Open Heart Surgery Led Linda to Volunteering

YMCA Volunteers Impact Lives -- Including Their Own

Heart Surgery to Health Linda Williams has been a regular, active member of our Active Older Adult group exercise classes since undergoing open heart surgery. But after years of enjoying her Y membership, she decided she wanted to do more and give b... 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 DYEReplace... Read More

When School Is More Than School

YMCA Preschool teaches more than colors and shapes

Shapes, colors and scissor skills are all things one would expect children to learn in a preschool program. At the Witham Family YMCA Early Learning Preschool Program, 4-year-old Heaton has learned that and so much more. “He was a shy 2-year-old w... 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

Mom Loses Weight With Personal Training

Personal training helps mom lose 150 lbs., gain confidence in raising son with autism

Confidence and freedom are two of the benefits Witham Family Y member Kala Newell has found since joining. Kala is a busy mom and a student who is making her health a priority. “I am a mom to a 5-year-old little human who has autism and keeps me o... Read More

Retired Nurse Drops 130 Lbs

Kathleen proves that dedication pays off

In September of 2017, Kathleen Dinsmore, a retired nurse, joined the Witham Family YMCA and made a commitment to her health and wellbeing. Over the course of 13 months of dedication and hard work, Kathleen lost a total of 130 lbs. Kathleen ... 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

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

YMCA Honors Veterans with Food, Fitness, Pageantry

8-foot “Salute!” Sculpture to be unveiled at OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA Nov. 10

A series of YMCA events to honor veterans will culminate with the unveiling of a remarkable 8-foot Salute! sculpture on Nov. 10 at the OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA, scheduled to open Dec. 3.Commissioned by the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and the In... 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

Don’t Let Summer Fly by Without Doing These Things

Pool parties, slip-n-slides, boat races!

Try something new and make lasting memories at these out-of-the-ordinary summer events and games. To start, the first day of the 2nd Summer Session of Y sports, classes and leagues and the last day to register on July 16. These are open to everyone w... Read More

Healthy Habits are Hard, the Y is Here to Help!

Easy Tips Each Month for a Healthier You

At the Y, we’re all about healthy living – healthy people and healthy communities. But habits can be hard to form, especially the healthy ones. Our new #HealthyHabits program will make healthy living easier.Each month, we‘ll help you build ... Read More

Welcome Kim Newnam, Executive Director

Kim Newnam joins Witham Family YMCA as executive director

The Center Advisory Board and staff of the Witham Family YMCA is proud to announce the hiring of their new executive director, Kim Newnam. She joins the Witham Family YMCA with nearly 30 years of experience working in various positions throughout sev... Read More

Preschool Capacity to Double at Witham Family YMCA

Scholarships available for low-income families

There will soon be more preschool options in Lebanon, Indiana! The Witham Family YMCA is undergoing a renovation to increase capacity for the Early Learning Center. The $94,000 project uses funding provided by the United Way of Central Indiana and th... Read More

Community Gardens are Growing at the Y

Gardening, volunteering and teaching opportunities are plentiful in Y community gardens

Summer is here which means the Y’s different gardening programs to starting to bloom. While local community gardens and other growing efforts are beginning city-wide, you won’t need to look further than the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis to find an... Read More

Tragedy To Triumph

Member Inspiration - Leigh Young

June 13, 2017 was a day that changed Leigh Young’s life. Leigh was involved in a serious car accident in which she broke both femurs, both knees, her right ankle, her left arm and dislocated her left wrist. To say she is lucky to be alive is an und... Read More

Healthy Living at the Y

30: The Number of Pounds Dick Lost in Four Months

Fighting fluctuations in his weight, Dick Hankins found that the YMCA provides a great place for him to stay active and connected not only to his girlfriend and workout partner, but to the community as well. According to Dick, the Silver Sneakers pr... Read More

Wellness Warrior

Nancy Saulmon

Nancy joined the Witham Family YMCA when it opened in 2010. She was looking for a place where she could participate in programs like water aerobics that helped improve her fitness levels. Sure enough, Nancy has been involved in the water aerobics sin... Read More

FREE Water Safety Classes for Kids-Just Before Summer

300 sessions available May 29 – July 5

Summer is almost here. Soon, pools will open and boating season will begin. To help keep kids safe, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is offering dozens of free “Safety Around Water” classes from May 29 – July 5 at five YMCAs. Partially funded b... Read More