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… [...]
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.… [...]
April 22, 2011
The Y brought the Central Florida community together in prayer to strengthen their spirit at the 17th Annual Celebration of Prayer on Thursday, April 21. With the support of Florida Hospital and other community leaders, we prayed to make our community stronger in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Guest speaker Kathleen Kennedy Townsend reinforced the need for faith and social responsibility in her words. She… [...]

Alex’s Story

April 19, 2011
Alex Tran, age 17, qualified this year for the YMCA National Swimming Championship by going 2 seconds faster than the qualifying time in the 200 yard breaststroke. Four years ago he could barely swim. His mom, Rosanna Tran, remembers Alex as, “Shy, always stuck in front of a computer, and almost overweight.” Now, he swims for the YCF Swimming team at the YMCA Aquatic Center. [caption id="attachment_7334" align="alignright" width="217"] Before… [...]

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… [...]

Learn to Swim Here

April 04, 2011
We are teaching kids to swim every day. One of our own employees learned to swim here and is now giving back to the Y. Here is what she had to say. “My first swim coach poured into me all of the attention and social skills a girl could need. She inspired a passion in me for aquatics and a desire to push myself in athletics. Currently, I am giving… [...]
March 22, 2011
Here at the Y, we are determined to improve our community’s health and well-being.  One of the ways we do that is by educating you on healthy eating choices.  Our YMCA of Central Florida provides you with dietary and nutrition education that will assist you in making the right choices for you and your family.  With so little time and so much information, healthy eating can seem a daunting task.… [...]
March 21, 2011
Join us for our 17th annual YMCA Celebration of Prayer on April 21. We will be hearing from our special guest speaker, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. She wants to share a message of faith and inspiration with you and nearly a thousand community and business leaders during Central Florida’s official Holy Week prayer breakfast. The celebration takes place from 7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Orlando located… [...]

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 [...]

News & Events

January 04, 2011
Join the Cause The Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast honors the lives of civil rights leaders, Martin Luther King and Orlando’s own Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy, Orlando’s first African-American elected official. Learn More [...]

Yvonne’s Story

December 28, 2010
Yvonne Boots’ story is an inspiring one. She had a challenging pregnancy with insulin-dependent diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, which fatigued her and made getting back in a shape even more difficult than she imagined. Determined to change the way she felt and to get re-involved with her local Y (The Oviedo YMCA), Yvonne approached the then brand new center to take up teaching classes, something she had previously done and… [...]
December 28, 2010
It’s a new year and a new opportunity to be in your best health. The Y has some great tips to help you achieve your goals. Stay on track. Your health is worth it. And we can promise you’ll feel better. Exercises for weight loss – find a balance between cardio and strength activities. To eat or not to eat – to get the most out of your workout, provide… [...]

Join the Cause

December 28, 2010
Each year the YMCA brings together people of all ages and backgrounds for a prayer breakfast celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. This year Dr. Benjamin Carson, Johns Hopkins internationally acclaimed neurosurgeon, spoke to a sold-out crowd of nearly a thousand community and business leaders.  Dr. Carson is known for being the first to have successfully separated conjoined twins and for his medical techniques that have pioneered advancements in… [...]

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… [...]

Community Investing

December 28, 2010
In 2010, the YMCA of Central Florida invested $4.2 million to support operations of 10 family centers in communities traditionally considered underserved. These Ys are South Orlando, South Lake, Wayne Densch, Tangelo Park, Osceola, Blanchard Park, Titusville, Suntree and the Teen Achievers Program in middle and high schools across six counties. You might be surprised how much you can do to make a difference right here in your community. Learn… [...]
December 28, 2010
The Y is dedicated to solving serious problems that we’re facing in our communities today. Like addressing childhood obesity and offering many proactive and health-minded solutions for our young members. Other strong and popular programs include preventing childhood drownings through a swimming initiative called “Safe Start.” This program is all about getting your kids in the swim of things with the very best instructors who will teach them the basics… [...]

COME TO THE Y

December 22, 2010
Whether you've been a member of the Y for years or you're new and looking for more information, we warmly welcome you. Click here to get a Free Day Pass. [...]