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.


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

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.