YMCA of Southwestern Indiana

For Youth Development®
For Healthy Living
For Social Responsibility
  • Recent News Posts

    • January 28, 2015 - Help Us Win a Pot of Gold - The YMCA of Southwestern Indiana is proud to participate in the $25,000 Pot of Gold Challenge, presented by the Evansville Courier & Press. Now through February 28, 2015, the YMCA will have the opportunity to receive a portion of the $25,000... More →
    • January 15, 2015 - Help Us Spread the Word - The YMCA Sports Department is in need of bibles for its youth Huddle Ministry. If you have an extra bible you would like to donate to this ministry please drop it off at the front desk...care of Troy Sowders in our Sports... More →
    • November 25, 2014 - Fun for All - Put a little play in your day with a YMCA sport program. We are now registering for the following youth and adult sports programs: Youth Fundamental Basketball League (3-11 yr old), Cheerleading (3-11 yr old), Youth Competitive Basketball League... More →
    • November 21, 2014 - Take Aim at Something New - Archery has come to the Downtown YMCA! FREE demo classes on Dec 3rd & 10th at 5:30PM, or join us for Open Shoot Saturdays in December. Click here for more details... More →
    • November 18, 2014 - FROZEN Family Fun Night - Join us for a night of movie magic at the Downtown YMCA on December 6th. We'll be showing Disney's Frozen and having a lot of family fun! See more event details... More →


Healthy Family Home

At the Y, we understand that health begins at home and we support families in their efforts to build the five pillars that support a healthy family home: EAT HEALTHY, PLAY EVERY DAY, GET TOGETHER, GO OUTSIDE and SLEEP WELL. Click here to meet some healthy families

Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities (HKHC)

HKHC was launched at the Caldwell Outreach Center in January 2010, with a grant from the Welborn Baptist Foundation. The program utilizes research-based curricula that focus on physical exercise, community projects to promote health and wellness, daily food and exercise logs, and Body Mass Index(BMI) tracking. All youth who visit the Center participate in physical activities daily, and healthy snacks are given. The overall program includes:

  • Family cooking classes – families learn how to make healthy, low-cost meals
  • “Adult Fit” – fitness classes for adults
  • “Fit Kids” – fitness classes for youth

Other activities include:

    • Daily ‘Homework Help’ and Bringing Up Grades (BUG) awards
    • Volunteerism within the community, at the Caldwell Center, and during YMCA special events
    • Tri-State Food Bank’s weekend backpack program
    • Service-learning Projects
    • Family Nights
    • Annual Health Fair
    • Annual Interdenominational Minister’s Alliance (IMA) event
    • Weekly bible study
    • Financial education workshops

Pioneering Healthier Communities

In the Community

Within the walls of the YMCA, families are strengthened. Energy is renewed. Friends are welcomed. But we don’t stop there. The YMCA of Southwestern Indiana is deeply committed to serving all members of our community… whether they ever set foot in a YMCA or not.

Through innovative initiatives the YMCA’s Pioneering Healthier Communities team is working on a community food access study, healthy vending guidelines, and community awareness regarding access to healthy foods.

Our Pioneering Healthier Communities team is composed of representatives from: The Welborn Baptist Foundation move·ment, Deaconess Health System, St. Mary’s Foundation, WNIN Channel 9, Evansville Department of Parks and Recreation, Children’s Museum of Evansville, Evansville City Council, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville Courier & Press, YMCA of Southwestern Indiana.

Together, we can have a greater impact than we could on our own. Together, we can make Evansville a healthier place to live and grow.

Activate America: Pioneering Healthy Communities

Pioneering Healthier Communities (PHC) is a part of Activate America, the YMCA’s response to the nation’s growing health crisis. Through Activate America, YMCAs are redefining themselves and engaging communities across the country to provide better opportunities for Americans of all ages who are struggling to achieve and maintain well-being of spirit, mind and body. PHC was developed with expert advice and assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.