Category: The Power of Giving

November 17, 2015
On Sunday, Nov. 15, more than 600 of the YMCA’s most generous donors, including the Warden Family, gathered for the YMCA’s annual Festival of Trees appreciation event at the Orlando Museum of Art. It was the 14th year for the celebration, which thanks and recognizes major donors whose charitable giving supports the Y’s cause and mission. During the event, the Y presented its 2015 Dr. P. Phillips Champion of Youth… [...]
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,… [...]

Operation Christmas Child

September 25, 2013
Few things make us feel as good about ourselves as when we take the time to help someone else. At the Y, we see the sense of satisfaction in our volunteers every day. One way that everyone can give back is with Operation Christmas Child.   The Y of Central Florida has participated in Operation Christmas Child before, and this year we are challenging our communities and partners to help us… [...]
February 20, 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 over the back fence and trying to sneak into the Y,” said Liz Diaz, South Orlando Y membership coordinator. “They want to be here because it’s a safe place to play basketball and be… [...]
February 20, 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 rising, the need for Y quality programs and services continues to grow. With an estimated 25% of Central Floridians now living in poverty, many parents are working several jobs just to survive. In addition to the enormous financial… [...]
February 20, 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, education and criminal justice systems.   Here at the Y, we’ve been at the forefront of prevention for decades. In fact, our organization is leading the way in preventing – and reversing – many complex… [...]
June 20, 2012
At the YMCA of Central Florida, we depend on our volunteers and donors to move our cause forward daily. On June 14, we brought over 300 volunteers, donors, and members together at our Tangelo Park YMCA to honor the men and women who have made possible for us to impact the lives of many throughout Central Florida. Our Annual Gathering is held every year and we present three awards to… [...]
June 07, 2012
People don’t realize that the Y is more than a swim and gym. In fact, the Y is a cause that provides members with a way to connect in a secure environment and help neighbors right in their own communities. And we are happy to report that the connection and caring is stronger than ever. One way we help those in need in our communities is through our Annual Support… [...]
March 06, 2012
Y GOLF LEARNING CENTER GOLF EVENT We are passionate about nurturing the potential of every child in our community.  That’s why we are bringing the community together at the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge for our Tangelo Park Golf Tournament, March 9. This inaugural golf tournament provides the means for our education initiative in Tangelo Park to move forward. We are determined to offer the best programs and… [...]
February 07, 2012
It’s time to re-introduce ourselves. We are the Y of Central Florida – an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living and foster a sense of social responsibility. No other organization touches as many lives as we do. In fact, most other non-profit organizations have a small footprint in one or two neighborhoods, but our… [...]

Y Golf & Learning Center

November 22, 2011
We are passionate about nurturing the potential of every child in our community.  That’s why Orange County Government Parks and Recreation invested money in re-doing the golf facility for our Y Golf & Learning Center after school program. Thanks to Orange County Government Parks and Recreation, our Tangelo Park location’s Y Golf & Learning Center now has a nicer facility that will bring the community together, not only for the… [...]
November 22, 2011
At the Y, one of our areas of focus is social responsibility which means we mobilize local communities to effect lasting, meaningful change. That is why we partnered with Operation Christmas Child to send off shoeboxes that will go all over the world directly into the hands of children in need. Operation Christmas Child allows children to experience opening a Christmas present for the first time in their lives. It’s… [...]
November 15, 2011
Here at the Y we believe we can make a real difference in the lives of people and communities we engage within our country and around the globe. That is why we support Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse annual gift-filled shoe box drive intended to improve the lives of many suffering children overseas.   During the week of November 14-21, 2011, our 25 local Y of Central Florida family centers… [...]
June 15, 2011
In 2010, 6,120 volunteers gave more than 286,000 hours of their time to support the efforts of the YMCA and our members. This year, those volunteers along with our donors allowed the YMCA of Central Florida to provide resources and guidance to 230,000 Central Floridians. At our Annual Meeting, we recognized those who stand by our cause. We specifically recognized Clarence Otis, Brenda Fettrow and Sandy Hostetter for their leadership… [...]
May 19, 2011
Kristen Formet has been with the Y for 10 years. She is a Safe Start Master Instructor and loves her job. When her daughter Madison was 13 months old she completed the ISR Survival program (Safe Start’s founding partner). After Madison’s lessons, Kristen was amazed at what her young daughter learned. "I immediately researched becoming an instructor. Being a stay at home mom, I was thrilled to hear that Dr.… [...]

Change Lives

April 06, 2011
We want to show you what the Y Scholarship Campaign does for our community, and the best way to do that is to share a mother’s story. I wanted to let you know that you have made a difference in the life of a little girl. My three year old daughter and I were recently relocated by the Court. She had to get used to a new city, a new… [...]

The Power of Giving

January 04, 2011
Be a Friend Did you know that 6,380 of your friends and neighbors donated 275,000 hours last year to support efforts at the Y? Their time and energy makes all the difference in our communities. Learn how to meet other great people and share in the power of giving, too. Learn More [...]

Be a Friend

December 28, 2010
Did you know that 6,380 of your friends and neighbors donated 275,000 hours last year to support efforts at the Y? Their time and energy makes all the difference in our communities. Learn how to meet other great people and share in the power of giving, too. This year, over $9.6 million, or 10% of total revenues, went to support our youth, health initiatives and neighbors in need in communities… [...]