YMCA of Delaware Blog

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!

30th Annual Black Achievers Event

Celebrating Opportunity “Black Achievers is not just a Saturday college prep program,” said Anesha Truesdale, Program Director for Black Achievers and Teen Programs at the Walnut Street YMCA. “It’s a movement, a community, and a village of people who pour their hearts into making sure that young people have the resources and opportunities they need…

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Summer Black’s Experience with the Diabetes Prevention Program

I’ve never been a healthy eater or systematically exercised. When I was younger, I was the person that was always thin and energetic and could eat anything and everything in sight without gaining an ounce…you know, THAT PERSON. I turned 30, and my metabolism started to change. My husband and I also started a family,…

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Bette Francis named HR Person of the year

Congratulations to our VP of Human Resources and Talent Management, Bette Francis. Bette was recently recognized as the HR Person of the Year by Delaware Business Times. Bette began working at the YMCA of Delaware earlier this year and she brings more than 20 years of experience in HR. Her most recent role was with…

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Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

Preventing Diabetes In November, the YMCA of Delaware hosted a press conference at the Bear-Glasgow Y to announce the launch of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program. The Y of Delaware is one of the first organizations in this country certified to offer the Diabetes Prevention Program as a covered benefit for eligible Medicare recipients. During…

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Dover YMCA Partners with the Capital School District

Collaborating for Change Over the last year, the Dover YMCA began a partnership with the Capital School District for their Century 21 Community Learning grant. Specifically, the Dover Y has provided staffing for the After School Program at the William Henry Middle School and has worked collectively with the School District and other partners in…

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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.


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