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United Way Day of Sharing

We love & appreciate all of the volunteers that have participated in the United Way of Southwestern Indiana Day of Caring over the years. Although we weren’t able to bring all the volunteers together this year, we wanted to re-share our Day of Caring from 2019 at our Caldwell Community Center. Thank you Old National Bank for helping us update our Caldwell Community Center last year and all you do for our community! #DayofSharing#LIVEUNITED

Help Us Raise Some Dough

The Y is participating in the AZZIP Pot of Dough Fundraising program for non-profits. When you eat at any AZZIP location now through November 30th, AZZIP will give 5% of your purchase to the Y when you use our promo code in-store and online
Help us raise some dough so we can help others.

2020 September Scripture of the Month

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
– PROVERBS 3:5-6

Tips for Getting Back into a Fitness Routine

Since the pandemic started, you may have fallen out of a fitness routine and may not have been as active as you’d like because…life happens.

If you’ve taken time off from working out for whatever reason,  you may feel overwhelmed about getting back into a routine. Here are 12 tips for getting back at it so you won’t dread your workout.

Get yourself some new gear. One of the best ways to motivate yourself is buying getting yourself new workout clothes that make you feel confident. Or if you already have clothes you love, treat yourself to a new pair of sneakers or other fitness equipment to give your confidence a boost.


Consider how much time you’ve been inactive and any limitations. Be honest with yourself about what you can do. Gently ease back into exercise but don’t over do it by trying to start right where you left off. Be patient with yourself and give yourself grace.


Start small. Plenty of people adopt an “all or nothing” attitude towards fitness, but every little bit counts. Add 10 more minutes of physical activity to your day to help ease your body back into movement. Things like parking farther away in the parking lot or getting extra steps in a day can help ease your mind as well as body back into the routine of exercising.


Get enough rest. Schedule rest days from your fitness routine and listen to your body. Stick to a regular sleep schedule, avoid alcohol, caffeine and heavy meals too close to bedtime, keep you bedroom at a comfortable, cool temperature, and put away the electronics before bed.


Make things as easy as possible for yourself. If you’re working out in the morning, set your gym bag out the night before so you can get up and go. Or program your coffee maker to start without you or prep your morning smoothie the night before so you can get a jumpstart on your day.


Find what motivates you. Realize this may be different than before. Your motivation may have been a personal record but now it just might be stress relief. Consider changing your workout to meet your motivation now so it’s as enjoyable as possible. If you need help working toward those goals or finding ways to make the best use of your time, consider a YMCA Personal Trainer to customize your workouts, just for you.


Try something new. Even when you get back into a routine, your body can become accustomed to the same exercise. Switch it up and explore a new workout or style of exercise that you’ve always wanted to try to help motivate and jumpstart a new routine. Take that yoga class or indoor cycling class you’ve always been curious about. Be honest and reasonable about where your fitness level is though after such a period of inactivity.


Be sure to add a warm-up and cool-down to every workout. Even when you’re ready to jump back into it, your body might not be so warm up and cool down to help reintroduce your muscles to strenuous activity.


Focus on your form. Make sure it’s correct to avoid injury. If you’re trying something new, slow down to ensure you are doing it correctly in the beginning.


Listen to your body at all times. A little soreness or fatigue is normal, but don’t push to the point of being in pain. If soreness persists for more than three days, it may be a sign that you may have injured yourself.


Be sure to adequately fuel your body. Make sure your nutrition reflects what your body needs for your new fitness routine. Consider a post-workout snack with protein and healthy carbohydrates and make sure you are hydrating!


Do it for yourself. Health and happiness is not limited to a certain body type or pants size. Prioritize yourself and your health. It’s okay to take time for you!


Tips for Back to School Success

With school going back in session, we want to provide a few back-to-school tips to help your child be successful this school year. It’s been proven that children are more likely to succeed academically when parents take an active role in their education. And here are some simple tips to help you achieve that:

  1. Plan ahead. This year will be different. Know your school’s reopening plan. As you prepare to go back, allow your child to make decisions about things like their wardrobe (even their mask), their school lunches and snacks, etc. This will not only improve their decision making skills, but they are more likely to enjoy decisions they have made themselves.
  2. Maintain good communication with your child’s teacher. Get involved in activities that support the school, staff  and building healthy relationships for giving and receiving feedback.
  3. Make sure your child gets proper rest in order to improve their alertness and attentiveness throughout the school day. Start modifying their sleep schedule 10-14 days prior to the start of school. Modify by 15 minutes each day leading up to school. Remember children ages 6–12 years need 9–12 hours, and youth ages 13–18 years need 8–10 hours each day.
  4. Provide healthy meals and snacks. Good good nutrition is essential to helping your child thrive in every aspect of life. Help them make healthy decisions.
  5. Take time to read together for at least 20 minutes a day. This provides time for you and your child to connect while fostering important literacy skills.
  6. Lean on the Y. The Y is here to support all families. Whether it’s Before & After School Care at your child’s school, visiting our Youth Activity Centers or STEM lab, or discovering and exploring in Enrichment Programs, the Y family is here for your family.

At the Y, we’re committed to helping children and families thrive. It’s all about empowering our community for good. That’s why we strive every day to nurture our youth, strengthen families and help every person reach their fullest potential.

Recent Mask Mandate

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke recently issued Executive Order No. 2020-1 requiring the use of face masks within the City of Evansville. The Executive Order takes effect 7/15/20 – 7/22/20 (unless extended).

To keep our community safe and healthy and to comply with the Executive Order, we will require all members and program participants (6 years or older) to wear masks to enter our facilities or program sites. We kindly ask that you bring your own mask and wear it in all common areas and shared spaces until you start exercising or engaging in physical activity at which time you may remove it for the duration of exercise. Please mask back up when you are finished with your workout.

Let’s all do our part to keep each other safe and slow the spread of coronavirus in our community.


At the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, the safety and well-being of our members, staff, and program participants have always been and will always be a top priority.

When we reopened our facilities, we instituted numerous health and safety measures to best protect everyone who enters our doors including:

  • Daily temperature checks for members, program participants, and staff
  • Installation of safeguarding equipment such as sneezeguards, hand-sanitizing stations, and required PPE for staff
  • Extensive and ongoing cleaning protocols of equipment and program areas before and after use
  • Limiting area capacities, maintaining small groups and enforcing social distancing

We have recently learned that an individual at our Ascension St Vincent branch has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus) after contact exposure offsite. That individual is now quarantining and receiving treatment for his/her condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with him/her.

Upon learning this, we immediately contacted the Vanderburgh County Health Department, and we are following their guidance to conduct contact tracing and deep clean the exposed areas. We are temporarily closing those areas of the building and disinfecting them with electrostatic foggers. Anyone determined to be at risk has been PERSONALLY contacted with recommended actions. If you have not been personally contacted in this manner, you have not been determined to be at risk of exposure.

We are treating this matter with the utmost concern and continuing to do all that we can to keep our staff, members, and program participants as safe as possible.

July 2020 Scripture of the Month

That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

– John 17:21

Celebrating Juneteenth

The Juneteenth celebration has a deep historical context. It is the oldest nationally-celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, and recognizes June 19, 1865 when Union Major General Gordon Granger read federal orders stating that all enslaved people in Texas were free. The federal order (the Emancipation Proclamation) had been signed by President Lincoln almost two and half years earlier.

The observance of Juneteenth continues to evolve as a celebration of African American freedom and achievement. This year’s Juneteenth comes at an incredibly significant moment in the United States as we witness one of the largest social justice movements to promote racial equity since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

This Juneteenth we encourage you to use your voice to talk about diversity,  inclusion, and equity with your family, friends, and community. We at the Y are learning with you, alongside our families and communities, and look to organizations deeply entrenched in this work to support and shape our conversations.

As we embark on this journey, we invite you to join us in our continued pledge to dismantle racial inequity and unjust systems that disproportionately cause harm to people of color and Black Americans, at the advantage of a few.  Review and reflect on the below resources that can help guide these on-going conversations within your sphere of influence.


Learn more about Juneteenth with this interactive tour put together by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. 

Check out this in-person event Saturday in the Evansville area here.

Check our this LIVE virtual celebration with the Evansville African American Museum here.

Visit Teaching Tolerance’s article around acknowledging hard history while also empowering students to be advocates for change.

Explore these Action Guides created by EmbraceRace which help children become thoughtful, informed, and BRAVE about race.

Refer to and share this list of resources to help Black people and other people of color care for their mental health through the trauma of racism.