Press Releases

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month begins on Sep 15 and will run through October 15, giving us an opportunity to recognize and celebrate members of our communities and their ancestors who hail from Mexico, parts of the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Spain. “The Latino community and Latino history is a fundamental part of American…

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YMCA of Delaware Celebrates Hosts Welcoming Week Events

Celebrations to take place at YMCA’s across the state Saturday, September 18, 2021 and Sunday, September 19, 2021 Wilmington, DE– This Welcoming Week (September 10-19), the YMCA of Delaware will join Welcoming America, other YMCAs, and organizations nationwide to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities and bring together all residents in a spirit of unity. Each year, Welcoming Week elevates the growing movement of communities that fully embrace new Americans and their contributions to…

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YMCA Welcomes New Group VP/ Dover Executive Director

Dover, DE– The YMCA of Delaware is pleased to welcome John Rappaport as the Group Vice President and Dover YMCA Executive Director. As the Executive Director, John will help the branch reach its tremendous potential to grow membership and programs while advancing the mission of the Y. Additionally, he will support the expansion of the…

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Western YMCA Wahoos Swim Team Brings Home National Titles

  Wilmington, Delaware – The YMCA Western Wahoos Swim Team recently had a breakout performance at the YMCA National Long Course Swimming Festival. The Wahoos placed 6th overall combined, 3rd for men, 14th for women, and brought home National titles in three events, making it their best performance in the team’s 50-year history. Hosted at…

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Lefty’s Alley And Eats Double’s The Y’s Impact

Lewes, Delaware – Lefty’s Ally and Eats recently donated $2,500 to support the Sussex Family YMCA Summer camp, matching $2500 in gifts from the community. Thanks to $5,000 in donations, 20 local children were given the opportunity to have the “Best Summer Ever” at the Sussex Family Y summer camp. “Many people don’t realize the…

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Sussex Family YMCA Hosts First Annual Tread/Swim-A-Thon Event

Proceeds Support Drowning Prevention Instruction For YMCA Campers Lewes, Delaware – On Sunday, July 25th the Sussex Family YMCA hosted their first Annual Tread/Swim-a-thon event in support of the Ys water safety efforts. For three hours, participants swam laps and/or treaded water, raising more than $3,500 to provide non-swimmers, attending YMCA summer camp, with water…

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Summer Camps Close the Covid Learning Gap

Delaware – The “best summer ever” is underway at the YMCA of Delaware as thousands of young people are having a summer they will never forget. YMCA full and half-day camps are filled with learning, fun and adventure for campers of all ages, preschoolers through teens, and are offered statewide at YMCA locations in Wilmington,…

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Providing Safe Spaces for Wilmington Youth

Programs are designed to keep children and teens away from violence and risky behaviors. Wilmington, Delaware – With recent reports of increased violence in the City of Wilmington over the last year, the YMCA of Delaware is on a mission to keep local youth safe and engaged. According to Delawareonline, there have been 175 shootings…

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Walnut Street YMCA Celebrates Black History

The Walnut Street Y Mural commemorating Black History will be unveiled at Juneteenth Celebration on June 19, 2021. Wilmington, DE. – The YMCA of Delaware announces the completion of several projects designed to support local youth at the Walnut Street YMCA in downtown Wilmington. Thanks to a $167,000 donation from Discover, the Walnut Street YMCA…

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YMCA of Delaware Opens Newly Renovated Learning Lab to Support Youth

Learning Lab made possible thanks to a $250K Donation From Barclays US Consumer Bank – The Barclays colleague-driven initiative redesigned the YMCA’s Learning Lab with the addition of a STEM Lab at the Walnut Street branch in the heart of the city of Wilmington – – More than 600 books purchased and donated by Barclays…

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Beach Party - Friday, January 28th

Get rid of your mid-winter blues and join us for a YMCA Beach Party! Members and non-members are welcome to attend this FREE lively evening full of family activities and tons of fun! Learn more.

Vaccine Events

We are excited to partner with CAREFORCE MD to offer vaccine events at Y locations across the state. Click here for details.