Helping the Community is Our Passion

We are proud to share with you the highlights of our outstanding accomplishments and community impact in the Central Florida area. We will continue to support the needs of our growing and diverse communities through quality programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

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The Y. Uniting Communities. And So Much More.

December 10th, 2013
Each day, more than 30,000 people walk through the doors of YMCA facilities serving more than 100 neighborhoods across Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Brevard and Marion counties.   They’re ...
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A Glittering Night Befitting
Our Gratitude to Major Donors

December 9th, 2013
  Over 1,000 major donors to the YMCA of Central Florida lit up the Orlando Museum of Art for our 12th annual Donor Celebration at the “Festival of Trees” on Sunday evening, November 17. ...
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YMCA Students Shine at National
Summer Learning Conference

November 18th, 2013
The YMCA of Central Florida was front and center during this week’s National Conference on Summer Learning attended by 680 education leaders and experts from around the U.S.   Wowing the ...
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YMCA Honors Local Military
Veterans and Their Families

November 7th, 2013
During November the Y is honoring the sacrifice of local veterans and their families by saying thank you and supporting their health and wellness.   Starting Veterans Day, Nov. 11, through ...
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Summer Learning: The Results Are In
And We Knocked It Out of the Park!

November 5th, 2013
It took teamwork, planning and partnerships, but the results of our two YMCA summer learning pilots are in and the outcomes are incredible.
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YMCA CONVENES LOCAL HEALTH EXPERTS
to COMBAT CHRONIC DISEASE

October 2nd, 2013
Y of Central Florida :: Healthy Living Initiative     YMCA CONVENES LOCAL HEALTH EXPERTS TO COMBAT CHRONIC DISEASE With chronic disease threatening the health, wellness and future of ...
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YMCA BRINGS LOCAL LEADERS
TOGETHER TO IMPROVE EDUCATION

October 2nd, 2013
Y of Central Florida :: Youth Development     YMCA BRINGS LOCAL LEADERS TOGETHER TO IMPROVE COLLABORATION AND STUDENT OUTCOMES With our children’s future at stake, more than 70 local ...
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Supporting the Health and Wellness
of Those Who Make Our Community Safe

October 1st, 2013
Coinciding with the 12th anniversary of 9/11, the Y of Central Florida was pleased to recently launch a new initiative to improve the health and well-being of more than 16,000 area first ...
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How the Y Serves the Health & Wellness
Needs of Fragile Communities

October 1st, 2013
As a cause-driven organization focused on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, an important part of the Y’s mission is to serve those who need us the most.   That’s ...
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The Y is Delving Deeper Into Nutrition

October 1st, 2013
When it comes to good health, what we eat is just as important as how often we exercise. That’s why the Y is in the diet and nutrition business. And we’re “digging” deeper every day.   ...
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Stronger Together: Partnering to Improve
Our Community’s Health

October 1st, 2013
The Y is fortunate to have the support of many like-minded partners who share our passion for health, wellness and strengthening communities. Together, we are taking action and improving Central ...
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Winter Park’s Easy-Access Pool:
New Era of Mobility, Health and Connection

September 25th, 2013
  Over Labor Day weekend, hundreds of Winter Park area residents turned out to celebrate the opening of the Y’s third – and newest ─ easy access pool.   With the local senior population ...
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The Y is Investing, Innovating and Improving the Health of Local Communities

September 25th, 2013
At the Y, we’re doing more than just talking about health and wellness. We’re also investing millions of dollars to modernize and expand our facilities.   Our goal: Create beautiful, ...
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Partnering to Reverse Summer
Learning Loss Among At-Risk Students

August 7th, 2013
To ensure that all kids have opportunities to progress – not regress – with learning over the summer, the Y has teamed up with two national partners to provide innovative summer reading pilots at ...
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A Bold Plan for Our Kids.
A Bright Future for Our Community.

August 7th, 2013
by Jim Ferber Most people know the Y as a safe, nurturing place where kids learn to swim, shoot hoops and become better athletes. But at today’s Y, kids are just as likely to have a reading coach ...
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How the Y Fosters Learning from Cradle to College

August 7th, 2013
YMCA Early Childhood Development Centers Operated at Walt Disney World Resort, these two centers give children, birth to age three, the consistent, nurturing care they need for the best possible ...
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Y’s New Summer Camp Program Boosts Kids’ Values
Reading and Wellness Time by 20 Million Minutes

August 7th, 2013
Eighteen months ago, the Y of Central Florida set out to revamp our summer camp program and make it even more effective in addressing the challenges facing today’s kids and families. In doing so, ...
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GET READY TO GET YOUR GAME ON!

July 16th, 2013
YMCA SUMMER CHALLENGE – ROAD TO THE OLYMPICS July 15 – August 30, 2013   Continue your journey to a healthier lifestyle by particpating in our six-week YMCA Summer Challenge. ...
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At the Y, Kids and Summer Learning Go Hand-in-Hand

July 16th, 2013
 At the Y, we believe summer should be a time of active play, learning and exploration for kids. But for too many children, opportunities to keep their minds and bodies active end with the school ...
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Y’s 2013 Annual Campaign
Close to Reaching $2.5 Million Goal

June 6th, 2013
Proving once again that our Y family is the most caring, generous group in Central Florida, we want to thank the 7,500 donors who have put our 2013 Annual Support Campaign on track to reach its ...
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YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program
Can Cut Risk of Disease by Nearly 60%

June 3rd, 2013
With more than 79 million Americans estimated to be pre-diabetic, chances are you or someone you know are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes – as well as the related, life-threatening ...
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Summertime is Y Time:
And We Have the Outcomes to Prove It

June 3rd, 2013
by Jim Ferber   As the school year ends, many local families are again facing the daunting challenge of keeping their children safe, active and learning over the summer.   With ...
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Realizing Your Potential at Any Age:
102 and Still Going Strong

June 3rd, 2013
When 102-year-old Don Napier walks into the YMCA’s Peggy and Phillip B. Crosby Wellness Center, it’s like the mayor has just arrived. From the warm welcome he receives at the front desk to the ...
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Central Florida Community Leader Glen Davis
Elected to Chair YMCA Metro Board

June 3rd, 2013
Glen Davis, an Orlando area business leader and retired President and CEO of Schuff Steel-Atlantic, has been elected chair of the 2013 YMCA of Central Florida Metropolitan Board of Directors. ...
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BELL and JPMorgan Chase Partner with Y
to Launch Innovative Summer Reading Programs

June 3rd, 2013
Based on the Y’s longstanding success in helping kids thrive – both in and out of school – we recently received two prestigious grants to launch summer reading programs for at-risk ...
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Jenkins Family Success Story

May 23rd, 2013
These days all families need help reducing stress and growing stronger. See how the YMCA of Central Florida helped the Jenkins family of Kissimmee deal with a life-changing event and find a ...
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YMCA of Central Florida Annual Meeting
Taking Action & Honoring Leaders

May 23rd, 2013
More than 400 guests and community leaders recently gathered for the YMCA of Central Florida’s Annual Meeting, which recognized leading 2012 local and global partners, volunteers, donors and ...
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Honoring Our Volunteers of the Year

May 22nd, 2013
At the heart of every Y family center, there are a select volunteers who give incredible amounts of time and energy to advance the Y’s cause.   During the Y of Central Florida’s annual ...
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Help Students Attend Teen Leadership Conference

May 21st, 2013
As part of the Y of Central Florida’s local focus and global impact, we’re excited to be sending 14 promising high school students and five young YMCA professionals to the 2013 YMCA Global Teen ...
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Jessica Freeman: Y Mission in Action

April 30th, 2013
As a wellness coach and personal trainer at the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Family Center, Jessica Freeman loves helping people transform their lives, but it wasn’t until the day she actually saved a ...
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Y’s RECORD-SETTING FIRST QUARTER

April 19th, 2013
Even for an organization that’s continually innovating and moving forward, the first quarter of 2013 has been an incredibly busy, productive time for the Y of Central Florida. From raising $16 ...
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NEW WAY TO IMPROVE EMPLOYEES’ HEALTH

April 18th, 2013
Did you know that employees who exercise regularly have lower rates of absenteeism and higher levels of productivity, energy and focus?  Or that many doctors now believe that sedentary lifestyles ...
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STAFF ADDITIONS: BRIGHTEST & BEST

April 18th, 2013
As the Y strives to be the most relevant, forward-thinking nonprofit in Central Florida, we’re always seeking the best and brightest minds to help guide our organization. That’s why we’re pleased ...
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Y ACHIEVERS 2013 COLLEGE BUS TOURS

April 18th, 2013
The Y’s Teen Achievers and Middle School Achievers groups recently completed their spring college bus tours, with nearly 150 kids participating. It was the first year for the middle-school group, ...
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SUMMER TIME MEANS “Y” TIME

April 18th, 2013
When it comes to kids, there’s school time, there’s family time and then there’s Y time – those “out-of-school” hours when parents are working and kids need a safe, nurturing place to learn, grow ...
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POWER OF Y PARTNERSHIPS: STRONGER COMMUNITY

April 18th, 2013
In the post-recession age of growing need and shrinking budgets, it’s become more evident than ever that no single organization can move the needle alone. But when nonprofit, business and ...
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YMCA’S LOCAL FOCUS AND GLOBAL IMPACT

April 18th, 2013
While many may simply view the Y as a local nonprofit, we’re actually part of a global network – 119 nations strong − that are working to unite and strengthen communities around the world. In ...
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CHANGING LIVES. INSPIRING FUTURES.

April 18th, 2013
One of the things that set the Y apart from many other local nonprofits is our promise to never turn people away due their inability to pay. It’s part of our mission and deep belief that for many ...
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HEALTHY LIVING: INVESTING. INNOVATING. LEADING.

April 4th, 2013
With a new organizational structure in place for our Y, we’ve aligned the necessary resources and expertise to support all of our upcoming capital expansion projects. In all, we have identified ...
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Strengthening the Spirit of Our Community

April 4th, 2013
Bringing the Easter message home to 800-plus local leaders on Good Thursday morning, Barry Black, 62nd Chaplain of the U.S. Senate and guest speaker for the 19th Annual YMCA of Central Florida ...
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Healthy Kids Day: Helping Kids Take on Summer

April 1st, 2013
With today’s families leading such stressful, hectic lives, it’s nearly impossible to make sure kids are getting enough time for exercise, reading and simple, old-fashioned outdoor fun.   In ...
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YMCA Celebration of Prayer to Feature – U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black

February 26th, 2013
The YMCA of Central Florida is bringing U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black to Orlando on Thursday, March 28 to share an inspirational message of faith and unity during the Y’s 19th Annual ...
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Committed To Fragile Communities

February 20th, 2013
Nearly every day around 3 p.m., staff at the South Orlando Y receieve a clear reminder of why their work is so important.   “As soon as school lets out at Oak Ridge High, kids start climbing ...
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CHANGING LIVES. INSPIRING FUTURES

February 20th, 2013
Last month I had the pleasure of meeting a bright, beautiful young lady who has overcome more tragedy and challenge than many of us will face in a lifetime. Only 15, Rabecca’s family life has ...
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Our Annual Support Campaign: “Y” It Matters

February 20th, 2013
As part of the Y’s commitment to social responsibility, more than 35,000 people − or one-third of our members − receive some sort of financial assistance. And with Central Florida’s poverty rate ...
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Y LEADING THE WAY IN PREVENTION

February 20th, 2013
We’ve all heard the saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And while the idea is hardly new, it’s certainly gaining new attention as America looks to reform its healthcare, ...
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22nd Annual Arthur ‘Pappy’ Kennedy Prayer Breakfast

January 21st, 2013
Uniting as a community to REMEMBER. CELEBRATE. and ACT. Each year the Y of Central Florida brings hundreds of community and business leaders together to celebrate the lives and legacies of civil ...
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