Swim Lessons Teach Water Safety, Fun Exercise For All Ages

Swim lessons at the Y have taught Evie life skills

YMCA swim lessons are a regular—and fun—part of life for 5-year-old Evie. She began swim lessons at the Witham Family YMCA when she was three and is now quite the little swimmer. “We love swim lessons here. This is the only place she’s taken... Read More

Drew Credits YMCA for His Life as World Triathlete

Family of athletes found friends and a place to train at the YMCA

Since he was four years old Drew Shellenberger has been competing in Triathlons. He began his training at the Baxter YMCA saying, “[the YMCA] has been a pretty big place in my life since I was young. I came here for basketball, soccer, and flag foo... Read More

Ami Sheds Pounds, Tones Muscles with Small Group Training

TEAM: Train with Effort, Attitude and Mission

Over two years, Ami had gained 30 lbs. while at an extremely stressful job. She was unhappy and did not feel healthy at all. Fortunately, she was able to land a new job that allowed her to get up often. She was averaging 15,000-18,000 steps a day and... Read More

Meet and Sponsor Y-Achievers to Help Them Prepare for College, Career

Preparing others for college and life

Since 1967, the Y-Achievers Program has been helping youth and teens reach their full potential by preparing them for college and beyond. This national college and career access and readiness program provides guidance to young adults on how they can ... Read More

Indianapolis Colts Coach Frank Reich Delivers Powerful, Faith-filled Message

Indy community gathered in prayer, reflection at YMCA Good Friday Breakfast

Former pastor and current Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich shared a powerful message of faith, family and football at the 51st annual YMCA Good Friday Breakfast in downtown Indianapolis. Before the event, he spoke to us about his own Y exper... Read More

Anonymous Donor Makes an Instant Impact

Donor with passion for swim lessons, makes them available to Lawrence families

When you see a need you want to do something about it. Sometimes the person who can make that change, steps up and instantly, lives are changed for the better. Thanks to an anonymous donor, the Benjamin Harrison YMCA has been able to provide 38 fa... Read More

Swim Lessons Give Davis Confidence, Independence

Each year, the Y teaches more than a million children how to swim

In 2017, 114 people drowned in Indiana. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the fifth-leading cause of unintentional injury death in the U.S. and second leading cause for children ages 5 to 14. Getting his feet we... Read More

Preschool Basketball Led Stephanie and Jaxson to the Y

A preschool basketball game put them on a journey to better health

My son Jaxson and I were invited to the Y from a parent of a child in his preschool. They were short one player on the 3-4-year-old basketball team so we decided to play. Thankfully the director let us pay the member price because the teams were shor... Read More

Mandy and Heather Get Fit

Two Perry Meridian HIgh School staffers share fitness journey at the YMCA

Have you ever wondered about the positive impact you have made on the life of another person? Mandy Martin is quick to point out that Heather Birge made a difference in her life. The two ladies have worked together for almost five years at Perry Meri... Read More

Sarah and family move to Indy

Big moves bigger changes

Have you ever moved to a new state and felt lost because you didn’t know anyone? What did you do in that situation? How did you acclimate yourself to your new surroundings? I can tell you what Sarah Johnson and her family did, they joined the Ba... Read More

Judy: The Joy of Giving Back

Judy gives back to her community through the Y

The act of volunteering means different things to different people. Some people volunteer on rare occasions and some people make it a way of life; it’s just a part of who they are. Everyone has probably given of their time at least once in their li... Read More

72-Year-Old Susie Sets Goal, Learns to Swim

Susie first learned Spanish, crochet and knitting and then how to swim

Susie Alloway is a 72-year-old woman with a zest for learning! When Susie was growing up her mom did not drive. As a result much of her time was spent near her home. This meant by the time she was an adult, Susie never learned how to swim. They just ... Read More

Paula Stays Active and Ageless with Exercise

Paula improved health and met friends with AOA fitness

Before retiring at age 67, Paula was sedentary, sitting at a desk and in a car 10-11 hours daily. Lack of exercise and hardly any physical activity led her to develop chronic asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure and morbid obesity. ... Read More

Free Workout Wednesdays Return to Georgia Street

Free Workout Wednesdays on Georgia Street provide perfect lunchtime exercise routine: May 2 – Sept. 26

Free Workout Wednesdays on Georgia Street provide perfect lunchtime exercise routine: May 2 – Sept. 26 All fitness levels are welcome for 45 minutes of fun, free, cardio classes at Workout Wednesdays in Downtown Indy We’re ready! Pack your ... Read More

A Balanced Life

20: The Number of Pounds Johnnetta Lost in 6 Months

Johnnetta Springer is a wife, mother of five children, full-time student, and part-time hair stylist. With such a busy life, Johnnetta found it difficult to stay consistent with working out and training, but she was ready to turn that all around and ... Read More

Caring for the Community

In its 20th year, the Y @ the Athenaeum’s Breakfast With Santa provides a memorable experience for guests from area homeless and domestic violence shelters, as well as underserved neighborhoods.

Registered families enjoy a buffet-style breakfast in the Rathskeller followed by crafts and entertainment. During the event, parents slip away to select a gift, stuff a stocking, and choose a book for every child. Secretly, the children do the same ... Read More

A New Smile

The Y: Helping Kathleen Spread Joy

Kathleen Boyd lives across the street from the YMCA at the Athenaeum. Before she became a member, she used to watch her friends coming and going from the Y. "I wished I could go to the YMCA," she recalls. Her health issues and the fear of how she wou... Read More

Y-Achievers Alums Are Making a Difference

Meet and sponsor Y-Achievers at lunch

“Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.” Kennedi Gilbert, DePauw University Class of 2021 2016 Eli Lilly S... Read More

Open Heart Surgery Led Linda to Volunteering

YMCA Volunteers Impact Lives -- Including Their Own

Heart Surgery to Health Linda Williams has been a regular, active member of our Active Older Adult group exercise classes since undergoing open heart surgery. But after years of enjoying her Y membership, she decided she wanted to do more and give b... Read More

Y Helps Place Child with Special Needs, Mother is Able to Keep Job

YMCA Before & After School Program provides a safe environment

For many parents, after school programs are a great way to keep children stimulated and busy with activity after the school day ends. But this isn’t always an option for parents of children who have special needs. Care programs for these children c... Read More