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YMCA World Fest on Monument Circle, Sept. 13
Free Community Day at 12 YMCAs, Sept. 19
The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will kick off Welcoming Week with a new event—YMCA World Fest on Sept. 13, on Monument Circle. One of more than 800 events to be hosted by YMCAs nationwide, YMCA World Fest will connect people of all backgrounds through international food, music and performances. Twelve area YMCAs will also be open for a free Community Day on Sept. 19 to anyone who wants to take a class, workout, and go for a swim, among other activities.
What is Welcoming Week?
Created by YMCA of the USA’s national partner Welcoming America, National Welcoming Week, Sept. 14 – 23, 2018, is a chance for neighbors—both immigrants and U.S.-born residents—to get to know one another and celebrate what unites us as a community.
FREE Welcoming Week Events in Greater Indianapolis
|Sept. 13||11 a.m. - 2 p.m.||YMCA World Fest||Monument Circle||International food vendors, music & performances|
|Sept. 18||11 a.m. - 1 p.m.||Around the World Food Day||Hendricks Regional Health Y||Local restaurants will offer a variety of tasty foods from different cultures|
|Sept. 18||6 - 8 p.m.||Welcoming Week Cookout||YMCA at the Athenaeum||Cookout with us!|
|Sept. 19||Regular business hours||FREE Community Day||12 area YMCAs||Take a class, workout, go for a swim, and more!|
|Sept. 22||10 a.m. - noon |
Volunteers needed from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
|Donation Distribution Day with the Immigrant Welcome Center||Jordan Y||A day of service, distributing donated items such as toiletries, household goods, and school supplies, to immigrants and refugees|
|Sept. 22||10 a.m. - 2 p.m.||Arts in the Meadows||Avondale Meadows Y||Arts and crafts from around the world|
Flags, buttons, maps, games, crafts and anthems
The Ys in Greater Indianapolis will celebrate Welcoming Week in other fun ways, too. When you walk into a Y this week, everyone will feel welcome. Huge signs and flags from around the world will greet guests. Staff will wear “We Welcome” buttons, and world maps will pin members’ birthplaces. Youngsters dropped off at Play and Learn will do a flag craft, preschoolers will play multicultural games, and kids in Before & After School programs will learn about different cultures. At the Jordan YMCA, group exercise classes will figuratively be held on continents around the world, and sports will begin with national anthems from another countries.
Will you join us in the movement? How will you celebrate?
More than 100 people are needed to fill available part-time positions at the new OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA when it opens in December 2018. The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will host a two-day job fair to fill those positions. The morning session is open from 9 a.m. – noon. An afternoon session will run from 4 – 7 p.m. Applicants should bring their resume and be prepared to apply and be interviewed onsite.
- Youth Sports Instructors
- Adaptive Sports Instructors
- Water Fitness Instructors
- Swim Instructors
- Group Exercise Instructors
- Personal Trainers
- Wellness Coaches
- Play & Learn Staff
- Play & Learn Team Lead
- Intergenerational Activity Leaders (Teens, Family & Seniors)
- Gym Monitors
- Membership Service Representative
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!
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, cardio classes
We’re ready! Pack your gym bags for the return of Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Workout Wednesdays presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Fitness-enthusiasts should grab their sneakers and meet on Georgia Street’s west block (between Capitol Avenue and Illinois Street) from noon – 12:45 p.m., May 2 – Sept. 26 for FREE cardio classes. All fitness levels are welcome. A YMCA fitness instructor will keep everyone motivated each week. Free water and towels are provided during each session.
May 2 – Cardio Dance w/ Rebecca
May 9 – Les Mills BodyAttack w/ Brooke
May 16 – HIIT w/ Allison
May 23 – Les Mills BodyAttack w/ Brooke
May 30 – HIIT w/ Allison
June 9 – Les Mills BodyAttack w/ Brooke
June 13 – Les Mills BodyAttack w/ Erika
June 20 – Les Mills BodyAttack w/ Brooke
June 27 – Les Mills BodyAttack w/ Brooke