Mission & History

Our Mission

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Our History

What is today – the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA – started in 1919 at a meeting in New Smyrna Beach and for nearly 100 years now has been a vital part of the communities it serves.

A brief history – Three years after that first meeting, in 1922, the old Castleman building on Beach Street in Daytona Beach became the Triple Cities – Daytona, Daytona Beach and Seabreeze – YMCA. Those cities later incorporated and became the present city of Daytona Beach. By 1930, Triple Cities YMCA became the Halifax Association. It was later renamed the Daytona Beach YMCA. DeLand’s YMCA opened in 1967 in a two-room suite. Swim lessons were held in nearby backyard pools. The DeLand location burned down in 1972 and a new facility opened on Spring Garden Avenue two years later. Daytona Beach got a brand new YMCA building in 1975, followed by a new DeLand YMCA in 1979 and new YMCAs sprouting up in Crescent City, Ormond Beach, Port Orange and Deltona over the next ten years.

1997 saw the Grand opening of the Gadbois/Thrower Family Center in Deltona. This facility included an outdoor pool, fitness center, multi purpose room and offices. New ball fields were dedicated on 4 acres at the Deltona YMCA in 1999. In 2001 Phase II opened at the Deltona branch adding to the current 9300 square feet. In 2010, the Four Townes Family YMCA (Deltona) renovation completed.

The year 2000 brought the Grand opening of the Southeast Volusia YMCA in Edgewater, followed by the opening of the zero-entry pool at the 2002.

In 2008 the West Volusia Association and the Greater Daytona Beach Association merged forming the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA.

2010 saw the establishment of the The Robert L. Voges Memorial Fund which is supported by individuals, families, and organizations who are committed to providing children – regardless of their financial status – an opportunity to experience the wonder of residential camp at Camp Winona.

2010 also saw the opening of the Holly Hill Family YMCA.

In 2014, renovations were completed at the Port Orange and Southeast Volusia Family YMCAs.

2015 brought plans for a completely reimagined and renovated Ormond Beach Family YMCA. The first step in the undertaking is the completion of  the pool renovation.

Mission Statement: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

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