The Mission of the Y: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Our core values unite us as a movement with a common cause. They are the shared beliefs and essential principles that guide our behavior, interactions with each other and decision making.
- CARING – Show a sincere concern for others
- HONESTY – Be truthful in what you say and do
- RESPECT – Follow the golden rule
- RESPONSIBILITY – Be accountable for your promises and actions
The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community.
Three Areas of Focus
- FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Nurturing the potential of every child and teen.
- FOR HEALTHY LIVING: Improving the nation’s health and well-being.
- FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Giving back and providing support to our neighbors.
History of The YMCA of Southern Indiana
The YMCA of Southern Indiana was established in 1969 as a branch of the YMCA of Greater Louisville. The Y operated for six years using local churches and schools for program activities. It was called the Clark County YMCA. The current Jeffersonville location on Hamburg Pike was opened in 1975. The Y changed its name to the Graves Center YMCA. It was named after Clifford and Wilma Graves, who donated the property. In 1986 the Y separated from the YMCA of Greater Louisville and formed an independent Y incorporated as the YMCA of Southern Indiana. In 1989 Camp Honor Bright, a former Girl Scout Camp, was donated to the Y. It is a 17.5 acre day camp site that serves 130 children per week during the summer months. The Y facility in Jeffersonville was expanded in 1996 to include a Kids Adventure Room, Wellness Center and Aerobics Classroom. In 2005 the facility in Jeffersonville completed a $4.8 million expansion that includes three indoor pools, teen/senior center, child care, large wellness center and more program space. In 2008 the Floyd County branch opened after raising more than $7 million.
As you walk through the doors of the YMCA of Southern Indiana you can feel the positive energy everywhere you turn. It is on the faces of children in our Kids Adventure Room, an adult working out in the Wellness Center, a senior citizen taking part in our Active Older Adult program or a volunteer basketball coach helping a child develop skills and self confidence.
With a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, double gymnasium, steam room and sauna, and three indoor pools, the YMCA literally has something for everyone. We can help you attain your goal for self improvement by offering a variety of programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body.
The programs offered by the YMCA of Southern Indiana range from pre-school, youth and teens to adults, families and senior citizens. We have designed these programs to fulfill the needs of our community. Our membership dues, program fees and fundraising dollars are put back into our facilities, equipment, programs and services to benefit you. This is one way that we are able to keep our members connected with our community.
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors consists of volunteers who, just like you, have an interest in making our Southern Indiana community a better place to live and work.
|Robert Kleehamer, Chair
Ruth Schmidt, Vice Chair
Martin Padgett, Secretary/Treasurer
J. Todd Frossard
Dr. Bruce Hibbard
Robert C. Libs
Dr. Rita Hudson Shourds