Annual Campaign


The Y. So Much More

ROD Aquatics EditThe Y is more than a gym.  It’s a cause.  As a 501c3 charity, we are dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the community’s health and well being, and giving back and providing support to our neighbors.

The Y uses financial gifts to help individuals and families participate in programs such as early childhood education and summer camp, youth activities including Tae Kwon Do and swim lessons, as well as family and wellness events through our Income Based Membership program.

Your gift will help young people achieve their potential, empower people of all ages to lead healthier lives, and strengthen the bonds of our community.  If you would like more information on our Y Annual Campaign, please contact Melissa Tucker at 812-934-6006, ext. 230 or

DID YOU KNOW the Southeastern Indiana YMCA:

  • Through memberships and programs over 7,500 youth, adults and families from Ripley and Franklin County received the support, guidance and resources they need to become and stay healthy.  (The 2016 America’s Health Rankings Annual Report lists Indiana as 39th in the nation in overall health.)
  • Continues our tradition of not turning anyone away because they cannot afford a membership or childcare.  In 2016, the Y subsidized over $73,400 for memberships and $65,000 in childcare.
  • Provides FREE youth memberships to local 6th graders: Batesville, St. Louis, South Ripley, Milan, Jac-Cen-Del, Sunman, St. Nicholas and Brookville.  We want our youth to know that the Y is a safe, fun and healthy environment. (Research shows that 6th grade is a critical time in a young person’s life when exposure to risk factors greatly increases.)
  • Offers a FREE preschool program for families that financially qualify.  For the fourth year, the YMCA Learning Center was the only center in Southeastern Indiana to receive the EEMG Preschool Grant issued by the State of Indiana. (1 in 5 Indiana youth live in poverty. Poverty can impede their cognitive, social and emotional development and contribute to poor health.)
  • Subsidizes swim lessons for EVERYONE because the YMCA believes it is important for every person to be safe around the water.  The Y provided 1,060 people of all ages with water safety education in 2016.  (The CDC reports drownings as a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14 and three children die every day as a result of drowning.)
  • Offers FREE memberships through our Military and Lost Job Program.
  • Offers FREE memberships to families at Safe Passage including use of our Child Watch Room for child care and free swimming lessons.
  • Provides over 120 students from Special Needs Tae Kwon Do to opening our facility to New Horizons and the Ripley Ohio Dearborn Special Education to visit the Y monthly for a recreational outing. (Regardless of ability, we understand the importance of having access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.)
  • Offers FREE family fun nights to the community throughout the year.

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