Who We Are
The YMCA is a leading non-profit organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
Founded in 1891, the YMCA of Delaware is the state’s largest non-profit organization committed to strengthening local citizens through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. With seven branches statewide, a youth resource center in downtown Wilmington, and an overnight camp and conference center in Worton, Maryland, the Y has developed long-standing relationships and a physical presence in Delaware to deliver lasting personal and social change. We are committed to serving everyone – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of every child and teen, improve Delaware’s health and wellbeing and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors.
History of the Y
The YMCA has been in existence for 175 years. With 22 million members across the country, the YMCA comprises of a national office, and more than 2,700 YMCAs that engage youth and adults in over 10,000 local communities. Globally, the Y serves more than 45 million people in 119 countries.
A healthy, inclusive community where all people reach their full potential
To empower youth, foster healthy living, and promote strong communities.
As an organization focused on addressing the most critical needs of our community and dedicated to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion for all, the Y must begin to address how to undo racism and become “anti-racists” at an individual, organizational, and societal level. We seek to more effectively lead as an anti-racist, multi-cultural organization. Yet, as we embark on this journey together, we do so with humility. We are fully cognizant that, as a local and national institution, we also have much work to do.
Diversity and Inclusion
The YMCA of Delaware is an inclusive organization open to all. We welcome all people regardless of ability, age, background, ethnicity/race, faith, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. The Y believes that, in a diverse world, we are stronger when we are inclusive when our doors are open to all, and when everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.