19th Annual YMCA Holiday Toy Drive presented by Tom Wood

Do you need help with Holiday Assistance?

Santa hopes to deliver toys to more than 1,000 families in need this holiday season. 12 area YMCAs are collecting new toys through for the 19th annual YMCA Toy Drive event presented by Tom Wood Automotive Group. "Even the smallest gift can mean the ... Read More

Get Spooky With The Ransburg Y

Ransburg Y Annual Member Spooktacular is Around The Corner

It’s that time of year – you have your pumpkin spice latte, the weather is getting cooler and Halloween is just around the corner.Halloween is a Ransburg Y Special – with so much to do at our FREE members’ Halloween Spooktacular, it’s a... Read More

Terry Farley Beats the Odds at the Baxter YMCA

Improving Health and Finding New Life with Exercise

Why Terry Farley Joined The Baxter YMCA Terry Farley has been a member at the Baxter YMCA for about one year now. Everybody has their own reason for wanting to be at the Y, but Terry had a laundry list of issues that brought him through our doors. ... Read More

Yoga in the Catacombs Returns Just in Time for Halloween!

The spookiest event of the year is back and better than ever!

Tour the Catacombs after yoga The chilly catacombs winding their way in Indianapolis' historic underground may not bring to mind the tranquil ease of your typical yoga class, but that didn't scare the more than 200 visitors who attended last year's ... Read More

‘Tis the Season to Get Moving

How to Stay Active During the Holidays at the YMCA

The holiday season is upon us! At the Y we are enjoying the change of seasons and festive celebrations. There is so much to be thankful for, and the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA is thankful to service the Westside community this past year. However,... Read More

Our Personal Trainers are Obsessed about Your Fitness!

They'll do whatever it takes, will you?

Whether you’re a new exerciser seeking a path to fitness, trying to get back in shape or a fit competitor looking to increase your edge, you'll get results with Personal Training at the YMCA—because we're absolutely obsessed about your fitness. ... Read More

Rebecca Turns Her Goals Into Her Passion

Rebecca Salman's weight loss journey becomes a way of life

Rebecca's goal of being healthy comes to life Rebecca Salman is a staff member at the Baxter YMCA. But her journey started in December of 2014 when she decided she wanted to get healthier. She felt like she needed to lose some weight and working out... Read More

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

Near Drowning Led Hinton Family to Swim Lessons

After slipping in the pool, Izzy learns to swim at the Y

Last summer we were at a family outing in a pool full of other adults and our kids, and Izzy was on the steps right next to me in the p... Read More

YMCA Early Learning Preschool Program

Find calendars, menus, field trip and other information

Welcome Parents! Here's what you need to know about the Benjamin Harrison YMCA Early Learning Preschool Program. Monthly CalendarsTadpoles Turtles SharksMonthly MenusBreakfast Lunch Afternoon SnackEvents & Progra... Read More

Children from Laurelwood Camp Overnight for First Time

City dwelling kids go creek stomping, rock wall climbing, do archery and more

This summer, the Intercollegiate YMCA partnered with Jameson Camp to take 30 kids from the Laurelwood community on their first overnight camping trip. The students went rock climbing and creek stomping, participated in archery and low ropes and s... Read More

Spend Fall Break at Camp with the Y!

We can't wait to spend Fall Break with you and your family

It’s happening! Evenings are starting to get crisp. Leaves are changing color and falling from trees. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are in every coffee shop. Fall is coming!At the Y, we love fall for an even better reason than PSLs. October means Fall B... Read More

YMCA Preschool Curriculum Helps Children Grow

Early Learning Preschool helps fill the need for quality care in Lawrence

Everyone wants a great start for their child, and Megan has found that with the Benjamin Harrison YMCA Early Learning Preschool Program. “My son has been attending the program ever since he turned 2 years old. First as a half-day student, then mov... Read More

Why Does Exercise Make Us Feel Good?

Exercising regularly may help you cope with stress

Why does exercise make us feel good? --David Graybill, Wilton, Conn.Jeannine Stamatakis, instructor at several colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area, responds:THERE IS NO DENYING the high you feel after a run in the park or a swim at ... 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

Camp Kids Captured Jasmine’s Heart

Toothy grins, mangoes helps AmeriCorp volunteer gain perspective

It all started with a toothy smile and from there Laurelwood found a forever spot in my heart. From swimming to hiking to eating juicy mangoes on the playground, this summer working with the children of Laurelwood and my fellow YMCA and AmeriCorp... Read More

Marion County Residents Inch Their Way Toward Better Health

Top 10 Coalition reports improvement, drives projects that support better health

Marion County residents have improved in two key health outcomes: 1) increased physical activity in adults, and 2) decreased tobacco use. The Top 10 Coalition celebrates these wins and highlights projects that have supported these outcomes in its 201... 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

Burgess Family Finds Common Ground on Taekwondo Mat

Martial arts instructor brings home the medals

When Paul Burgess and his son signed up for Taekwondo, they did not know what to expect or that Paul would go on to win competition after competition. Burgess’ son played basketball and soccer at the Y, but neither sport was what Paul was looking f... Read More