Our Impact

For more than 130 years, the YMCA of Delaware has responded to emergent needs throughout our state, and strengthening community has been our cause. We believe that positive, lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our children, our health, and our neighbors. With your support, we can continue building brighter futures, together.

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Our Promises

  • Ensure every youth and teen we serve is on a pathway to success
  • Improve the health and wellbeing of every individual and family we serve
  • Unite communities and inspire service to others

How does your support make a difference?

Did you know, youth who are involved in positive out-of-school activities are less likely to engage in negative behaviors? And, 1 in 7 young people are struggling with their mental health? Thanks to community support, in 2023:

  • 4,796 campers discovered the joys of the outdoors, learned new skills, and built lasting friendships at YMCA camps. 21% received over $1.5 million of YMCA and state-funded financial assistance to support their safe summer experience.
  • 1,391 children flourished in Before & After School Enrichment (BASE) child development programs. 41%  received nearly $2 million of YMCA and state-funded financial assistance to thrive in our nurturing childcare programs
  • 2,275 teens connected with inspiring mentors and opportunities that empowered them to lead and grow.

Nearly 1 in 4 adults aged 65 and older are socially isolated. And 2 in 3 Delaware adults suffer from a chronic health condition. Thanks to community support, in 2023:

  • 772 individuals engaged in our LiveSTRONG at the YMCA, Diabetes Prevention Program, and LEAN healthy weight programs, reducing healthcare costs, charting a course towards a healthier life, and overcoming chronic health challenges.
  • 121,039 individuals were able to live healthier, more connected lives through membership and community-based programs at the Y.

Rising costs are placing increased economic burdens on local families and adults. Thanks to community support, in 2023:

  • $4.2 Million in financial assistance helped connect 16,377 children, teens and adults to YMCA membership and transformative programs.
  • 193 men found stability, support, and sanctuary in our supportive housing program at the Central YMCA in Downtown Wilmington.

Delaware enjoys 381 miles of coastal community. In the U.S., Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between 1 and 4 years old. Thanks to community support, in 2023:

  • 4,582 children improved their confidence and learned essential water safety skills in our inclusive and accessible YMCA swim lessons.

 

Our Mission


To empower youth, foster healthy living, and promote strong communities.

Memorial Day 2024

YMCA of Delaware branches will be OPEN  7 - 11 a.m. on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day. All outdoor pools will be OPEN from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Click here for updated outdoor pool hours.

 

Summer Camp

🌞🎉 Register now for YMCA Summer Camp and join us for fun, friends, and safe, screen-free adventures! 🚀🏕️ Financial assistance is available. Now accepting Purchase of Care (POC) at Western and Bear locations! Learn More 🌟✨

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