Campaign 2021

Annual Campaign

The Y is more than a gym. It’s a cause. As a 501(c)3 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, summer camp, youth activities including Ninja Kids and swim lessons, as well as family and wellness events through our Income Based Membership program and Child Care Subsidies. 

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 Diane Raver at 812-934-6006 or


“The people at the Y are so nice to me all the time,” says Balfred Ortiz, who connected with the Southeastern Indiana YMCA for help after tragedy struck his family and he had to find child care for his daughter, Sofia, 7. In August of last year, a house fire claimed the life of Ortiz’s ex-wife. “My daughter lost her mother,” reports the Batesville resident. “I didn’t know what to do.”
Sofia is now thriving at the Y. “She likes being busy, and playing with the other kids. She needs to grow up with kids the same age and have something to do,” her father reveals. “She enjoys reading and likes drawing pictures.”

During the school year, Sofia participates in Kids Club, the YMCA’s afterschool program, and during the summer is enjoying the Y’s Summer Camp activities. The 7-year-old says swimming is one of her favorite things to do at the YMCA. However, she also spends time “playing with my friends” and likes the activities she does in Summer Camp.

Thanks to donations to the Y’s annual campaign, the Ortiz family received financial assistance, so Sofia is learning and growing in a safe environment. Ortiz credits the Learning Center staff for making a difference in the family’s lives.

Where does the money go?

  • Continues our tradition of not turning anyone away because they cannot afford a membership or childcare. In 2020, the Y subsidized over $59,362 for memberships and $12,876 in childcare.
  • 2020 was a year like no other, so our staff was proud to pivot during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown and alter their normal duties to serve in the community.
    •  Prepared food for over 170 of our community’s children for a week
    •  Staff made masks for our front line workers.
    •  100 bags of trash were picked up around the community.
    •  Weekly delivered baked goods, cards of appreciation, and other signs of hope and inspiration to grocers, first responders, bankers, nursing homes, health departments, and many others.
    Reached out to help other organizations like Safe Passage, Franklin County Humane Society, and Batesville Food Pantry.
  • And so much more! YOU could make a huge difference in a child, individual, or families' life!