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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Anderson Family Plays Hard Thanks to Play and Learn

A safe place to learn, grow and have fun

About two years ago, Landon and Christina and their growing family joined the Y when they moved to Lebanon to start a new church. Landon is the pastor of Restoration Church Lebanon, which meets at the Witham Family YMCA. He's a busy dad and serves as... 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

Local Artist a Role Model for YMCA Teens

Derrick Carter puts his art aside to be a steady role model for teens

Derrick Carter is known to Indianapolis as mixed media artist and recipient of the Beckmann Fellowship for Emerging Artists from the Indianapolis Arts Council in 2016, but to Benjamin Harrison YMCA teens, they know him as Derrick, Teen Night staff. ... Read More

Baxter YMCA Holds Many Memories for Wells Family

When adult children are in town, they go back to the YMCA

Beverly Wells and her children made lifelong memories going to the Y nearly everyday. They did basketball, football, soccer, swimming, diving, Day Camp, the Y Indian tribe and so much more. She chose the Y for her family among other reasons, because ... Read More

Mom Loses Weight, Becomes Instructor at the Y

The Y is a part of Jenn's healthy lifestyle

After overcoming postpartum depression and changing her eating habits, Jenn joined the Witham Family YMCA to focus on exercise as a part of her lifestyle change. She fell in love with Les Mills BodyPump™ classes at the Y and with the encouragement ... Read More

Underdawg 5K at Butler University Added to YMCA Inspire Indy 5K Series

Families and their pooches will have a doggone good time!

Intercollegiate YMCA students from Butler University, IUPUI and UIndy will host families and their pooches for a doggone good time at the inaugural Underdawg 5K run and walk at 8 a.m. Sept. 21, 2019, at Butler University.The race will help fund f... Read More

Linda Manages Diabetes, Inspires Others at Benjamin Harrison YMCA

Active senior inspires with smiles and action

There are people in the world who were sent to put a smile on the face of everyone they meet. Linda Rich is one of those people, and we are happy to have her as a member of the YMCA.Linda has been a proud member of our YMCA for over 10 years. You... Read More