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Witham Family Y Offers Childcare Assistance to Lebanon Community
After the Lebanon Area Boys and Girls Club announced they would have to cut their childcare programs due to a budget shortfall, the Witham Family YMCA and the Youth Development YMCA have offered to help families who may be in need of childcare services for the upcoming school year.
Fight Violence by Helping Neighbors
YMCA board member, Joy Mason, submitted an opinion article to the Indy Star about the escalating violence in our city. Mason urged residents to volunteer and support local organizations like the Avondale Meadows YMCA that provide programs and help mentor young people.
Groundbreaking for CityWay YMCA
The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will break ground on its new 87,000 square foot CityWay YMCA at 9:30 a.m. on July 16. The new CityWay YMCA will be located downtown at 430 S. Alabama Street on the southeast corner of Delaware and South Streets. The $22 million facility will be the second of three new centers to be built as a result of the Y’s Strengthening the Heart of the City Capital Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to enable the Y to build full-service centers in Indianapolis neighborhoods that have not had access to the Y’s life and community changing resources that the Y has to offer.
Joining two of the most eclectic downtown Y’s in the country, the Indy Bike Hub YMCA and the historic YMCA at the Athenaeum, the new CityWay YMCA will be a three-story facility offering the following amenities:
Two indoor swimming pools
Three full-sized gyms
Green roof space for outdoor classes
Elevated indoor running track
State-of-the-art Wellness Center with cardiovascular and strength equipment
Instructional kitchen/culinary studio to help teach individuals and families how to prepare nutritious meals
Headquarter office for Top 10 Coalition
Fishers YMCA Host Workout Wednesdays
Julie Voris, Exercise Instructor at the Fishers YMCA, was interviewed by the Indy Star to help promote the center’s new Workout Wednesdays, which will take place all summer at the Nickel Plate Amphitheater.
Gov. Pence at Hendricks Regional Health YMCA
The staff at the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA played host to Gov. Mike Pence on June 9 as he updated the public about the Healthy Indiana Plan.
Groundbreaking for CityWay YMCA Set for July 16
Press Release, 6/12/2014
The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will break ground on the YMCA at CityWay on July 16.
It is the second of three new centers in the YMCA’s effort to provide full-service YMCAs to Indianapolis neighborhoods that have not had access to the life- and community-changing resources the Y offers.
Trustees of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis have voted to start construction with $17 million of the $22 million project cost has been raised. The Y will continue fundraising for the remaining $5 million.
Located on the southeast corner of Delaware and South streets, south of the Alexander Hotel, the YMCA at CityWay will be a three-story, 87,000-square-foot building with retail space on the ground level and an adjoining two-story medical office building. It will include two indoor swimming indoor pools, three full-size gyms, and a green roof with space for outdoor classes.
Benjamin Harrison Hosts Free Teen Night
BENJAMIN HARRISON YMCA INVITES YOUTH TO FREE TEEN NIGHT
Press Release, 6/11/2014
WHAT: Local police will come to the YMCA to participate in an open discussion about safety, give a K-9 drug dog demonstration and also to interact with teens.
WHEN: June 14, 2014, 8-10 pm (7-8 pm for open chat and demonstrations, 8-10 pm for teen interaction and basketball)
WHERE: Benjamin Harrison YMCA, 5736 Lee Rd., Indpls.
For this week’s Teen Night at the Benjamin Harrison YMCA, police will come from Cumberland, City of Lawrence, and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Departments to have an open chat session as well as give a K-9 drug dog demonstrations with local teens. After the discussion, teens will be able to participate in their regular Teen Night activities, such as ping pong, video games, swimming, basketball and other fun activities.
The staff at the Benjamin Harrison YMCA hopes to use this event to start a healing process and to build trusting relationships between the youth and law enforcement. Those involved are excited about the potential positive impact that the event could have on the community.
This event is free and open to all teens. Please bring a picture I.D. to participate in Teen Night. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information about Teen Night at the Benjamin Harrison YMCA, call 317-547-9622.
YMCA Celebrates 160th Anniversary
Press Release, 6/4/2014
The Y Kicks-off its Anniversary with “Throwback Thursday Contest” on Facebook & Twitter
From summer camp or basketball after school to learning a new sport and meeting lifelong friends, the YMCA has been a place for local Hoosiers in every stage of life. During the entire month of June the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will celebrate its 160th anniversary. Founded in 1854, the first YMCA began downtown and as the city continued to grow, additional locations were built to serve our diverse and active community.
The Y had several famous board members who helped lead the organization in the early years, such as a promising young attorney named Benjamin Harrison, who eventually became the 23rd President of the United States along with Eli Lilly, founder of Eli Lilly and Company. The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis was also the home of the Senate Avenue YMCA, which was known as one of the most significant African American YMCAs in the country. The Senate Avenue Y became famous for its “Monster Meetings,” which allowed African Americans to hear from prominent leaders such as Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis serves more than 215,000 people through 13 centers, more than 200 churches, schools and other community groups and organizations. The Y is in the process of expanding its service by raising funds to build two more facilities in Pike Township and downtown at the CityWay development through its Strengthening the Heart of the City capital campaign. Funds raised for the campaign also helped build the new Avondale Meadows YMCA last year. The new facility is part of a larger community revitalization project and is the first success resulting from the Strengthening the Heart of the City campaign.
The Y is celebrating the past by giving their members (past and present) an opportunity to participate in a variety of commemorative activities, which are listed below:
Share your Y Story in 160 Words or Less- share your favorite memory about the Y now until June 30 at this email address: email@example.com. Each Y story submission will be entered into a drawing to win a $160 Simon Giftcard® from Simon Malls.
YMCA Track & Field Meet
WHAT: Young athletes representing various YMCA centers will compete for individual and team medals in a track and field meet.
WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2014, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Park Tudor High School, 7200 N. College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46240
Athletes aged 6-15 from the Jordan, Hendricks Regional Health, Ransburg, Benjamin Harrison, and Pike YMCAs will compete in the track and field event. Both individual and team events will be hosted at Park Tudor High School. Medals will be awarded. The public is invited to attend and cheer for their favorite YMCA team. For further information contact your local YMCA.
Fishers Y Announces Workout Wednesdays
The Fishers YMCA kicked off its Workout Wednesdays on June 3. All are welcome to come out to this free event every Wed. from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. until the end of summer at the Nickel Plate Amphitheater.
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