YMCA Centers are needed to deliver programs and head off a health catastrophe in central Indiana.
The New England Journal of Medicine reports that today’s young people are expected to have shorter life spans than their parents – for the first time in U.S. history. Obesity among children has tripled in the last 30 years according to the CDC. Statistics show that one-third of all children born today will develop Type 2 diabetes during their lifetime. The 2016 American College of Sports Medicine’s Fitness Index Report ranked metro Indianapolis 50th out of 50 major U.S. cities in health. Poverty worsens these health problems, and 25% of Indianapolis residents live in poverty.
Like no other organization, the YMCA has the expertise, programs and resources to change the future of our city. Since its founding in 1854, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has strengthened the fabric of our community by focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Approximately one in every nine people in central Indiana directly experiences the benefits of Y membership. To make certain our services are accessible, we provide nearly $7 million annually in scholarships, subsidies and underwriting to serve vulnerable, low-income residents and neighborhoods.
More facilities are needed to ensure that everyone in Indianapolis has access to these Y programs. In response, the YMCA Capital Campaigns fund construction of new YMCA centers to address these needs. Our goal is to make world-class wellness resources available to all people.
The following projects are currently being funded to address our community needs.
The new OrthoIndy Foundation Y will be a prominent community beacon in the most diverse township in Indianapolis. The cultural diversity of Pike Township makes a highly-visible, central community space essential. Pike needs a place that welcomes all regardless of culture, ethnicity, religion or economic standing.
A key factor in the OrthoIndy Foundation’s decision to support the project is the new Y’s inclusion of veteran-focused space and programming. In addition to being a full-service facility open to the public, the new YMCA will include programs, facilities and services tailored to U.S. military service members, veterans and their families.
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