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YMCA at CityWay Job Fair

Press Release, 9/29/2015

The YMCA at CityWay will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., October 9 at the YMCA Association Office, which is located in the English Foundation Building, 615 N. Alabama Street. During the fair the Y will be accepting applications for jobs in their Aquatics, Wellness, Child Watch, Membership and Maintenance areas. Most of the positions for the job fair are part-time or seasonal.

 “This is a good opportunity for students, parents or anyone interested in making a career change, said Jan Clark, Sr. Vice President, Leadership Development & Human Resources, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. Read more…

YMCA Youth & Government Students Provide Halloween Tips

 Indy Government Channel, 9/15/2015

Youth and Government students from the Avondale Meadows and Hendricks Regional Health YMCAs partnered with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) to produce a Public Service Announcement (PSA) about Halloween safety. The PSA will air on the Government Channel now until Halloween (check local listings for the exact station).

Baxter Y Employee Wins Medals at International Tai Chi Martial Arts Championship

The Southside Times, 8/24/2015

Congratulations to David Anderson, Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor, Baxter YMCA, who received two gold and one bronze medal for his Tai Chi routine at the International Tai Chi Martial Arts Championship, which took place in Vegas in mid-August. The Tai Chi for Arthritis class is beneficial because it uses a full range of motion without over stressing the joints.

WISH TV Reporter Trains for Ironman at the Y

WISH TV Ch. 8 News, 9/13/2015

WISH TV Reporter, Drew Blair, wrote about her experience training for the half Ironman with other participants from the Jordan YMCA’s MultiFit program in a recent blog post.

Pike YMCA Director Shares Favorite Eateries

Indy Star, 9/26/2015

Monic Hill, Executive Director, Pike YMCA shared her favorite restaurants in Pike Township.

VA Medical Center joins Pike Schools in Partnership for New YMCA

Press Release, 8/25/2015

WIBC Radio, 8/25/2015

IBJ, 8/26/2015

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis announced today a new partnership with the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center resulting in one-of-a-kind Veteran-focused programming at the new Pike YMCA. These pioneering services will be provided alongside more traditional full-service YMCA offerings to provide a center that serves the broader community, as well as all Veterans in the community.

Using innovative methods and partnerships to increase the opportunity for Veterans to enjoy healthcare in their neighborhood is a mission publicly endorsed by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald during his July visit to the Indianapolis VA Medical Center. Secretary McDonald praised this pioneer venture between the Pike Y and the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center.

Pike YMCA and the VA will form a partnership to connect traditional clinical VA healthcare to the full menu of YMCA programs.

Fundraising is underway for a new $10 million YMCA to be built on 12 acres in the 5400 block of Lafayette Road. The Metropolitan School District of Pike Township donated the land, so the YMCA could move into a larger facility and serve more members. Demand has overwhelmed the current YMCA in Pike Township, where space is limited and traditional Y services, such as a pool and gymnasium, are unavailable.

Eric Ellsworth, President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, said, “To our knowledge, there are no other YMCA-VA Medical Center partnerships in the U.S., so this is groundbreaking. We expect this to be a national model.”

The new center and its programs are being developed to provide services that enhance the lives of Veterans and address their specific needs. Their dedicated service has left many Veterans with injuries, conditions and illnesses that make it difficult for them to maintain their health and well-being. For example, Veterans across the nation face the challenges of obesity, many suffer from clinical depression, and some must deal with lost limbs, lost eyesight and other debilitating injuries.

Dr. Ginny L. Creasman, Acting Medical Center Director of the Roudebush VA Medical Center shares Mr. Ellsworth’s enthusiasm for the joint venture.

Dr. Creasman said, “This concept and partnership is both unique and appropriate. VA’s mission to extend the reach of health care services beyond traditional medical center settings, coupled with the broad range of new and exciting services available only at the YMCA is a tremendous boost for veteran health care in Indiana. We extend our sincere appreciation to the community and the foresight of YMCA to join forces with VA for Veterans and the community.”

The new Y will serve all residents of Pike. VA clinical staff will work side by side with Y staff to provide service to Veterans. Some of the services expected at the new Y follow. 

  • Gym with full access and special therapy for people with disabilities
  • Pool with full access and special therapy for people with disabilities
  • Rooms for individual and family counseling sessions
  • Computer lab for access to job opportunities
  • VA services such as outpatient physical therapy, aquatic therapy and recreational therapy
  • Complementary and alternative therapies, such as Tai Chi, yoga and creative art classes, which can be useful for fitness, as well as for addressing pain and helping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Warrior to Soulmate workshops, which help Veterans and their significant others renew and reconnect relationships affected by military service

Read more…

Helping Others Meet their Fitness Goals

Indy Star, 8/8/2015

Maria Romaine, Group Exercise Instructor for the Downtown Ys, spoke to the Indy Star about her love of helping others meet their fitness goals.

Avondale Meadows Y Participates in Marion County Health Department’s Annual School Supply Drive

WRTV Ch. 6 News, 8/1/2015

The Avondale Meadows YMCA partnered with the Marion County Health Department for their annual school supply drive. Hundreds of people came out for the event.

Avondale Meadows Y Receives Joan Wolfe Legancy Grant

Indianapolis Recorder, 7/23/2015

The Avondale Meadows YMCA received $2,500 from The Indiana Members Foundation Joan Wolfe Legacy Grants. The center received the award on July 25th during a special program, which included an appearance by Indiana Pacers player, George Hill

YMCA & Franciscan St. Francis Partner for Stay Healthy as a Family Program

Johnson County Daily Journal, 7/13/2015

Earlier this summer, Franciscan St. Francis launched its Stay Healthy as a Family program. The program was free and included a variety of activities for families to participate in along with a two week membership to the Baxter YMCA.

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