From the CEO


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Deborah Bagatta-Bowles, YMCA of Delaware Chief Executive Officer

Dear Friends,

It’s cold outside, but things are heating up at the Y. We recently kicked off our Annual Campaign to raise $1.7 million dollars to support our friends and neighbors. In addition to the Annual Campaign, there have been great projects happening across the Association and some of the milestones are highlighted in this newsletter.

Within the last two months (and under a very tight deadline) we opened a new branch, the Middletown Family YMCA. This facility will establish a presence in the Middletown, Odessa and Townsend communities and provide services to individuals and families that live, work and play there. If you have not visited our new Middletown location, I highly encourage you to stop by so you can experience its friendly and unique atmosphere.

Additionally, during a press conference that was held in November, we announced our building expansion plans for the Brandywine YMCA in North Wilmington. This 16,000 square foot vertical expansion is slated to begin this spring and will create room for youth wellness, group exercise classes and adaptive fitness equipment as well as community meeting space.

We are looking forward to the months ahead as we continue our important work in supporting school success through partnerships with the Board of Education as well as the Summer Learning Collaborative and Reading is Fundamental programs. Our Y kids are involved in many learning opportunities and continue to thrive and do better in school.

As always, I thank you for your continued support of the YMCA of Delaware.

Yours in service,

Deborah Bagatta-Bowles Chief Executive Officer  |  302.571.6907

Our Mission

The YMCA is an association of people of all ages, ethnic groups and religious affiliations that strives to cultivate the human potential, self-esteem, and dignity of all people. Our organization exists to develop and practice the Christian principles of love, caring, inclusiveness, justice and peace…and to enrich the emotional, physical and social life of all individuals, families and our community.