I recently returned from the YMCA World Urban Network meeting in Shanghai City, China. The meeting is a gathering of all the YMCA CEOs from major urban areas around the world. I was there representing the YMCA of Delaware and the United States. The purpose of the meeting was to share innovative learning and best practices across the globe. Each time I attend this global meeting, I am struck by our shared challenges and the deep commitment of the staff and volunteers who do the work of the YMCA in very tough environments. I strive to bring that collective enthusiasm back to Delaware, learning and pushing to do the best we can for our state.
We are focused on our 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, and the theme “Let’s Grow Together” continues to be at the forefront of everything we do, whether it’s supporting youth in our leadership programs, being champions for those in our new Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, or advocating for those who need us most in the communities we serve.
This upcoming year will be a big one for fundraising. Our 2019 Annual Campaign goal is $2.1 million and we will be embarking on a major capital campaign to build the Middletown Branch.
Our current Middletown Y site continues to expand and grow. They had a particularly strong year in camp and aquatics, and we are hoping to announce the site of our permanent location soon.
Our Brandywine Y expansion project is nearly complete. Our members are enjoying the new facilities, our new preschool slots are already full, and there is so much more for young people to do in the new space. It’s a joy to see children embark on a fun and healthy lifestyle in the new Youth Fitness Center that opened in December.
As always, I thank you for your continued support of the YMCA of Delaware.
Yours in service,
Deborah Bagatta-Bowles Chief Executive Officer
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