Improving a community for all ages

WalkerHughes Insurance reached their goal of 500 votes + shares and won a $10,000 donation from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance for Harper J. Ransburg Branch YMCA on the east side of Indianapolis to further their mission to build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Congrats to the team and thank you for supporting them!

Harper J. Ransburg Branch YMCA has been an anchor of Indianapolis’s east side for over 60 years, serving a diverse community of many age groups and walks of life.

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Members of the WalkerHughes team fulfilling their sponsored family’s wish list and getting ready to wrap the gifts in 2016.

A 60-year partnership

Decades before the inception of WalkerHughes Insurance, Walker & Associates Insurance was founded by the late Doug Sr. and Joanna Walker. The Walker family joined the Ransburg YMCA in 1960, when the YMCA branch was just one year old, and have remained active members ever since. Their son, Doug Walker, grew up visiting the Ransburg YMCA and enjoying its youth programs. Today, he’s served on the organization’s Board of Directors for over 35 years – six of those years as Chairman of the Board.

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Estimated to be in the early nineties, Doug Walker (right) is pictured here receiving an award for his service to the YMCA over many years.

Initially introduced by the Walker family’s involvement, the agency’s team quickly established deep connections of their own to the Ransburg YMCA. With many members donating their time and personal funds, the branch is as special to the Indianapolis WalkerHughes office as it is to the surrounding community.

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Doug Walker (center) receiving the James L. Kittle Lifetime Achievement award in 2012. This is the highest honor given by the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis to a volunteer and he is only one of about 35 people who have received this in the 167 year history of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis.

“The Ransburg YMCA provides a safe place for children and teens to grow and learn, and it provides a sense of community for our adults to stay healthy and prosper as well,” said Brenda Russell, customer service agent with WalkerHughes Insurance. “We love the opportunity to carry on Doug Sr.’s legacy, as the Ransburg YMCA meant the world to him.”

“The Ransburg YMCA provides a safe place for children and teens to grow and learn, and it provides a sense of community for our adults to stay healthy and prosper as well.”

– Brenda Russell, customer service agent with WalkerHughes Insurance

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Members of the WalkerHughes team pictured in 2016 wrapping Ransburg YMCA Christmas gifts.

Giving back to a proud community

Ransburg YMCA provides crucial programming to a community where 30% of residents live below the poverty level.*

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Walker and a grandfather, participating in Breakfast with Santa, with his grandson.

There’s a full-day licensed Early Learning Center for preschoolers, after-school basketball programs for teens, exercise programs for seniors and more. There are also large annual giving campaigns and regular community events, with which the WalkerHughes Insurance team is actively involved.

Typically, WalkerHughes sponsors the annual Good Friday community breakfast, multiple teams at the annual golf fundraiser and a family’s gifts every Christmas through the YMCA’s giving tree. “The WalkerHughes Insurance team has been part of Ransburg YMCA for over 60 years,” said Nancy Short, executive director of Harper J. Ransburg Branch YMCA. “They’ve had a huge impact on our programs and our community at large.”

Although COVID presented challenges and many YMCA events looked different in 2020, WalkerHughes Insurance is more dedicated than ever to supporting their diverse community that swells with east side pride.

“The WalkerHughes Insurance team has been part of Ransburg YMCA for over 60 years.”

– Nancy Short, executive director of Harper J. Ransburg Branch YMCA

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Members of the WalkerHughes team dropping off the agency’s donation to the 20th Annual Greater Indianapolis Toy Drive in 2020.

Many ways to help

Each and every program at Ransburg YMCA needs support and could benefit from a $10k donation. However, Ransburg YMCA would use the funds to provide 44 weeks of early learning education to preschool-aged children. “It would mean so much to our team to be able to present the Ransburg YMCA with a $10,000 check,” said Russell. “Seeing the smiling faces of all the children the Ransburg YMCA positively impacts says it all.”

Vote below by sharing or commenting on this story. Your vote gets Harper J. Ransburg Branch YMCA one step closer to a $10,000 donation, which could provide 44 weeks of early learning education for preschool-aged children. Visit WalkerHughes Insurance and Harper J. Ransburg Branch YMCA  to learn more.

*2016 Indy Vitals and Polis Center at IUPUI

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Nancy Short
3 months ago

Thank you, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Safeco Insurance, and our dear friends at WalkerHughes Insurance for your support! This means the world to the Ransburg YMCA and will allow us to do so much for so many! We are grateful!

Katy Yeoman
3 months ago

I love the Ransburg YMCA and this story! Amazing partnership!

Dana Bois
3 months ago

Outstanding!

Susan Walker
3 months ago

Let’s do it.

Megan Klomp
3 months ago

This is awesome! Great story!

Mia
3 months ago

The Ransburg Y is so deserving! Great story!

Justine Taylor
3 months ago

Love the Y. My son grew up there!

Colleen
3 months ago

Love the Ransburg YMCA!!!

Kevin Mandrell
3 months ago

Good Luck Doug!

Julie McAtee
3 months ago

Love the Ransburg
Family!

Brandi Sheets
3 months ago

What an AMAZING agency taking care of their community! Keep up the great work WalkerHughes!

Adrienne Fazi
3 months ago

This is such an amazing group of people doing so much good in their community!

Melissa Borgman
3 months ago

What and awesome cause and an awesome agency!

Richard Smith
3 months ago

What a testament to a great partnership!!

Ellen Adams
3 months ago

Great work, team!

Megan
3 months ago

I just love this!

Samantha Schrock
3 months ago

What a wonderful story! Thank you for all that you do to help your community!

RJ
3 months ago

I love the Ransburg Y!

Linda Prince
3 months ago

Thank you for your support to so many that need you

Bill Roberts
3 months ago

Thank you for all of your hard work! Let’s get to 10k!

Jeffrey Jansing
3 months ago

Great article! Very deserving cause and a great Agency!

Sharon Galema
3 months ago

It is wonderful

Patricia Daugherty
3 months ago

Fabulous place to work out

Stephanie Marsh
3 months ago

Thank you Liberty Mutual and Safeco! We are so thankful for the opportunity to earn the Ransburg YMCA $10,000 to continue their amazing work in our community!

Juli Ellis
3 months ago

Great story and great partnership! I love the Ransburg YMCA!

Adam Young
3 months ago

Amazing story!!!

Judy Boak
3 months ago

The Ransburg Y is a wonderful place fir the community!

Brian
3 months ago

I love the Ransburg Y! That’s my Y!

Brian
3 months ago

Woohoo!

Elizabeth Brehob
3 months ago

This is amazing!

Shelly King
3 months ago

Great story! Let’s get them the $10k.

Clarissa Farris
3 months ago

This is wonderful!

Anna Buttgen
3 months ago

I love the Ransburg Y!

beth
3 months ago

Ransburg is a great y- Congraulations to all involved

Shelly King
3 months ago

Thank you Liberty and Safeco Insurance.

Becky Ricks
3 months ago

What a great partnership for the community

Nicole Warn
3 months ago

This is awesome! Great story!!!

Mark Lantz
3 months ago

This is great!

Drew Kelley
3 months ago

I love this!

Christopher
3 months ago

Love the Ransburg Y!!

Sandra Peacock
3 months ago

Inspiring article. Thank you for the support to Ransburg!

Tory David
3 months ago

What a great story!

Kelly Ewell
3 months ago

This is Awesome!

Jake
3 months ago

This is great!

Lexi Manges
3 months ago

This is amazing! Thank you all!

Emily Walden
3 months ago

Great story!!

Gregg Hiland
3 months ago

Thank you Liberty Mutual and Safeco! Go team Ransburg!

Linda
3 months ago

Amazing story! Love the Ransburg Y

Christy
3 months ago

I love the Ransburg YMCA. They do great things for the community. Thank you for your support.

Liz Boskovich
3 months ago

This is incredible- what an awesome partnership!

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