Find Your Reason to Give Empowering Wellness Across Generations
In every corner of our community, the YMCA is a beacon of hope, promoting wellness for all ages. We understand that physical and mental health are fundamental building blocks for a fulfilling life, and we are dedicated to ensuring that everyone, from the youngest children to our treasured seniors, can access the support they need to thrive.
Supporting mental wellness is your opportunity to empower individuals of all ages with self-esteem, coping skills, and a lifeline in challenging times.
Fostering physical well-being means nurturing lifelong healthy habits, ensuring children grow up active and engaged and that aging adults enjoy an enriching, healthy life.
Find your reason to give and be a part of our transformative journey, ensuring a resilient, strong community with access to essential physical and mental health support. Your generosity shapes a healthier and happier future for all ages.
As we wrap up the year, our commitment to being a vital resource for the community remains unwavering, whether it’s aiding students, supporting fitness goals, or fostering social connections among seniors. Witness these stories to experience our dedication to Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility, and join us in making a positive impact as we continue to empower youth, promote well-being, and inspire positive change in our communities.
Raising a Family
“There are things that I didn’t think I could do. It’s taught me and my kids that we are strong and we can do a lot more than we think we can.”
Amy’s story is a testament to the transformative power of family-oriented wellness. She understands that nurturing the mental and physical health of her family is a cornerstone for a fulfilling life. In a world where demands and distractions can easily pull us in different directions, Amy’s commitment to visiting the YMCA with her loved ones is truly inspiring.
Beyond Winning Games
“If you’re here, you’re family.”
Coach Seth Millis approaches his role at the Y as more than just winning games. He prioritizes personal growth, character development, and creating a positive and inclusive environment for his players. Building strong relationships and fostering open communication, Seth instills values of teamwork, resilience, and sportsmanship. Seth’s impact extends beyond the field as he supports his players outside of practices and games, serving as a mentor and positive role model. For Seth, coaching at the Y is about making a lasting difference in the lives of his players beyond the final score.
Creating Healthy Habits
“I wanted to show my daughter better habits.”
Helen is a full-time student and mom who enjoys coming to the Y for health and wellness. She says it’s all about setting an example for her daughter and showing her the importance of creating healthy habits.
Finding Home through Community
Everyone has a story. Here at the Y, your story matters
To Chondra, the Y is more than just a gym. It’s a community. Through her extraordinary faith, Chondra moved to Central Florida during the pandemic to support her daughter through a hard time. She found the Dr. P. Phillips Y and from taking one class, she also found a second home.
Growing through Scholarships
“The Y has been a really impactful part of my life.”
The YMCA has been an important part of Alex’s life since he was a child. Thanks to the Y’s scholarship program, he and his family were able to come to the Y for wellness, sports, and community. Several years later, Alex now serves as the YMCA’s Regional Sports Director and Annual Giving Campaign Team Member Captain
Finding Friendship through Competition
“It’s not about competing, it’s about sharing moments together.”
Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in America. For YMCA member Reinaldo Mercado, pickleball is more than just a sport. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage month, we invite you to watch Rei’s Y Story – exclusively in Spanish. ‘Pickleball’ es uno de los deportes con más rápido crecimiento en los Estados Unidos. Para Reinaldo Mercado, miembro de la YMCA, el ‘pickleball’ es más que un simple deporte. Honrando el Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana, lo invitamos a ver Rei’s Y Story – exclusivamente en español.
Sharing the Y with Family
“There’s a lot of freedom here. Freedom like you have in a family and I like that this is very much a family organization.”
For twin sisters Marjorie and Margaret, the YMCA is more than just a place to stay healthy in body, mind, and spirit. It’s also a way for them to pay it forward and help their neighbors in need.
Achieving Healthy Living Together
“This is where you can come to clear your mind.”
Peter and Melinda Morales inspire each other to be the best version of themselves. Hear why they love coming to the YMCA to grow stronger in mind, body, and spirit.
Discovering a Sense of Community
“You feel okay because there are other people, in classes or the pool, who are kind of at the same level you are. Then you watch them progress, as well as yourself. It becomes a giant group hug after a few months because it becomes your community.”
In her search for community, Gina Clark has found a new group of close friends through the YMCA. Working through rheumatoid arthritis has been a challenge, but Gina has been able to overcome the feeling of isolation and grow closer to her YMCA family through movement and group exercise.
Finding Passion & Purpose
“Not only has the Y helped me live a healthy lifestyle physically, but it has helped me life a healthy lifestyle mentally and emotionally. It’s helped me discover my passion and my purpose. This organization has been instrumental in the growth of the person that I’ve become.”
In 1999, Vinny Huff first joined the YMCA for the opportunity to walk across the stage and receive his high school diploma. Now over 20 years later, Vinny continues to grow in spirit, mind, and body as a part of our Y family.
A Lifelong Legacy at the Y
“Pickleball, to start with, is fitness and fun rolled into one. If you try it, you’ll wind up meeting people that you may have never met.”
Andy Pawlowski loved to play Pickleball at the Y with his late wife, Bonnie. Now, everyone who steps onto the court will be reminded of their special bond for generations to come.
Enjoying Amenities & Supporting Scholarships
“Even if I’m not able to come in… I know that what I spend here is going back into the community.”
Brad and Nathan Hager frequently visit their YMCA to take advantage of the variety activities like pickleball, group exercise classes, and swimming. What’s most important to them, though, is that they know their memberships support Y scholarships.
Growing a Support System
“Not only do I get a great workout, I see a lot of friends here. You start to build relationships with people and they do become like family.”
Susan has been a Y member for more than 30 years, often arriving as the doors are opening each day. She’s become part of a tight-knit family of Y members who not only exercise together, but also experience both the joys and the hard times together.
Joining for Fitness, Staying for Friendship
“There are a lot of seniors here that come every day like me, and we’ve become friends. Not only gym friends, but friends on the outside as well.”
Vanda Knowles has been a member of the Titusville Y for years. Although she originally joined based on a recommendation by her doctor, she’s grown to love the Y for the community it’s provided her. Nowadays, you can find her at the YMCA five times per week!
More than Just a Gym
“My Y family has supported me after so much. I can’t imagine every going anywhere else.”
Following a difficult move, Debbie struggled with loneliness while adjusting to her new life in Central Florida. Although it can be intimidating to try something new, she can’t imagine what her life would be like nowadays if she hadn’t decided to go to Bible Study at the Y.
Wellness at the Y
Prioritizing mental and physical well-being is the foundation of a healthier, happier life, and our diverse range of group exercise classes at the YMCA offers a holistic approach to wellness. Whether you’re looking to burn calories, acquire new wellness skills, strengthen muscles, or connect with a supportive community, our classes cater to individuals of all skill levels, making it easy to take the first step toward a healthier you. Join us to nurture your overall well-being, both mentally and physically, in a welcoming and encouraging environment.Learn More
Participating in sports is a fantastic way for kids to stay active and maintain their overall health. Our Youth Sports program not only helps children enhance their skills but also encourages positive attitudes and good sportsmanship. Through teamwork, they’ll form lasting friendships, create cherished memories, and develop both physically and mentally, all while having fun and being part of a team.Learn More
The YMCA of Central Florida’s Leaders’ Club is a dynamic program tailored for teens aged 13-18, designed to not only nurture their leadership skills but also contribute to their overall well-rounded development. Through engaging community service initiatives, inspiring guest speakers, fun activities and games, valuable volunteer opportunities, and more, teens embark on a transformative journey that not only equips them with leadership qualities but also enhances their well-being.Learn More
Together, we can create a healthier and happier community for all.
Make a difference in our community’s well-being! Your support can empower healthier lives and brighter futures.