The need is great in Indianapolis
Santa hopes to deliver toys to more than 1,000 families in need this holiday season, but he needs your help! 12 area YMCAs are collecting new toys through Dec. 13 for the 18th annual YMCA Toy Drive event presented by Tom Wood Automotive Group. With help from the community, the YMCA hopes to provide 2-3 toys to more than 3,000 children up to age 15 from low-income families and area shelters.
Families must pre-register
Families who need holiday assistance must pre-register online by Nov. 29 or onsite from 8 – 10 a.m. on Nov. 3 at the Avondale Meadows YMCA. Call (317) 549-9622 for more information. Toys will be distributed to families from 8 a.m. – noon on Dec. 15 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center.
Y needs more Secret Santas like Bill
William Demaree, group director of fixed operations, and the Tom Wood Automotive Group team collected more than $42,000 worth of toys and donations last year. Many of these donations were bikes—hundreds of them—pre-assembled in a make-shift toy shop at its north side dealership.
“Every child should be able to experience the joy of receiving a new toy this holiday season,” says Bill. “But not everyone can afford to buy gifts for their children. We know Greater Indianapolis residents have generous hearts, and we’re asking for their help.”
Read how Bill got involved and how he saved Christmas for the kids.
The gift-giving program has brought joy and relief to over 40,000 families who may otherwise not be able to provide gifts to their children since it began 17 years ago.
DONATE A TOY TODAY!
For a donation, you can tap into UIndy, Butler, IUPUI, and Ivy Tech students and other volunteer groups to clean and help with outdoor projects this fall.
Four dates available:
- September 22
- October 6
- October 20
- October 27
Spots will fill up, register today!
Register for Fall Clean volunteers to help out with projects at your home this fall like raking, mulching, or painting. Once the work is done, then make a minimum donation of $175 to the Intercollegiate YMCA. It’s for a great cause! These students are all about serving the community. Money raised helps the Intercollegiate YMCA continue their work helping students after school in Indianapolis’s low-income housing neighborhoods and go on a yearly trip to work in a orphanage in Jamaica.
The more volunteers we have, the more homes we can serve. Register to volunteer as an individual, or as a group. Better yet, host your volunteers on one Saturday, and sign up to volunteer another Saturday.
Contact Jillian Chest for questions and more information. She’s ready to sign you up!
Keep calm and hop on!
Join us for the cutest, cuddliest event of the season; BUNNY YOGA! Come enjoy a relaxing yoga class while adorable, adoptable bunnies from local rescue organization, A Critter’s Chance, hop and play for the ultimate Zen experience. Admission is a $5 donation to the YMCA at the City Market’s Annual Campaign fundraiser, which helps children and families afford YMCA memberships and programs. Additional donations via cash or credit card are encouraged the day of the event to support A Critter’s Chance. Donations help them with spay/neuter and adoption costs for animals they house, including the bunnies! Spaces are limited so reserve your spot early!
You’ve never taken a yoga class quite like this! Our first Yoga in the Catacombs fundraiser session has SOLD OUT, so we’ve added this second session to make sure everyone has the opportunity to experience Yoga in this beautifully creepy historic space.
Join instructor, Katy Newton, deep in the historic City Market Catacombs for an workout experience you won’t forget. Spine tingling live music will be performed by Christopher Dance. Are you brave enough to find your center while things go bump in the night? All ticket sales are final and unfortunately we cannot switch class reservation times.
- Extra yoga mats will be provided
- Meet at the YMCA at the City Market
- The Catacombs have dirt floors, please be prepared with proper footwear
- Appropriate Halloween costumes are welcome and encouraged