Around the YMCA of Delaware


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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Global Teens Celebrate YMCA175 in London

In early August, the YMCA of Delaware’s first cohort of Global Teens headed to London to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Y. Sixteen young people from Delaware YMCAs attended the YMCA 175 conference held in the city where the world-wide movement was founded. The Delaware contingent joined 600 young adults from across the United…

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Western Family YMCA Welcomes New Executive Director

The YMCA of Delaware is pleased to welcome Thomas Wallace Sr. as the new Executive Director of the Western Family YMCA branch. Wallace joins the YMCA of Delaware’s team with more than 14 years of experience, serving in leadership roles at YMCA branches in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Wallace rose through the YMCA ranks, holding many positions…

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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.