The YMCA of Delaware Launches the 2015 Annual Campaign to Support Community Needs

Wilmington, Delaware – The YMCA of Delaware is launching its annual campaign to ensure that everyone in the state of Delaware has access to the YMCA and vital community programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Every day, the YMCA of Delaware opens their doors to people and neighborhoods that need support by addressing community issues, such as school readiness, chronic diseases, food insecurity, closing the summer education gap and more.

“Throughout Delaware, thousands of people know the Y, but there’s so much more to our Y, said Deborah Bagatta-Bowles, Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Delaware, “The Y is a place to get healthy and we’re a charity dedicated to developing the potential of every individual, child and teen by providing the programs and resources needed in our communities.” This year, the YMCA of Delaware hopes to raise $1.5 million dollars. Funds raised will support scholarships for family, senior and individual memberships, scholarships for day camp and overnight camp, youth sports programming, swimming and water safety programs, childcare and more.In 2014, The YMCA of Delaware awarded three million dollars in scholarships fees.

Last year, charitable gifts from YMCA donors made it possible to teach 2,719 underserved children water safety skills. We served 132,934 free, nutritious meals and snacks to our after and before school children. To learn more about how you can support the Y’s cause, contact Deborah Bagatta-Bowles at or at 302-571-6907.

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.