The YMCA of Delaware Surpasses Fundraising Goal

Wilmington, Delaware – The YMCA of Delaware has raised $1,441,316.00 to  date to help children and families in need participate in YMCA programs. These  dollars fund YMCA financial scholarships through the Open Doors program. Delaware  citizens in long term or temporary financial distress can apply for these funds and  use them towards branch memberships, summer camp, childcare, preschool and  other Y programs. John Pierson, Annual Campaign Director for the YMCA of Delaware  said, “The goal this year was $1,355,000.00, so we are close to $100,000.00 over the  initial goal. The generosity of our members and volunteers never ceases to amaze me;  in fact it inspires me to do more.”  “We thank our members, volunteers, staff, our partners and the community for their  contributions,” said Deborah Bagatta-Bowles, Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of  Delaware. “These dollars give us the ability to insure everyone in Delaware has access  to a safe and welcoming environment with resources and opportunities to reach their  full potential. Last year, we provided 2.5 million dollars in financial assistance. In 2013,  we served over 100,000 people and had more than 18,500 children in our childcare  and camp programs. 800 of those children were served a healthy meal every day to  ensure their growth and development. The Water Wise program originally conceived  for inner city youth with limited access to swimming pools, expanded to third grade  students in some school districts, teaching thousands of children potentially life saving  skills.”  The YMCA of Delaware launched the Annual Campaign on February 15, 2014 and  received financial gifts from 5092 people. “The Y tries to strengthen Delaware by  providing access to everyone,” Deborah Bagatta-Bowles said, “and it takes a  community that cares to do it.  As one of the leading nonprofits for youth development, healthy living and social  responsibility, the YMCA of Delaware depends on financial gifts to do its vital work  so that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has an opportunity to  receive the support and guidance to learn, grow and thrive. The YMCA of Delaware  believes that when people have a place to feel welcome, have someone to encourage  them, and opportunities to participate in activities that interest them, they are more  likely to identify and achieve their personal goals.  To learn how to join, give or volunteer, contact John Pierson at 302-571-6962,  email him at

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