A message from the CEO

Deborah Bagatta-Bowles, YMCA of DE CEO
YMCA of DE CEO, Deborah Bagatta-Bowles

Dear Friends,

It is with an incredible sense of pride and gratitude that we reflect on the past year at the YMCA of Delaware. The year 2020 was like no other – one that brought unimaginable challenges and frightening realities. With the support of donors, partners, and staff, we were there for those who needed us most at a critical time. In the toughest year on record, faced with the dual public health crises of COVID-19 and social injustices, we locked arms with our community and pressed forward with optimism and hope to meet the ever-shifting needs of youth, families, and everyone in our communities. 

Despite shutting down our buildings and finding ourselves in uncharted territory, our teams charged toward the front lines and took action. We opened our facilities to provide childcare for emergency workers and essential personnel, partnered with the Food Bank of Delaware to ensure no one went hungry, connected with senior community members, founded an Equity Team dedicated to creating an anti-racist culture at the Y, launched virtual group exercise classes free to the community so everyone could remain active, offered online family activities, helped students and families in virtual classrooms, provided summer camp to thousands of children, and much more.

Like so many other organizations, communities, and individuals, we fully felt the impact of the pandemic. Responding quickly, we pivoted to serve our community and kept our organization afloat. Despite the enormous challenges, we rallied and thrived. Our ability to persevere in the face of the unimaginable is built on a strong foundation and is propelled by the energy, compassion, and determination of Y members, donors, staff, volunteers, partners, and elected officials who have supported us and have refused to give up.

In 2020, the world changed forever, and the Y was ready to respond. We are forever grateful and humbled by the support of everyone who has helped us rise to build a more compassionate, caring, and strong community. Together, we are Y strong.

Yours in service,


Yours in service,

Deborah Bagatta-Bowles Chief Executive Officer

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