Around the YMCA of Delaware


Your Health Matters

During the past few weeks, news about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been prevalent in the media. Although the number of confirmed cases in the United States remains low and there are no current cases in Delaware, health issues of this type can generate anxiety, worry and concerns. We want you to know the health…

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5 Secrets to Staying Motivated When January is Over

Wilmington, DE-  Each January, thousands of Delawareans flock to their local gym in hopes of getting in shape and living a healthier lifestyle in the new year. Too often January comes to an end and motivation starts to dwindle as our busy lives take priority. The sad fact is that almost 50% of American adults…

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Take Your Quest for Fitness to the Next Level

Wish you had a personal trainer, but it isn’t in the budget? What if I told you that you could have a custom workout created for you at your local Delaware Y branch…for free? When I joined the Brandywine YMCA four years ago, I met with a floor coach initially, and she wrote up a…

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Pediatric Exercise Program for Cancer Survivors

Wilmington, DE – The Brandywine branch of the YMCA of Delaware has launched a pilot program for cancer survivors between 10-17 years of age. The 12-week program, that runs every Monday and Wednesday from 4:30- 6:00 p.m. helps young survivors increase strength and cardiovascular health while increasing flexibility and endurance. Participants work with staff trained in…

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2019 – Best Summer Ever!

Each summer, children, and counselors from seven Y camps across Delaware come together at the Hanby Outdoor Center and celebrate. This year’s focus was about getting to know someone new. Campers exchanged kindness bracelets with kids from other groups and were encouraged to learn more about their new friends. We were honored to have Representative…

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Girls In Fitness Together at the Dover YMCA

It’s all about girl power! Thanks to a state-funded grant called GIFT, that’s Girls in Fitness Together, the Dover YMCA is teaching girls from Dover, Caesar Rodney, and Polytech High Schools how to make better choices in all aspects of their lives while incorporating physical fitness. Girls enrolled in GIFT meet twice a week for…

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The Y For All

Funding from the Chichester Foundation now makes it possible for each branch to train at least two staff as Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainers through the American College of Sports Medicine.


Now Offering Free Memberships for 7th Graders

The YMCA of Delaware is now offering free one-year memberships to students in the seventh grade who live or attend a school in the state of Delaware. To register, students need to bring a school ID, class roster, or recent report card along with a parent or guardian to a local YMCA branch. After registering,…

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Mission Moment: Jeanie Donofrio

If swim instructor Jeanie Donofrio had her way, everyone would be in the pool. “Swim for life” is her mantra, and you won’t find a more enthusiastic champion of the water programs at the Sussex Family YMCA. When Jeanie was a young, single mother, she was looking for a place to exercise that offered childcare…

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YMCA and Autism Delaware Team Up to offer Swimming Program for People with Autism

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Autism Delaware, offering a water safety program to children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Through this collaboration, Autism Delaware provides training to YMCA swim instructors and in exchange, the YMCA will provide S.W.A.M. (Swimming With Autism) sessions to the community. Currently, the program is…

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Our Mission


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

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4th of July

All branches are closed on Saturday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Outdoor pools are open!

Stronger Together

At the Y, we stand against all forms of racism, discrimination and hatred. Together we can be a positive force for change in every community we serve. We must unite. We must be heard, and we must do better.

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