Wishbone 5K a Thanksgiving Tradition

Wishbone 5K a Thanksgiving tradition, year after year for many

Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November and take part in traditions passed from generation to generation. The aroma of pumpkin pie baking, preparing Grandma's homemade dressing, turkey leftovers, the Thanksgiving parade an... Read More

Swim Programs Make a Difference to This 9-Year-Old

Ellie writes her Y story in her own words

She may only be 9, but Ellie has been a participant in Y swimming program for many years. She has written her own Y story about what she has gained through YMCA swim programs."My name is Ellie Hamilton. I am nine years old. I am on the swim team... 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

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

Y’s Own Santa Claus Gives Back Big for Christmas

Bill Demaree, Tom Wood give holiday toys, caring hearts to families in need

[caption id="attachment_11938" align="alignright" width="214"] Bill Demaree (third from left) poses with YMCA Holiday Toy Drive team[/caption]Four years ago during Christmas, William Demaree, director of fixed operations at Tom Wood Managem... Read More

Special Olympic Athlete Is Boston Marathon Bound

Running helped Andrew cope, control behavior as a child

Andrew Peterson wasn’t always a runner.The Special Olympics athlete was born with fetal alcohol syndrome, which affects those exposed to alcohol in utero. At just three weeks old, Andrew was found alone in a Madison County home, nearly paralyze... Read More

BodyAttack Helped Alyssa Lose Weight, Gain Confidence

Alyssa learned to love cardio and herself through BodyAttack classes

After her kids hit the toddler stage, Alyssa realized how out of shape she was. She was struggling to keep up with them and knew she needed to make a change. She has never been a gym person and cardio was last on the list until she found the Hendrick... 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

Gain More Than Muscles with Group Training

Kyra Kolitsch - I’ve gained so much more than muscle!

I started my group training about a year ago with the intention of gaining some muscle and getting better knowledge of my body, the gym and how to use it. If I lost a few pounds along the way, that was okay too. But as someone who was never really gr... Read More

Have a Smashing Good Time at these Halloween Events

Have a spooky, healthy Halloween with your family

Nowhere else will you find a floating pumpkin patch, “haunted” 5K, Yoga in Catacombs and s’mores! There's no better place to celebrate Halloween than at the Y. We've got hayrides and s'mores, costume contests and candy, and all that spooky stu... Read More

Nothing Holds Jaide Back

Youth basketball and great coaching create a great experience for the Johnsons

Like most families, Cheryl Johnson started her kids off at the YMCA in Summer Day Camp for something to do for the summer, but it quickly grew into more! The Next Step Learning how to swim was the next step for the Johnsons. Cheryl chose private sw... Read More

OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA to Open Dec. 3

Exciting events to celebrate the grand opening

After years of planning and months of construction, the OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA is on schedule to open on Dec. 3, 2018, at 5315 N. Lafayette Rd. in Indianapolis. Lots of Amenities The new two-story, 56,000 square-foot YMCA will have an indoor po... Read More

The Y Welcomes All!

Friendly openness makes YMCA a great place for immigrants, newcomers

As we roll out the red carpet for National Welcoming Week, Sept. 14 – 23, 2018, and host Community Day on Sept. 19, we’ve gathered a few stories from staff who love working at the Irsay Family YMCA, and who are also immigrants or temporarily he... Read More

YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Classes Begin Soon

YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Classes Begin Soon at 8 Locations

Months of coaching, classroom training help at-risk adults make lifesaving changes Prediabetes threatens over 1/3 of American adults and most don’t even know they’re at risk. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides proven, community-ba... Read More

Free ‘LIVESTRONG at the YMCA’ Programs Starting Soon

Adult cancer patients gain confidence, camaraderie and strength in 12-week program

Free LIVESTRONG at the YMCA programs to help cancer survivors, literally, get back on their feet programs, will begin soon at six locations across Central Indiana, including the Ransburg YMCA, thanks to an anonymous $10,000 donation to bring the prog... Read More

Free Family Fun in September

Doggie Dips, Scavenger Hunt, Nerf Night, Tea Party & more!

What to do? What to do? We’re all super busy, and yet sometimes it’s hard to find affordable family fun nearby. That’s where the YMCA comes in. With 12 locations, there’s always something for kids and families to do within a short drive. And ... Read More

12 Quirky New Events at the YMCA

Lightsabers, bunnies, dogs and kickball

You can always play ball, send the kids to camp and go for a swim at the YMCA, but have you seen this baker's dozen of quirky new events coming up? Some are oddly weird, but will no doubt be quite fun!Aug. 24 – 26 – Indy International Light... Read More

100 Part-Time Positions Open

Fitness instructors, lifeguards, guest services, housekeeping, youth and activity leaders, and more

More than 100 people are needed to help run the new two-story, 56,500-square-foot OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA when it opens on Dec. 3 on Lafayette Rd. in Indy’s Pike Township in December 2018. The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will host a two-day Job ... Read More

Carol: “It’s About More Than the Weight”

Swim, weight loss challenge and personal training have positively impacted Carol's life

Carol retired in 2016 from a sedentary and stressful job. She found herself with an additional 70 pounds, lacking strength, and in need of a change. She saw her mother struggle with balance and strength and knew that it wasn't only about the weight; ... Read More

Have College Students Fall Clean For You!

Gardening, weeding, painting and more- Intercollegiate YMCA

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 27Spots will... Read More