Around the YMCA of Delaware

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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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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YMCA FALL FESTIVALS - Safe, Socially Distant Activities For Everyone!

Join us for our 2020 Fall Festivals, happening the last week/weekend of October! All events are free, safe, and open to the community. LEARN MORE!