Category: Social Responsibility

April 01, 2016
With pools, lakes and beaches all around us, drowning is a leading cause of death among Florida kids, ages 1 - 14.   To help kids stay safe in and around the water this summer, the YMCA of Central Florida is offering 10,000 complimentary swim lessons to children ages 4 to 12 during our Safety Around Water event, April 25-28.  Introductory lessons will be provided by certified Y swim instructors,… [...]
March 27, 2016
Bringing the Easter message home to 800-plus area residents, best-selling author and inspirational speaker Elizabeth Smart said that the power of prayer is real and can transform lives in astonishing ways. As keynote speaker for the YMCA’s 22nd Annual Celebration of Prayer, Smart began by thanking everyone who prayed for her during the 2002 kidnapping, which captivated the nation. At age 14, Smart was taken from the bedroom of her… [...]
February 26, 2016
Please join us for the 22nd Annual YMCA Celebration of Prayer, a community-wide prayer breakfast event that ushers in the Easter season and unites our community in faith, prayer and understanding. Thursday, March 24, 2016 7 a.m. First Baptist Church of Orlando 3000 S. John Young Parkway Orlando, Fl 32805  This year's guest speaker will be New York Times best selling author, Elizabeth Smart.   When Elizabeth, at age 14,… [...]
October 21, 2015
TIME IS RUNNING OUT!  NOV. 22 IS THE LAST DAY TO DONATE A SMALL GIFT AND MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD For the 19th consecutive year, the YMCA of Central Florida has joined forces with the Samaritan’s Purse in support of Operation Christmas Child, an annual gift-filled shoe box drive for children in need. Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, collecting… [...]
September 25, 2015
The YMCA of Central Florida wishes to honor the memory of Jim Hinson, Former President, CEO and Chairman of Dr. Phillips Charities, who recently passed away. Hinson transformed Dr. Phillips Charities into one of the most generous local charitable organizations with the YMCA of Central Florida as its primary support agency. The YMCA of Central Florida has benefited greatly from this generosity, as have countless other local arts, cultural, educational,… [...]
August 25, 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, the Y of Central Florida has been especially blessed. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Phillips Charities has invested an astounding $38,447,923 in our Y, including its most recent gift of $4.2 million. It’s a monumental legacy that’s… [...]
January 07, 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.   Not long ago, one of these youth, Jason Towne, dropped out of school and was lost on the streets, until he found his way to the YMCA of Central Florida.   Thanks to a… [...]
January 02, 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, youth sports, swim lessons and more. The majority of these dollars are generated through our Annual Support Campaign, which reflects the tradition of “servant-style leadership” that the Y has been teaching for nearly 130 years.  Last… [...]
January 02, 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 through academically based programs focused on values, reading, wellness and reducing family stress.     From infancy through college, we are helping children enter school ready to learn, close the achievement gap and graduate on time. To prevent bullying and school violence, we’re instilling values. And… [...]
January 02, 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 project of Samaritan’s Purse.   For the 17th year in a row, the Y sent more than 25,000 gift-filled shoe boxes to kids around the world. In addition to treats, toys and hygiene items, many of the boxes also contained… [...]
January 02, 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 equal. Nearly half serve financially challenged communities such as Pine Hills, South Orlando, Kissimmee and Titusville where families are under tremendous stress. Enter the Y of Central Florida. With the support of Dr. Phillips Charities, Winter Park… [...]
December 11, 2013
With the Y of Central Florida’s 2013-14 Annual Support Campaign gearing up, we’ve set a goal to raise $3.2 million to help improve the lives of more than 90,000 children, families and seniors who need us the most. People like Y scholarship recipients Stacy-Ann Nembhard and her young sons Tristan and Jarid, who visit the Wayne Densch YMCA in Pine Hills several times per week. As a single mom, Stacy-Ann… [...]

Our 2010 Successes

June 27, 2011
We came together to celebrate our milestones and accomplishments in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility at our Annual Meeting.  Last year, we opened our doors to the community more than six million times and more than 230,000 people were affected by our impact. One of our greatest accomplishments was continuing to expand our presence in the community by starting or completing construction of new Family… [...]