YMCA of Delaware Blog


Four Easy Ways to Take Fitness on Vacation

You don’t have to lose your fitness just because you go on vacation or have a more relaxed agenda over the summer. In fact, summertime may be the ticket to get you out of a fitness rut and trying something new. Explore exercise tourism. Before you hit your summer destination, do a little research. Find…

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Did you know Father’s Day began at the YMCA?

As we prepare to celebrate dads this Sunday, let’s take a look back to how it all got started. Did you know Father’s Day began at the YMCA? It was founded in Spokane, WA, at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, whose father, William Jackson Smart, had raised six children on his own. After hearing…

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YMCA 175th Anniversary Recognized with a Tribute from Delaware State Senate

On Wednesday, June 5th, Senator Tizzy Lockman recognized the YMCA 175th anniversary with a tribute from the Delaware State Senate. Those present to accept the tribute were Jesus De Las Salas, Senior Executive Director of the Central and Walnut Street YMCAs, Gail Seitz, Chairwoman of the Central and Walnut Street YMCA, Ria Swaminathan, YMCA Youth…

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Bear-Glasgow YMCA Expands with A New Functional Training Center

The Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA opened a new Functional Training Center Wednesday with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony. “It’s like being in a candy store!” said Dwayne Hodges, a regular at the Y who waited three months for the remodeled space to open. Hodges, a US Army veteran, said the center reminds him of the traditional physical…

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Help the Y Prevent Child Abuse

The YMCA of Delaware is marking Child Abuse Prevention Month with Five Days of Action, April 22 – 26, 2019. Leading up to Healthy Kids Day®–a national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids–Five Days of Action focuses on preventing child sexual abuse by sharing actions you can take to prevent and report child sexual abuse….

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YMCA Receives Certificate of Appreciation for Serving Meals to Children

Last summer the Walnut Street and Central YMCAs piloted an initiative to serve meals to children throughout the summer. Each weekend they provided a healthy meal that included whole wheat chicken pizza, carrots, an apple and milk. They also opened their doors for the community to enjoy the use of the pool and saw 75-100 kids eat…

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Transforming Lives Together

We’re More Than A Gym. We’re A Cause. This year, the YMCA of Delaware will raise over $2.1 million to transform lives through the Annual Campaign. The Annual Campaign allows the Y to provide financial assistance to children and families who cannot afford the full cost of services. This helps the Y ensure that no…

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Juvenile Justice Reform Bill

Helping Youth Get Back On Track Now in its 19th year, the Central YMCA’s Back On Track program has been helping youth adjudicated to Level II probation. While in Back On Track, participants attend education sessions to understand the nature of their offense, recognize the impact it has on the community, and learn skills to…

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What’s Cooking In Sussex?

A big thank you to the Soup Ladies at the Sussex YMCA who have been serving soup to help raise money for the Annual Campaign since 2013. This year they served over 22 varieties of soup and raised $1,922. That’s a lot of soup!


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.