee for evenings and weekends - $225 for the first 2 hours and $75 for each hour thereafter.

    • Playground

    • Accommodates 30-40 children at play.  Equipment is designed for children over 2 years old.
    • Includes a play structure with slides and climbing apparatuses, a stage, benches, etc.
    • A deposit of $100 is required to reserve the space for rental. A key will be provided to the renter for necessary access. If the key is not returned to the Alliance for Women and Children within 5 business days of the rental date a $25 fee will be assessed and taken from the deposit.  The balance of the deposit less the rental fee will be returned to the renter within 5 business days of return of the key.
    • Rental fee during normal business hours does not ensure a private party
    • Rental fee during normal business hours, evenings and weekends - $25 for the first two hours allowing an additional 15 minutes before and after scheduled time for set up and clean up and $25 for every two hours thereafter. 

    • Imagination Playground (INDOOR or OUTDOOR)

    • Accommodates 30-40 children at play, working together.  Equipment is designed for children 12 and under.
    • Participating adults must have completed equipment training, including a background check.
    • A deposit of $100 is required to reserve the space for rental. A key will be provided to the renter for necessary access. If the key is not returned to the Alliance for Women and Children within 5 business days of the rental date a $25 fee will be assessed and taken from the deposit.  The balance of the deposit less the rental fee will be returned to the renter within 5 business days of return of the key.
    • Rental fee during normal business hours - Free.
    • Rental fee for evenings and weekends - $25 for the first two hours allowing an additional 15 minutes before and after scheduled time for set up and clean up and $25 for every two hours thereafter. 
    • Auditorium rental fees will be assessed for indoor Imagination Playground rental.
    • Rental fee during normal business hours does not ensure a private party.

    The Alliance for Women and Children is an alcohol/tobacco free facility. For more information about availability and reservations, please contact 325-677-5321 or visit us at 1350 North 10th or online at http://www.allianceforwomenandchildren.org

  • Events

    The Alliance for Women & Children has many great events designed to engage, enlighten and just have fun.  The events help support our many great programs.  Click here to see all the event details.

  • Programs

    After-School Care

    Alliance for Women & Children After-School Care Program serves children from PreK to 5th grade. Click here for more program detail.

    A-Teens

    The longest running program of the Alliance for Women & Children serving teen girls at the middles schools as well as with program, camps and service projects here at our North 10th facility. Click here for more program details.

    Gaining Professional Success (GPS)

    In the fall of 2015, the Alliance will initiate a new women’s program called GPS aimed to assist women become self-sufficient by promoting job retention and job growth. This is accomplished through a curriculum called Springboard designed in the UK which has been offered in more than 37 countries to more than 240,000 women. The program consists of 4 workshops across a 3 month period and use of a workbook and individual meetings/mentoring opportunities. A pilot program held in the fall of 2015 will help the Alliance navigate the direction of this program moving forward. Stay tuned for further updates!