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

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!

Join the staff, volunteers and sponsors for Breakfast with Santa at the YMCA at the Athenaeum on December 8!

In its 22nd year, the YMCA at the Athenaeum’s Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 8 will provide a memorable experience for guests from area homeless and domestic violence shelters, as well as underserved neighborhoods thanks to hard work from nearly 150... 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

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

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

Astonishing Numbers, Why We Need Before and After School Care

INDIANA'S YOUTH NEEDS QUALITY CARE

The need for quality before and after school care is more important today than it ever has been, for so many reasons. BY THE NUMBERS According to the Indiana Afterschool Network, 20 percent of children in Indiana, including kindergartners, are unsu... 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

72-Year-Old Susie Sets Goal, Learns to Swim

Susie first learned Spanish, crochet and knitting and then how to swim

Susie Alloway is a 72-year-old woman with a zest for learning! When Susie was growing up her mom did not drive. As a result much of her time was spent near her home. This meant by the time she was an adult, Susie never learned how to swim. They just ... Read More

Safety First: Tips and Tricks for Using a Treadmill

Not everyone is comfortable on a treadmill

  A lot of people use treadmills daily, but are you taking the extra precautions to be safe and get the most out of your workout? Here are five tips that will give an edge to your workout. 1. Start Off Right Are your shoes tied? Is your... Read More

YMCA Taught Julia Shirley How to Fight for What She Wants

Y’s Higher Ed, Youth & Government Programs Gave Her Confidence, New Skills

High school senior Julia Shirley says, “The Avondale Meadows YMCA has had a huge impact on my life.” The active young adult explains more about the Y’s impact and how it’s helped shape her future… From nervous to comfortable The programs ... Read More

An Open Letter to New and Returning Campers

Camp Director Brian Shelley Is Excited about Summer Day Camp, Are You?

Dear Campers, (Moms and Dads, you can read this, too.) I know it’s April, and your calendars are counting down. Many of you have just finished Spring Break, but I cannot contain myself any more. I am about to BURST! I have been holding on to s... Read More

The Freedom 5K Results are in!

Freedom 5K Results

We held our Inaugural Freedom 5K on Saturday, July 7th and it was a success! With great weather and a fantastic turn out, we could not have asked for anything more. Thank you to Delta & U.S. Army for making the event possible! Here are the ... Read More

New Franciscan ExpressCare Center Opens This Fall

Irsay Family YMCA gets a new nearby neighbor

A new Franciscan ExpressCare urgent care center will open this fall just a half block from the Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay offering a convenient walk-in clinic for minor healthcare needs. Our partners and neighbors at Franciscan Health are expandin... 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

The New OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA – AT A GLANCE

It takes 20,000 gallons of water to fill the pool!

The new OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA is opening Dec. 3, and we're so excited! We've pulled together a few fun facts and tidbits to jazz you up too! By the numbers [caption id="attachment_12313" align="alignright" width="300"] A shiny new gymnasium flo... Read More

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

Camp Facts You Need to Know

Camp facts that every parent needs to know!

Facts are proof.  Verifiable, evidence based proof.  I think they are great. I love facts. But truth be told, they are a little boring. In fact they are quite dry. And without proper context, you get the bare bones information you need. We miss ... 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

Worldwide Contestants Vie to Win Fantasy Weapon Combat Championship

First ever International Lightsaber Tournament in Indy

August 24-26, the Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay will host a unique new sporting event: The first ever Indy International Lightsaber Tournament. The Indy Lightsaber Academy will bring teams from the US, Canada, France, and the UK together to compete ... 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