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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24th Annual Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy MLK Prayer Breakfast features Chaplain Black and Sisaundra Lewis

December 19th, 2014
JANUARY 19,2015 @ 7:45AM The YMCA of Central Florida and the SW Orlando Jaycees present the 24th ANNUAL ARTHUR “PAPPY” KENNEDY MLK PRAYER BREAKFAST in commemoration of Dr. Martin ...
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Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Celebrates Mission Expansion with a Groundbreaking Ceremony

November 7th, 2014
More than 300 guests, community partners and members of the Dr. Phillips community gathered on the front lawn of the Dr. Phillips YMCA to celebrate the $9.5 million expansion and renovation of ...
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YMCA of Central Florida Celebrates Food Day | Friday, Oct. 24

October 21st, 2014
Food Day is a year-round nationwide celebration of and movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food culminating in a day of action on October 24 every year. Created by the ...
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Florida Hospital For Children’s Center for Child & Family Wellness: The Y Connection

September 17th, 2014
Getting fit and physically active are major components in helping kids improve their wellness and maintain a healthy weight. That’s why Florida Hospital for Children partners with the Y to ...
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Retiring Dec. 31 With a Strong Plan for the Future

September 16th, 2014
 (Presented during Aug. 28 YMCA Metro Board Meeting)   Dear Y Friends and Family, After careful thought and deliberation, I’ve decided to retire at the end of the year. My wife, Deb, and I ...
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23,900 Kids Smarter, Healthier And Ready For School

September 3rd, 2014
From reading great books and sailing in the Keys to racing rockets and exploring careers, more than 23,900 kids enjoyed a jam-packed summer of fun, growth and learning at the Y. Families were ...
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YMCA Partners with Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children to Promote Safe Start Infant Water Survival Program

September 2nd, 2014
Drowning is the No. 1 killer of children under age 5 in Florida. It only takes a few minutes for a child to drown or sustain serious, life-altering injuries. Children, as young as 6 months of ...
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Dr. Phillips Charities: Impact That Makes a Difference

August 25th, 2014
In 41 years of nonprofit leadership, I can safely say that no other philanthropic benefactor has ever had a deeper impact on a community than Dr. Phillips Charities. As its primary beneficiary, ...
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YMCA and United Way Team Up to Help Teens Access College

August 12th, 2014
To make the college application process less daunting for teens and families, the Y of Central Florida and Heart of Florida United Way have teamed up to launch the “Going to College” texting ...
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Did You Know Father’s Day Began at the YMCA?

June 11th, 2014
As we prepare to celebrate dads this Sunday, let’s take a look back to how it all got started. Did you know Father’s Day began at the YMCA? It was founded in Spokane, WA, at the YMCA ...
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Y Expands Healthy Living Through Partnerships and Capital Projects

June 9th, 2014
In response to changing health care trends, the Y of Central Florida is expanding its hospital partnerships and facilities to deliver community-based health and wellness services in innovative ...
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YMCA Makes Big Splash for Water Safety at Fern Creek Elementary

June 6th, 2014
As part of the Y’s century-long commitment to keeping kids safe, confident and secure around water, more than 350 Fern Creek Elementary students recently participated in free swim lessons at Cady ...
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Idyllic Summer at the Y: Improving Kids’ Learning and Lifelong Success

June 3rd, 2014
Everyone likes to think of summer as an idyllic, carefree time when kids enjoy enriching family trips to museums, read great books and get plenty of active, outdoor play. But for far too many ...
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Orlando Attorney Charlie Egerton Elected Chair of YMCA Metro Board

June 2nd, 2014
Charlie Egerton, founding shareholder at the law firm of Dean Mead Egerton Bloodworth Capuano & Bozarth PA, was recently elected 2014-2015 chair of the YMCA Metropolitan Board. Egerton has ...
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YMCA Partners with Florida Hospital and NBA FIT to Host Youth Basketball Clinic

June 2nd, 2014
The YMCA of Central Florida partnered with NBA FIT, Florida Hospital for Children and the American College of Sports Medicine to host a basketball fitness and nutrition clinic at the South ...
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YMCA Kicks off the Summer Season with Water Safety Program

May 28th, 2014
The YMCA of Central Florida kicked off the summer season on Saturday, May 17, with a Splash Bash Celebration, where more than 160 minority youth received free swim lessons. The celebration, ...
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May 14th, 2014
More than 400 guests and community leaders attended the YMCA of Central Florida’s Annual Meeting, which recognized the leading 2013 partners, volunteers, donors and staff who helped advance the ...
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April 24th, 2014
Join us on Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at your neighborhood Y Family Center for Healthy Kids Day!  This FREE community event is a great way for families to get up, get active and start ...
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April 23rd, 2014
More than 1,000 local leaders were present at the 20th Annual Celebration of Prayer Breakfast held at First Baptist Church of Orlando on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Major Dan Rooney (USAF Ret.), a ...
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We Can Do So Much More with You

March 10th, 2014
The Y of Central Florida’s Annual Support Campaign has officially kicked off with a $3.2 million goal to make the Y available and accessible to more than 31,500 neighbors in need. Leading the ...
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Major Dan Rooney to Headline Celebration of Prayer

March 10th, 2014
Major Dan Rooney, a great American patriot, author and man of faith will headline the YMCA’s 20th Annual Celebration of Prayer on Thursday, April 17. Tickets and corporate tables are now ...
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Frank DeLuca YMCA Groundbreaking

March 10th, 2014
After five years of big dreams, hard work and incredible fundraising, construction has begun on the new Frank DeLuca YMCA Family Center in Ocala. More than 325 people turned out for the Feb. 21 ...
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Dr. Mae Jemison Leads Martin Luther King Jr. Event

January 20th, 2014
In keeping the “C” alive and well at the Y and across our community, the Y of Central Florida united more than 1,200 people of all faiths and backgrounds for the 23rd Annual Arthur “Pappy” ...
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A Place That Shows Youth the Other Side of Life

January 7th, 2014
Central Florida is fortunate to have many great youth organizations, but it’s only at the Y – as the crossroads of our community – that at-risk youth get to experience the other side of life. ...
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Honoring Selfless Community Spirits

January 2nd, 2014
In October, we honored Barbara Roper and her late husband Bert for their incredible generosity in establishing the Roper YMCA Family Center in Winter Garden. It was also a chance to recognize ...
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Great Communities. Great Philanthropy.

January 2nd, 2014
Not everyone knows it, but the Y never turns anyone away due to an inability to pay. In fact, one-third of our members receive some sort of financial assistance for membership, after school care, ...
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Helping Youth Thrive at Every Stage of Development

January 2nd, 2014
Through our focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, the Y provides the complete “wrap-around” support today’s kids need to reach their full potential. And we do it ...
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Operation Christmas Child Another Huge Success!

January 2nd, 2014
Few things feel better than helping kids in need. Just ask the thousands of Y members, staff and volunteers who joined together to support Operation Christmas Child, an international mission ...
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A Legacy of Sustainability and Social Responsibility

January 2nd, 2014
When we talk about Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, nothing highlights the heart of the Y’s mission better than our 11 Outreach Ys. The fact is, not all Ys are created ...
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