Member Stories

Every person who walks through the doors of a Delaware YMCA has a story to tell.

Whether it’s a mom who is able to sign her child up for swim lessons thanks to our Open Doors Financial Assistance Program; a middle-aged man taking control of his health through our Diabetes Prevention Program; a teenager who is gaining confidence through leadership programs; or a child who is able to attend overnight summer camp for the first time; we are constantly inspired by the people we meet here.

Many of these stories are made possible through community support. When you give to the Y, 100% of your gift goes to programs and financial assistance for children, families, and individuals in need. Together, we can close the achievement gap, promote healthy lifestyles, and provide life-changing experiences to families. For more information about donating to the Y, click here.


8 year old Maria has a unique form of cerebral palsy that prevents her from participating in everyday fitness activities. Maria’s mom, Jessica, learned about the Y’s Adaptive Fitness program and thought it would be perfect for her little girl. The program is designed for Y members with diverse abilities and offers adaptive fitness equipment, while fostering an inclusive environment for our entire community… Read More

Barbara Monaghan

Three years ago, Barbara Monaghan developed cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy. While going through treatments, a drug interaction and a complication caused a breakdown in her muscles that resulted in her becoming paralyzed from head-to-toe … Read More

Michael and Melissa

Camp Tockwogh changes lives! My children, Michael and Melissa, beg me every summer to let them go back to Camp Tockwogh because they have “a blast” and make nice friends. Raising my children as a single mother has been difficult …  Read More

Susan Reazor

Susan Reazor will never forget the advice that she was given from an orthopedic doctor. She was told to put her boys in chest deep water, “it is the best therapy and will help strengthen their bodies.” Susan did not know it at the time, but this advice was life changing … Read More

Kerry Kersey

Carrie Kersey’s life changed when she became aware that she was pregnant with twins. At 35 weeks, the babies were born with low birth weight and were immediately rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) … Read More

Hal Haskell

YMCA Member and former City of Wilmington Mayor, Hal Haskell, is in his mid-90s and still keeps coming to the Y. Watch this video to learn more about his Y story.

Ronnie Wilckens

Born and raised in Delaware, Ronnie served in the Marines for 16 years with four active service tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Fighting on the front lines, he laid his life on the line while disabling explosive devices in active war zones … Read More

Miles Evans

Miles Evans is a Junior at St. Georges Technical High School and says the YMCA Black Achievers program changed his life. During seventh grade, his father proposed the idea of participating in the Black Achievers program, which runs year-round, every Saturday… Read More

Ronnie Felton

Ronnie spent many years walking around different neighborhoods as a Postman. In 2010, he underwent surgery for a knee implant that lead to complications. Although Ronnie eventually became an amputee, he started going to the YMCA … Read More

Kerri Edwards

Keri has been a long time member of the YMCA of Delaware, participating in programs such as soccer, day camp and Youth in Government, a mock-legislative program that helps teens develop confidence, practice leadership and learn civic responsibility. Keri’s participation… Read More

Matt Zavala

Every year, the Annual Campaign supports scholarships and key programs like Back on Track. Matt Zavala is a Back on Track alum and says the program helped him become who he is today. According to Matt, some people may not trust the effectiveness of a program… Read More

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.