Around the YMCA of Delaware


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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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. Continue reading to discover 4 ways to take fitness on vacation! Explore exercise tourism….

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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 started 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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