Wilmington, Delaware, April 17, 2018 – On Thursday, April 5, 2018 the Wells Fargo Foundation presented a check of $15,000 to support the YMCA of Delaware’s Take on Summer program. Established in 2015, the Take on Summer program offers teens who live in the State of Delaware, free summer memberships to access the Y’s fitness facilities and swimming pools as, as well as participate in art activities, games and social events. In addition, teens are provided with a safe place to develop life skills, spend time with friends, receive daily nutritious meals and have a quality summer experience.

“One of our core goals at Wells Fargo is to support our communities,” said Lauren Tobiassen, Delaware Valley Region Bank President for Wells Fargo. “The YMCA is doing outstanding work with Delaware’s youth and the Take on Summer program is helping to ensure that the youth are equipped to thrive in today’s society. It’s a privilege to be a part of that.”

The grant is part of Wells Fargo’s commitment to improving low-income communities in Delaware. In 2017, the Wells Fargo Foundation and the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation awarded over $725,000 to Delaware communities and $286 million dollars nationwide.

Take on Summer is a part of the YMCA’s larger efforts to close the achievement gap and support Delaware’s children and families. Last year, over 5,000 children and teens participated in summer camp and after school programs at YMCAs and partnering schools throughout Delaware. Nearly 1,700 of these children and teens received financial assistance made possible by donors such as Wells Fargo, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive at the YMCA.

“The take on Summer program has become one of our signature programs over the last several years at all of our YMCA locations, providing a safe haven and supportive environment for teens and families who need our support the most” said Deborah Bagatta-Bowles, President and CEO of the YMCA of Delaware. “Support from the Wells Fargo Foundation will make a tangible impact in the lives of our teens and without the support of the philanthropic community, programs like this would not be possible.”

To learn more about the YMCA’s youth development programs throughout Delaware, contact one of our facilities today: https://www.ymcade.org/locations/


About the YMCA of Delaware

The YMCA of Delaware is Delaware’s largest non-profit organization committed to strengthening the citizens of Delaware through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. With seven branches statewide, a youth resource center, and an overnight camp and conference center in Worton, Maryland, the Y has developed long-standing relationships and a physical presence in Delaware so it can deliver lasting personal and social change. We are committed to serving everyone – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of every child and teen, improve Delaware’s health and wellbeing and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. www.ymcade.org.


About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $2.0 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,300 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 263,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2017 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.


Matt Clements
Vice President of Development
YMCA of Delaware, Association Office
[email protected]

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