Celebrate the Holidays at the YMCA

Family Holiday Fun at the YMCA

YMCA HOLIDAY FUN ALL OVER INDIANAPOLIS Your Indianapolis YMCA's have all of your holiday family fun! Gingerbread, Santa, reindeer, Corn hole, and more! Join us at one or all of the events being hosted at a YMCA of your choosing. BAXTER YMCA: Gin... Read More

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 w... 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

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

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

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

Kids Learn to Lose and Other Life Skills with Youth Sports

Sports build character, teach teamwork, patience and other life lessons

In this day and age where electronics and technology rule, schools have less funding for physical education or daily recess, and some neighborhoods are no longer safe, youth sports are vital. Sports impact youth in more ways than you can imagine a... 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

Take it Outside with the Y this Summer

Outdoor workouts, sports, events and more!

Just because you go “to” the Y, doesn’t mean you have to stay inside! We’ve taken sports, workouts and events outside this summer. Will you join us? Workouts Events Looking for more events? Here's th... Read More

20 New Programs, Classes and Events to Try

20 new ways to improve your health and wellness

We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to fulfill the Y mission, and 2018 was no exception. Here are just a few new ways Central Indiana residents can now get stronger and healthier at the YMCA. New Programs [caption id="attachm... Read More

What Will Your Child Do Before And After School?

Hang with friends, enjoy snacks, fitness, art and more at the Y

You don’t have to worry about your children when you can’t be with them. It’s time to enroll in the 2019-20 Before & After School program. Kids get a snack, help with homework and do these fun—really fun—enrichment activities with the Y... 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

Is Your Child Overweight? We’ve Got a Program for That

A healthy lifestyle with help from others is fun!

We're all about healthy living, so we're very excited to introduce Healthy Weight and Your Child! This free, evidence-based program empowers children and families through education, healthy eating and physical activity. Families learn skills and beha... Read More

How to Survive Summer Camp Deprivation

5 tips for surviving during the camp off-season

We survived the polar vortex and snow storms, but we still have three months until camp starts. Summer camp deprivation is real, but have no fear! We’re sharing some helpful tips to survive the rest of the winter. TRY OUT YOUR TIE DYE Replace... Read More

Top Volunteers Honored for Strong Spirit of Service

We thank these volunteers for a lifetime of achievement, diversity & inclusion

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has been celebrating its volunteers for as long as the association has existed—164 years! They inspire us with  selfless service and dedication to community. Each year we recognize the best of over 2,000 volunteers... Read More

It’s Time to Register for Summer Camp

Now is the perfect time to make summer plans, dream of outdoor fun

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has a way to fend off the winter blues—browse and register for summer camp. Registration is now open for over 150 Summer Day Camps at more than 30 locations across Central Indiana. Enrollment is also open for overn... Read More

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Names Derrick J. Stewart as New CEO

41-year-old Stewart has been CEO of the YMCA of Southwestern IN for 10 years

Derrick J. Stewart has been named the new president and CEO for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis effective Feb. 4, 2019. Selected by the Y’s Board of Directors following a five-month national search, Stewart will succeed Eric Ellsworth who will st... Read More

Youth Programs Build Leaders, Transform Lives

YMCA has been more than a blessing to Neiko's family

A heartfelt letter from a thankful parent My family has been connected with the YMCA for nearly 10 years. My daughter Kennedi participated in several teen programs, like From Day One, Turning Points, Y-Achievers, and the Senior Summer Institute, s... Read More

8 Awards, Countless Acts of Heroism

YMCA staff superheroes go above and beyond

The theme for this year’s Staff Assembly was superheroes. And why not? The YMCA staff are happy to go above and beyond to serve others. Staff from across Central Indiana enjoyed fellowship and reveled in the ways we’ve achieved the Y mission of h... Read More

18th 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 Dec. 13 for the 18th annual YMCA Toy Drive event presented by Tom Wood Automotive Group. "Even the smallest gift can m... Read More