see the impact of our partnerships in the community
It’s with deep gratitude that we recognize and acknowledge our partners and donors for their continued dedication and support of the Y’s mission, programs, and services in this community.
Together, we’re committed to giving people the resources to reach their potential, providing individuals with the access and support to lead healthy lives, and connecting neighbors so they can come together for the common good.
Dr. Phillips Charities
With more than 30 years of commitment, more than $42.2 million in gifts, and countless lives and Y facilities transformed, the strength of our relationship with Dr. Phillips Charities speaks for itself. In 2003, the Y was named a major beneficiary of their foundation. With their help, we launched Safe Start, a youth swim program to combat childhood drownings across Central Florida. Most importantly, their support helped the YMCA of Central Florida transform into a leading association within the Y movement.
Advent Health and the Y are teaming up to improve the well-being our community. With similar missions focused on an individual’s health in spirit, mind, and body, we’re partnering on Healthy 100 Initiatives to promote cultures of wellness and the prevention of chronic disease. In three of our Y family centers, we host Healthy 100 Kids on-site programs. We jointly provide Y Diabetes Prevention Programs, family membership benefits, and accessible health education for our employees. Advent Health is also a gracious sponsor of our annual Y Celebration of Prayer, an event dedicated to uniting the community in faith.
Building on a strong 13-year partnership, Orlando Health has become the exclusive provider of health and wellness programs at the Dr. P. Phillips, Roper, Wayne Densch, South Lake, and a future Y location in Clermont. Depending on community needs, programs may include educational workshops, sports medicine, or direct medical and rehabilitative services, similar to those Orlando Health has been providing at the Dr. Phillips Y for many years. In 2013, Orlando Health’s rehabilitative program at the Dr. Phillips Y recorded nearly 4,000 patient visits. In a new extension of the partnership, Orlando Health’s Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children will be working with its physicians to promote Safe Start, an innovative infant water survival program, to parents and families.
The ROPER fAMILY
Loyal, lifetime supporters of the Y with more than $1 million donated to our community efforts, the Roper Family are dedicated philanthropists. Barbara Roper is also an active member of the Metro Board.
Wayne Desnch Charities
Through a generous $1.6 million investment, Y facilities have been built in neighborhoods in need of a welcoming place to grow and thrive. As part of the Y’s dedication to supporting youth development, the proximity of Y locations provides access to valuable mentors and role models in addition to other support systems and wellness resources.
Time, insights, and leadership are the hallmark of the Darden Foundation. Their $900,000 in donations for renovation efforts in South Orlando and Wayne Densch Ys have helped our communities and our young people to grow and succeed in a safe environment. Clarence Otis was on the Metro Board for two years and continues to provide leadership capital to the YMCA of Central Florida.
Walt Disney World Resort
Four and a half million dollars goes a long way towards giving kids a place to thrive and parents peace of mind. In 2003, the efforts of the Walt Disney World Resort helped establish two family centers with a focus on childcare, addressing the needs of cast members and working families.
Orange County Public School System (OCPS)
Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) joins forces with the Y for the good of our community’s children. OCPS enables us to run Middle and Elementary After School programs that provide kids with a safe and engaging positive learning environment.
In 2006, Lockheed Martin provided a major gift to the South Orlando Y to give students a jumpstart in math and science. The Technology Center was built to encourage math and science interests among students in local schools to promote student engagement as they grow up to be productive and innovative citizens.
Orange County Government
Among other things, with the help of the Orange County Government, the Y built in a public park to provide a venue for the general public to stay healthy and to provide the youth with access to sports, recreation, and learning programs unique to the Y.
The City of Kissimmee and Osceola County Public Schools together raised $1.9 million to establish the Osceola County Y, a community hub that provides programs for adults, teens, and kids as well as a special teen center designed to be a safe, fun place for young people to congregate after school.
Developer Beat Kahli
Avalon Park is the first Y Express built to serve the needs of the Avalon community. Through this partnership, the Y enjoys their extensive outdoor facilities and spaces to offer youth sports and recreation programs.
Lake Nona Property Inc., Tavistock, City Of Orlando, Orlando Regional Healthcare System
Together, we’ve created a new school model to help our children succeed. The Lake Nona YMCA/Northlake Park Community School began as an experiment with an ideal balance of educational resources and physical education housed in one ideal location. Combining the best of both worlds, students can stay at school until 7:00 pm to participate in swim teams, sports, performing arts, music classes, and more. Not having to leave campus to travel to other locations reduces safety issues, conserves time and resources, and allows parents the peace of mind of not having to leave work early to attend to their children.
The school has been A-rated every year since its inception more than a decade ago and ranked in the top 10% of the state of Florida. Lake Nona YMCA/Northlake Park Community School students have gone on to outperform their peers both in Florida and across the US. Of the roughly 650 students, 60% of them are minorities, and the school assists 37% of students receive reduced/free lunch. The school boasts large classroom windows and front-and-center music rooms to encourage student creativity and enjoyment. A subsequent benefit of this forward-thinking partnership is also the creation of a more dynamic and engaged culture that attracts the best and brightest teachers. The Y feels this model can revolutionize education by creating a true community center that engages and attracts people to reinvest in schools.
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The Y knows that positive change starts with bringing the right partners to the table. Together we embrace the opportunities created by public and private partnerships to make the world a better place.Become a Partner