YWCA in the News

The YWCA is on mission to eliminate racism and empower women. We can speak to our work in Knox, Blount, Anderson, Roane, Loudon, and Sevier counties in East Tennessee on everything from transitional housing, domestic violence, special events and serving the youth in East Knoxville. Our CEO Alizza Punzalan-Randle welcomes the opportunity to speak about YWCA’s work, and our Director of Public Relations, Karlyn Reel can connect you with the experts from our organization who serve our community.

Chronic Absenteeism in schools still a problem statewide

By WBIR 10 News

In the state of Tennessee, almost 150,000 students miss school every day. Experts say barriers like health challenges, school discipline and poverty play a huge role in keeping them out of the classroom.

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Punzalan-Randle comes home to lead YWCA

By The Ledger- April 5, 2019

Alizza Punzalan-Randle’s classmates had only shown “Southern hospitality” when she and her Filipino family moved to Knoxville from Detroit – until the day the sixth-grader opened her locker and found herself staring at a collage of photos apparently snipped from the pages of National Geographic.

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UT-Battelle and ORNL Gift Over $13,000 to YWCA Progress

Oak Ridge, Tenn. (March 9, 2019) – The YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley is pleased to announce two contributions totaling $13,000 from UT-Battelle, the managing contractor of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Black History Month Committee.

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Department of Justice Grant Enable YWCA to Expand Transitional Services to Five Counties

Knoxville, Tenn. (November 2018) — The YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley is pleased to announce that it has received a three-year federal grant totaling $465,243 dollars from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. This grant will expand scattered-site transitional housing services, which are currently offered in Oak Ridge and Anderson County, to five additional counties (Blount, Knox, Loudon, Roane and Sevier).

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