Middletown, DE– YMCA of Delaware, the state’s leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, recently reached a Memorandum of Understanding with officials in Middletown to build a new, state-of-the-art facility in the vicinity of Silver Lake.

This $26 million endeavor will serve as the center of community life and will have the power to fuel economic development, improve community health outcomes, strengthen academic results, and bring people from all walks of life together. YMCAs across the state have a proven history of uniting communities and providing critical services and support to individuals and families.

With Middletown being one of the fastest-growing communities in Delaware, the Y anticipates serving 15,000 individuals annually through membership, community-based programs, before and after school enrichment and summer camp. In addition, the Y will bring 350 new, local jobs to the Middletown area, providing a workforce development pathway for many first-time job seekers.

Across Delaware, there are existing disparities in income, health care access, education, and quality of life. The Y helps to bridge these gaps and inclusion serves as a core value of the YMCA.

“We never turn anyone away due to financial need. In an effort to make our Y accessible to all, we provided over $5.5 million in financial assistance to low-income families and individuals last year. We anticipate the new Middletown Y will provide over $500,000 annually in financial assistance to the local community,” said Chief Executive Officer, Deborah Bagatta-Bowles.

The Y established a Middletown start-up location on Cass Street in 2017 and has steadily grown its presence and impact in the community. Not only has membership tripled in size since the grand opening, but the Y now manages the silver lake pool and has provided life-saving swim lessons to almost 700 children and adults. Each year, the Middletown Y continues to grow its childcare programs through summer camp and before and aftercare at four local schools, now serving 150 children per week. In addition, the Y has been able to provide support to over 100 cancer survivors through the LiveStrong at the YMCA program.

“I am proud of the impact we have had so far in Middletown, but there is a need to do more. We are committed to strengthening this growing community, helping to improve healthy lifestyles and close existing gaps in services for families and individuals,” said Bagatta-Bowles.

The hard work starts now with a major fundraising campaign. Community collaborations and successful fundraising are critical to achieving the vision of bringing a new YMCA to Middletown. For more information, please contact Bev Lacy, Vice President of Capital Campaign and Strategic Advancement, at blacy@ymcade.org or 646-242-4305.

About the YMCA of Delaware

The YMCA of Delaware is Delaware’s largest non-profit organization committed to strengthening local citizens through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. With eight branches statewide 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.


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.


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