Former Marine David TRIs Something New

David swam, biked and ran his way across the triathlon finish line

David came to the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA in November of 2018 out of desperation to lose 10-15 pounds before an event at the end of the year. As a former Marine, David volunteers each year for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. As the eve... Read More

Felita Finds Family at the Y after Cancer Diagnosis

Felita Bradford finds strength in LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

No one ever believes that it will happen to them. Then one fateful day, on January 4, 2017, Felita Bradford received a diagnosis she could not imagine; she had breast cancer. Discovering Support While going through treatments at Methodist Hospital,... Read More

Swimming Makes a Difference to This 9-Year-Old

Ellie writes her own Y story about swimming

She may only be 9, but Ellie has done Y swimming programs for many years. She has written her own Y story about what she's gained through YMCA swim programs. "My name is Ellie Hamilton. I am nine years old. I am on the swim team for the Benjamin ... Read More

Barely Able to Walk, Mildred Gets Back on her Feet

Mildred Lewis shares her Y story

“I started coming to the Y five years ago after a trip to Miami Beach, FL where I saw seniors walking, jogging, biking and doing yoga in the park. Seeing these physically active seniors inspired me to become one as well, even though most of the eq... Read More

Quality Preschool, Convenient Downtown Indianapolis Location

Give your child a head start with Preschool at the YMCA!

Looking for a dynamic preschool program in downtown Indianapolis? The YMCA at the Athenaeum offers one multi-age, developmentally appropriate learning experience in a safe, caring community for children and their families in the heart of the Mass Ave... Read More

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!

Join the staff, volunteers and sponsors for Breakfast with Santa at the YMCA at the Athenaeum on December 8!

In its 22nd year, the YMCA at the Athenaeum’s Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 8 will provide a memorable experience for guests from area homeless and domestic violence shelters, as well as underserved neighborhoods thanks to hard work from nearly 150... Read More

Eli Lilly Gives Back to YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

Over 100 volunteers gave 13 hours of service to brighten Indy and YMCA camp

Eli Lilly gives back to the Indianapolis community during Global Day of Service Every day, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis engages hundreds and thousands of people, from all walks of life. Whether it be helping a cancer survivor find their physical... 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 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

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

Evie Learns About Water Safety at Swim Lessons Too

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

Baxter YMCA Holds Many Memories for Wells Family

When adult children are in town, they go back to the YMCA

Beverly Wells and her children made lifelong memories going to the Y nearly everyday. They did basketball, football, soccer, swimming, diving, Day Camp, the Y Indian tribe and so much more. She chose the Y for her family among other reasons, because ... Read More

The Anderson Family Plays Hard Thanks to Play and Learn

A safe place to learn, grow and have fun

About two years ago, Landon and Christina and their growing family joined the Y when they moved to Lebanon to start a new church. Landon is the pastor of Restoration Church Lebanon, which meets at the Witham Family YMCA. He's a busy dad and serves as... Read More

Mom Loses Weight, Becomes Instructor at the Y

The Y is a part of Jenn's healthy lifestyle

After overcoming postpartum depression and changing her eating habits, Jenn joined the Witham Family YMCA to focus on exercise as a part of her lifestyle change. She fell in love with Les Mills BodyPump™ classes at the Y and with the encouragement ... Read More

Linda Manages Diabetes, Inspires Others at Benjamin Harrison YMCA

Active senior inspires with smiles and action

There are people in the world who were sent to put a smile on the face of everyone they meet. Linda Rich is one of those people, and we are happy to have her as a member of the YMCA. Linda has been a proud member of our YMCA for over 10 years. You... 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