June 06, 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 $2.5 million goal.   “Thanks to an incredible outpouring of generosity, this year’s campaign reached new heights,” said 2013 Campaign and Metro Board Chair Glen Davis. “But the true measure of our success will be… [...]
June 03, 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 problems of heart disease, blindness, kidney disease and stroke.   To help you take charge of your health, classes are now forming for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.   Based on cutting edge research from the National Institutes… [...]
June 03, 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 dual-working or single-parent households now the norm – and quality, affordable summer programs difficult to find -- it’s always my nightmare that thousands of local kids will be left home alone.   This, despite that fact that research shows… [...]
June 03, 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 good friends he chats with on the wellness floor, everyone knows and loves Don and his lovely wife, Carolyne. Together, the two are an inspirational team who represent what it means to live life to the… [...]
June 03, 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. Davis replaces outgoing chair Helena Ryan. In addition to serving on the Y Metro Board and Executive Committee, Davis also chaired the Y’s 2013 Annual Support Campaign, which raised $2.5 million for local children, families and seniors in need. Long active… [...]
June 03, 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 students at McCoy Elementary and Union Park Middle School.   Created in partnership with YUSA and BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), the McCoy Elementary program will provide 6.5 hours per day of academic support in reading, math and… [...]
May 23, 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 staff who helped advance the Y’s cause to strengthen the foundation of our community.   Held Thursday, May 16 at the Lake Nona YMCA/Northlake Park Community School, the meeting also included the election of the Y’s new Metro board chair, Glen Davis,… [...]
May 22, 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 meeting, we recently honored Rhoda Fisher, of the Titusville Y, and Tim Haberkamp, of the Wayne Densch Y, with the 2012 Ronnie Walker Unsung Hero Award. It recognizes volunteers of 10 years or more who truly exemplify the spirit of Y servant leadership. The award was named for Ronnie… [...]
May 21, 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 Leadership Conference in Prague, Czech Republic. During the week-long August event, the students will join with 10,000 peers worldwide to share their faith, exchange ideas and learn how they CAN make a difference through the YMCA… [...]
April 30, 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 life that she truly understood the commitment to serve. Thanks to extensive CPR and life-saving training, Jessica knew exactly what to do when a Y member recently suffered a near-fatal heart attack while working out at the… [...]
April 19, 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 million to help neighbors in need and expand our facilities − to hosting two hugely successfully prayer breakfasts that united thousands of local leaders, the Y is truly an organization that pushes the envelope and gets things done.  … [...]
April 18, 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 are more harmful than smoking?   As part of the Y’s focus on Healthy Living, we are now offering a Corporate Partnership Program that helps companies improve employee health, while controlling skyrocketing healthcare costs. In addition to a healthier workforce… [...]
April 18, 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 to announce the addition of two new two staff members who are recognized leaders in fields.   Dr. Brenda Fettrow, former Cocoa City Manager and longtime friend of the Y, recently joined the Y as District Vice President of… [...]
April 18, 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, which enjoyed a one-day visit to UCF, Valencia Community College and Rollins College. Over the course of their four-day excursion, the high-school Achievers toured Alabama A&M University, Tuskegee University, Fisk, Meharry Medical College and other leading Southeastern universities. Many also… [...]
April 18, 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 and thrive.   That’s especially true over summer vacation, which is why our 22 Family Centers are gearing up to offer a variety of great “Y Time” programs and adventures for kids of all ages.  … [...]
April 18, 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 governmental partners work together, it creates “triumvirate” of stability and effectiveness that’s difficult to beat. At the Y, we’re fortunate to have many incredible partners, including Dr. Phillips Charities which has been the catalyst for the Y’s phenomenal growth and… [...]
April 18, 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 fact, based on our efforts to “build bridges” within the Central Florida community, our Y was recently recognized as a Global Center of Excellence by the YMCA of the USA.   Intended, in part, to… [...]
April 18, 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 local kids and families, the Y is simply their best, most direct connection to a better life.   It’s why we offer Y scholarships to more than 35,000 kids, families and seniors… [...]
April 04, 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 $28 to $32 million in capital projects for 9 of our 22 Y Family Centers, including the Dr. Phillips, Frank DeLuca, Winter Park, Blanchard Park, Crosby, Oviedo, Wayne Densch, Osecola and J. Douglas Ys.   In fact, with design… [...]
April 04, 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 Celebration of Prayer breakfast, asked the audience “How many of us are carrying a cross we did not choose to carry?” In asking the thought-provoking question, Chaplain Black challenged guests not to respond to life with indifference, but… [...]
March 25, 2013
Here in Florida, kids are never far from a swimming pool, lake or beach, which makes water safety a key concern for parents, caregivers and others.   That’s why the Y offers Safe Start, a one-of-a-kind drowning prevention program, which teaches infants and young children the skills they need to be safe and have fun around water.   Geared to children ages 6 months to 6-years-old, classes are taught by… [...]
February 26, 2013
[caption id="attachment_24861" align="alignright" width="150" caption="U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black"][/caption] 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 Celebration of Prayer Breakfast.   Attended each year by more than 1,000 community leaders, the event is the largest of its kind held locally during Holy Week.… [...]
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
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 always been difficult, but when her father suddenly died last year it touched off a storm of emotions that left her frightened, hopeless and alone.   Finding little support at home, Rabecca began acting out… [...]
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… [...]
February 20, 2013
All parents want the best for their children. Close bonds, good friends, strong values and sense of belonging. But sometimes unexpected things happen that can truly turn a family’s life upside down. Such was the case five years ago for Osceola YMCA members Eric and Janelle Jenkins. As the parents of two beautiful little boys with a third on the way, things seemed nearly perfect. But when Eli was born… [...]
January 21, 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 rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy, Orlando’s first African-American elected official.  The reason is simple: it supports our legacy as a Christian organization and brings our diverse community together in prayer just as… [...]
January 08, 2013
More than 1,700 runners filled the Marion County YMCA parking lot and fields Thanksgiving morning to participate in our 17th Annual Turkey Trot.   Our annual 5K raises money for our Scholarship program, which provides financial assistance for people in our community to participate in Y programs. At the Y, we believe that people of all ages and all walks of life should have the opportunity to participate in programs… [...]

2013 Press Releases

January 08, 2013
Get the latest news and developments at the Y of Central Florida, one of Central Florida's largest nonprofits committed to strengthening the communities it serves. YMCA of Central Florida Honors Top 2012 Volunteers and Donors at Annual Meeting Glen Davis Elected Chair of YMCA of Central Florida Metro Board 22nd Annual Arthur "Pappy" Kennedy MLK Prayer Breakfast Welcomes speaker Dr. Fitz Hill YMCA’s 19th Annual Celebration of Prayer to Feature… [...]
January 04, 2013
Every day, your Golden Triangle YMCA helps the people of Lake County grow healthier and stronger. It's a commitment that our employees take very seriously. Our goal is to help everyone, from toddlers to adults, make the very most of their lives. In 2013 we want you to GET BACK TO YOUR BEST and we can help you reach your goals through our COACH APPROACH program, a personalized wellness program… [...]
November 21, 2012
Evans Hubbard is our Champion of Youth. Each year, he supports a wide range of charitable programs and organizations like the YMCA dedicated to education, youth, community service, health and the arts. He has consistently supported the YMCA in our efforts to create a safe place for kids and families in undeserved communities at our Tangelo Park YCMA where his support provides kids a chance to build life skills in… [...]
November 21, 2012
Our youth sports program has many great physical and mental health benefits for kids that play. With the childhood obesity epidemic, youth sports are used as an amazing avenue for kids to get out and exercise while participating in a safe and fun environment. Along with the exercise, kids are also learning how to work as a team while building their self-confidence and self-worth. Parents and coaches also see social… [...]
November 15, 2012
At the Lake Nona YMCA, we are intentionally bringing together our diverse neighborhoods and forging a supportive, nurturing and unified community for every man, woman and child in Central Florida.  That’s why, we are coming together for our Jingle Bell Family Fun Run/Walk.  This holiday season come join us as we promote healthy living and unite families and our community.   Everyone is welcome to participate.  Bring your family and… [...]
November 15, 2012
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and as a leading nonprofit committed to improving the nation’s health and well-being, the YMCA of Central Florida is encouraging people in Central Florida to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and take the steps to prevent the disease through programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.  During National Diabetes Awareness Month, our Tangelo Park YMCA is encouraging yout to take… [...]
November 12, 2012
Protect the Right to Play More children than ever are involved in scheduled, structured activities.  Children benefit greatly from unstructured play as well.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, free play helps children grow and develop toward important intellectual, emotional, and social milestones along their developmental journey towards becoming a healthy teen and adult.   Introduce Children to Nature A growing body of research is pointing to the fact… [...]
November 12, 2012
At our Y, we make it our job to provide family time by bringing families together to have fun and grow together. That’s why we provided not-so-scary fall festival for our South Orlando community. We brought together over 300 families to participate in an environment where they could relationships with other families in the community. Some of the highlights were the mummy wrap race, trick or treating in our various… [...]
November 08, 2012
At the Osceola County Y, we are intentionally bringing together our diverse neighborhoods and forging a supportive, nurturing and unified community for every man, woman and child in Central Florida.  That's why, we are coming together for our Annual 5K Jingle Bell Run/Walk.  This holiday season come join us as we promote healthy living and unite families and our community.   Everyone is welcome to participate.  Bring your family and make this a holiday… [...]
November 07, 2012
At the J. Douglas Williams YMCA every fall we bring families together with our youth basketball league.  Hundreds of  kids spend their Saturdays at the Y learning new skills and team work.  Our coaches instill powerful values and leadership in our basketball players, which prepares them for future life experiences.   On the television.  In the movies.  In the songs you hear in the radio.  It seems as though everywhere you… [...]
November 05, 2012
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and as a leading nonprofit committed to improving the nation’s health and well-being, the YMCA of Central Florida is encouraging people in Central Florida to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and take the steps to prevent the disease through programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.  During National Diabetes Awareness Month, we encourage all community members to take control of… [...]
November 05, 2012
At the Y, we're bigger than a health club.  That's why the Roper YMCA hosted our Major Donor Celebration dinner at the Garden Building in Downtown, Winter Garden. At the event, we recognized donors that made contributions of $1,000 or more to the Roper Y Youth Scholarship Campaign. This particular campaign helps keep less fortunate kids off the street and gives them opportunities to learn, grow and thrive. The Roper Y is committed to developing… [...]
November 05, 2012
At the Downtown Orlando YMCA, we are constantly living our cause by strengthening our communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.   Promoting health living is not just about fitness, it also includes what we nourish our mind, body and spirit with. Recently, we celebrated Healthy Living week at the Downtown Orlando YMCA. During this week, we decided to launch our Eat More Produce farmer’s market corner. The enormous… [...]
October 08, 2012
Staying focused on healthy living can be hard to do around October, especially for kids. With alarming childhood obesity rates on the rise, the Y is encouraging families to choose healthy and non-food treats as an alternative to sugary and unhealthy candy this season.   There are many healthy, yet fun, choices on the market to entice trick-or-treaters, and choosing to be healthy isn’t as hard as you think. We've… [...]
September 17, 2012
At the Y, we want to build an even stronger community in Marion County. With a thriving presence already in this local community, we aim to renovate the Y and make it a vital part of the Ocala community.   Now is the time to stand together and advance the cause in Marion County. We created a $4 million Capital Campaign steering committee, chaired by Steve Wingo, who is keeping… [...]
August 24, 2012
  At the Y, we are committed to come alongside parents and guardians to make this school year a time when kids realize their potential and discover who they are and what they are able to achieve.  Here are a few ways we are helping parents and children have a less stressful school year. HIGH QUALITY, AFFORDABLE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS With parents working harder than ever, they need an affordable… [...]
August 13, 2012
At the Y, we are determined to provide a place where the community can come to be healthy, active, connected and secure. Increasing unemployment rates and foreclosures brought a lot of negative attention to Osceola County, driving business to divest in this area. Yet, when other businesses backed out of the community, the Y stepped in and was determined to be the spark that ignited change and hope in the… [...]
July 20, 2012
YMCA OLYMPIC CHALLENGE Amazing things happen when our limits are stretched. As the Olympic Games get started, we want our members to have fun as a team and clear personal hurdles with our 6-week YMCA Olympic Challenge. Whether its swimming laps or taking a yoga class that intimidates you, we want you to be adventurous and try something new. ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL Finish 12 activities and win GOLD. Finish 9… [...]

2011 Annual Report

July 17, 2012
The Y sees the potential where others might not. This year's Annual Report was WE SEE. We are proud to share with you the outstanding accomplishments the Y is making in Central Florida. Our Annual Report allows you to see our mission in action. Our history has been marked by undeniable accomplishments in face of the challenges of changing times, but more than anything, what marks our history is our… [...]

Howie’s Story

July 11, 2012
Howie Apple is an inspiration to many. As an aging athlete he wanted to stay as active as he could, then he got the news that he had Parkinson’s Disease. Over the last several years, the Crosby YMCA Wellness Center has become central to the quality of his life. Howie always enjoyed an active lifestyle. He was a tennis player and skier in Cleveland, and later took up running and… [...]
July 11, 2012
A visit from Michelle Obama   At about 3:30 pm on Tuesday, July 10 2012 two White House secret service representatives approached our Blanchard Park YMCA Camp coordinator and requested a private meeting with her. They said, “We want to let you know Michelle Obama is on her way to this Y location to spend time with the kids in your Summer Camp program”.   It turns out, the White… [...]
July 09, 2012
The Y family and the entire community lost a champion, philanthropist, scientist, mentor, teacher and wonderful friend on Wednesday, July 4.  Bert Roper, who started his career tending citrus trees for 10 cents an hour and became a citrus giant and inventor died after a short battle with lymphoma.  He left a legacy that will continue to impact the Central Florida community and remind us of his generosity and mission. The… [...]
July 07, 2012
Most adults remember their childhood summers as a time when kids and families were active and outdoors, spending time swimming, reading, hiking, and taking family vacations. Maybe they remember eating healthy fruits like watermelon and vegetables like corn-on-the-cob. But for most Americans this reality is far from this picture. As school doors close during the summer, many children face safety concerns, laziness, learning loss, risk for obesity, and food insecurity… [...]
June 21, 2012
Last year, we kicked off THE COACH APPROACH® a customized, one-on-one support program that helps individuals stick to a fitness routine and keeps them active. The program was developed by medical professionals in response to a shocking new research finding: 98% of the population does not exercise as much as they need to. This statistic can lead to serious diseases and bad health. At the Y we are focused on… [...]
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… [...]
June 07, 2012
At the Y, developing the minds of our youth is just as important as coaching them in basketball or teaching them how to swim.  That’s why we are hosting the 11th Annual MATE International ROV Competition in our own YMCA Aquatic Center during June 21 - 23. We are working together, because the MATE Center and the Y have similar goals with respect to education programs. No other YMCA has hosted… [...]
June 06, 2012
Most adults remember their childhood summers as a time when kids and families were active and outdoors, spending time swimming, reading, hiking, and taking family vacations. Maybe they remember eating healthy fruits like watermelon and vegetables like corn-on-the-cob. But for most Americans this reality is far from this picture.   As school doors close during the summer, many children face safety concerns, laziness, learning loss, risk for obesity, and food… [...]

2012 Press Releases

June 05, 2012
Stay informed about the latest news and developments about the Y of Central Florida's efforts to strengthen community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.   YMCA of Central Florida to Honor Donors at Annual Festival of Trees Celebration Titusville YMCA Receives $10,000 Grant from Jess Parrish Medical Foundation for Youth Scholarships YMCA Aquatics Center hosts International MATE ROV Competition YMCA of Central Florida Kicks-Off Pool Season with Safe… [...]
May 03, 2012
At a time when Central Florida families face mounting challenges and stress posed by a tumultuous economy, the Y is continuing to be a beacon of hope that provides options for parents and kids to live happier and healthier lives. Managing stress through activities has never been more necessary, especially for our kids. The American Psychological Association reports that 46 percent of Americans feel significant worry when it comes to… [...]
April 10, 2012
More than 10,000 children – some as young as six months old – have learned life-saving techniques in the water over the past 10 years as part of Safe Start, the innovative water safety program launched by the YMCA of Central Florida with support from the Dr. Phillips Charities in 2002.   We invite you to celebrate the lives that have been changed. Join us at the 10th Anniversary of Safe… [...]

Press Releases

April 09, 2012
YMCA of Central Florida Kicks-Off Pool Season with Safe Start Safe Start Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Central Florida The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is helping people in Central Florida stave off developing type 2 diabetes Estilo de Vida / Life Style YMCA's 18th Annual Celebration of Prayer to feature Virginia "Gigi" Graham" Red Tail Pilots Largest Cardio Class Leonard Williams, Sr. Receives YMCA Champion of Youth Award Y Golf After… [...]
March 29, 2012
Renovation Update: Phase 2 Complete More people in Osceola County are creating healthy relationships, teens are getting off the streets and people are living healthier lives. Our impact is being felt deeper and wider because we are able to welcome more of our neighbors in our Osceola Y, including our Latin community. Just recently, our Director of Wellness Mariana Gonzalez was on Revista “InfoMas”, a program of Bright House Networks.… [...]
March 28, 2012
At the Y, we know that healthier communities are stronger communities. That’s why we are working hard to ensure that you to learn your risk for type 2 diabetes and take action to prevent it.                                   WHAT'S HAPPENING IN AMERICA   Unhealthy eating and declining physical activity has led to an explosion of type 2 diabetes.  Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes and a staggering 79 million people have prediabetes,… [...]
March 06, 2012
COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS THROUGH SPIRITUAL GROWTH Join us as we bring the community together for our 18th annual YMCA Celebration of Prayer on April 5. We will be hearing from our special guest speaker, Gigi Graham. She wants to share a message of faith and inspiration with you and nearly a thousand community and business leaders during Central Florida’s prayer breakfast. The celebration takes place from 7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.… [...]
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… [...]
March 06, 2012
At the Y, we are determined to stand by our mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.  That’s why we bring the community together so that we can bring about lasting and personal change. United, we advance our mission to improve all lives in Central Florida.   Join us as we bring the Brevard community together for our 8th… [...]
February 23, 2012
  At the Y, we believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Our basketball programs  provide thousands of youth today with values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors and better health. Lives are changed in our gyms and fields that impact our communities and our world.   Basketball and the Y have a unique relationship. As Central Florida… [...]
February 21, 2012
SHOWCASING CAREERS FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE   We gathered our Central Florida community yesterday to introduce new math and science tools that kids need to pursue careers in engineering and aviation. Students were able to learn from the Tuskegee Airmen who were determined to persevere in the midst of adversity.  Just like the pilots were determined, the Y is determined to help kids reach their potential by developing programs and opportunities.… [...]
February 21, 2012
February 25, 10:00 a.m. - The Y of Central Florida is bringing the community together to celebrate American Heart Month by hosting the World’s Largest Cardio Class in Central Florida. All Y Family Centers will simultaneously host a free group fitness class featuring a mash-up of popular cardiovascular exercise programs including Zumba, step aerobics and boot camp. We invite you to join us as the Y brings the community together… [...]
February 15, 2012
Be part of something bigger - Bringing our community together to inspire our youth   Come together as we show Central Florida youth that math and science careers are great options to a building a better future. We’re advancing our cause to strengthen communities by creating new programs that promote youth development. When we are united, we can make a stronger impact on our youth.   The Y and its… [...]
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… [...]

Heart Healthy Tips

February 06, 2012
5 tips to help prevent heart disease   February is American Heart Month, and the Y is in the business of preventing the leading cause of death – heart disease.  Protect your heart with these 5 medication-free steps.   1. No smoking   Smoking or using tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease. Chemicals in tobacco can damage your heart and blood vessels, leading… [...]
January 11, 2012
Renovation Update: Phase 2 Something new and exciting is happening in Osceola County where so many families have been hurting.  Since September, our employees and volunteers have been working around the clock to bring the community an improved Y.  Now, our doors are open revealing an enhanced Osceola Y.  So far, the improvements are making this community healthier and getting children and teens off the streets, thanks to Dr. Phillips… [...]
January 03, 2012
Renovation Update    Why do we need to renovate the Osceola Y? Being the leading county in the state of Florida for foreclosures and one of the hardest hit by the recession, Osceola County is a county in need.  At the Y, we want to help people live better lives. Our renovation will allow us to provide more of the programs, services and initiatives that make healthier communities, get children and teens off… [...]
January 03, 2012
Bringing Our Community Together Each year the Y of Central Florida brings hundreds of community and business leaders together to celebrate the lives and legacies of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy, Orlando’s first African-American elected official.  The reason is simple: it supports our legacy as a Christian organization and brings our diverse community together in prayer just as Dr. King and Pappy Kennedy… [...]

Nutrition or Exercise

January 02, 2012
We all know that nutrition and exercise are important for our well-being and help us lose weight, but should you focus on one more than the other this New Year?   Nutrition   Research shows that cutting calories through dietary changes seems to promote weight loss more effectively than exercise and physical activity. Most people find it hard to eliminate the amount of calories through exercise that can just be… [...]
January 02, 2012
What will you do this year to be healthier? You may be making bold resolutions on January 1 to eat right and exercise. Here, at the Y of Central Florida, we encourage you to think small and reach your goal – one focused step at a time. Why not start out with these few healthy living tips?   New Year’s Healthy Living Tip No. 1: Eat Sensibly   Look for… [...]

3 Levels, One Commitment

December 30, 2011
Helping you achieve your health and wellness goals   At the Y of Central Florida, we are committed to improving the health and well-being of our residents. This commitment goes beyond asking you to simply join a fitness facility to exercise. Rather, it connects you to a health movement that looks to create a profound impact on disease prevention and adherence to a healthy lifestyle, all to better the overall health… [...]
December 30, 2011
We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. Because of the Y, children and teens learn values and positive behaviors, and can explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their potential. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow. That’s why we hire the best coaches and child development staff to develop tomorrow’s leaders.   Abraham was… [...]
December 01, 2011
The statistics tell us that only 3% of Americans enjoy exercise enough to make it a consistent part of their everyday lives. So we’ve decided to focus on the rest of us. Those of us who know what regular exercise is the right thing to do, but just can’t find the motivation. With the help of Dr. Jim Annesi, we are implementing a new wellness program that works for real… [...]

Osceola Y Groundbreaking

November 22, 2011
Osceola needs a great Y and thanks to Dr. Phillips Charities and Mary Jane Arrington, the Y broke ground November 3 to reinvent the Y to better serve the men, women and children of Osceola County. Arrington led our Osceola County Y Capital Campaign and raised $250,000 and Dr. Phillips Charities contributed a matching $1.5 million toward our Osceola Y. Read about the event written by Around Osceola.   [...]

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 Member-thon

November 17, 2011
November is a great month to get into the exercise habit. Come learn about our new wellness program that helps you stick with an exercise program, state-of-the-art equipment to support your health goals, terrific classes that fit your level of fitness and warm, welcoming staff ready to help you.    Visit any of our 25 Family Center locations across Central Florida between November 21st and November 30th and get started… [...]

Festival of Trees

November 15, 2011
Creating Meaningful Impact   The Orlando Museum of Art Festival of Trees has a special meaning to the Y of Central Florida. It is the yearly event where we bring our community of donors together to celebrate their unparalleled support for our cause and give thanks for their generous gifts that create meaningful impact in the lives of many neighbors in need across our Central Florida community.   This year’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… [...]
November 14, 2011
There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. We are strengthening Central Florida communities and our impact is spreading to nations abroad. We were honored to receive a visit from the National Olympic Committee of Afghanistan on Saturday, November 5th.   The delegation, led by Lt. General Mohammad Z. Aghbar, President of the General Directory of Physical Education and Sport, chose the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA for theirUSvisit at… [...]

Be Healthy at Work

November 01, 2011
In 1960, one out of two jobs required moderate physical activity; today only one in five do. The other 80% of the American workforce remains sedentary all day. The shift means that the average worker is burning 120 to 140 fewer calories a day at work. [via USA Today]     At the Y, we are determined to help you live a healthier lifestyle. We asked Wellness Director, Kelly Prather,… [...]

THE COACH APPROACH®

October 10, 2011
START SMALL. AIM HIGH. 97% of Americans struggle to complete regular exercise each week, even though we know how important it is for our health and well-being. Ask yourself the following 2 questions:  Do I exercise 2-3 days a week?  Have I done this consistently (every week) for 6 months or more? What your answer means. If you answered no to either or both questions, we would like to invite you… [...]

Lillian’s Story

September 13, 2011
Lillian Christian was told during a routine blood test that her sugar level was too high. She is now one of  57 million people in the US who have prediabetes. Studies show that many people with prediabetes develop type 2 diabetes in 10 years, but it can be prevented or delayed by up to 58 percent through changes in lifestyle. “I was flabbergasted by the news that I had prediabetes, but thankful… [...]
September 12, 2011
Osceola needs a great Y and thanks to Dr. Phillips Charities and Mary Jane Arrington, the Y is breaking ground in September to reinvent the Y to better serve the men, women and children of Osceola County. Arrington led our Osceola County Y Capital Campaign and raised $250,000 and Dr. Phillips Charities contributed a matching $1.5 million toward our Osceola Y.. Why do we need to reinvent the Osceola Y?… [...]
August 18, 2011
Our Winter Park Y renovations have wrapped up and we want the community to come out to see your new Y. These new renovations will help the Winter Park community by building stronger relationships and healthier lives.   Our renovations, expansions and new Ys are about building program space. At the Winter Park Y, we’ve created a place to bring the entire community together so that they can develop lasting,… [...]

GET MOVING

July 20, 2011
AIM FOR BETTER HEALTH. SIGN UP TODAY.   Get Moving is about improving the health and well-being of our communities. By taking 10,000 steps a day or enrolling in 30-Day personalized program you will not only take steps to a better you, but also to a healthier Central Florida community.   By taking part in our 30-Day Health Challenge you can: Prevent future disease by taking initial steps to get… [...]

2010 Annual Report

June 27, 2011
We are proud to share with you the outstanding accomplishments the Y is making in Central Florida. Our Annual Report allows you to see our mission in action. Our history has been marked by undeniable accomplishments in face of the challenges of changing times, but more than anything, what marks our history is our commitment to helping people. - 2010 Annual Report [...]

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… [...]
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… [...]
June 03, 2011
The Y is a cause for strengthening the community, working tirelessly to nurture the potential of kids, improve the nation's health and well-being, and give back and support our neighbors. One of the ways we are strengthening Central Florida is with our Lake Nona Y/Northlake Park Community School. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend recently wrote an article for The Atlantic about her visit to our Lake Nona YMCA/NorthLake Park Community School. In… [...]

Safe Start

May 19, 2011
Safe Start's influence is spreading across Central Florida. Tyler Mckenzie from z88.3 shares how the Safe Start program has touched her family's life.</p? As a parent I am always looking for ways to protect and guide my children. The YMCA Safe Start program has been an incredible tool in helping me to accomplish that when it comes to water safety. My 4 year old Emma Grace started lessons when she… [...]