La Porte County Family YMCA
STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY IS OUR CAUSE
The La Porte County Family YMCA is a leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We are a powerful association of men, woman and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of our community.
With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Our Y ensures that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. To do our important work, our Y relies on support from members, donors, volunteers and community leaders.
Our Y believes that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our community. Every day our impact is felt when a mentor inspires a child, when an individual makes a healthy choice and when the community comes together for the common good.
Our Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. Be a part of a cause committed to moving people and communities forward.
1909: Charter is signed.
1911: New building opened in downtown La Porte.
1920s: Our YMCA initiated many things including three youth bands, the LaPorte Little Theatre, and were one of the first Y's in the nation to develop the Women and Girls Department.
1930s: Y opened it's doors to all youth in La Porte County during the Great Depression.
1940s: The Swing Shoppe, later Meissner Room, for teens began.
1950s: YMCA Nursery School opened; YMCA Endowment Fund started; United Fund started and housed at the Y, and contributed 64 percent of Y’s budget.
1960s: One hundred eighty-seven community groups met at the Y; current swimming pool and Shick Gymnasium opened.
1979: LaPorte County Family YMCA Triathlon tradition begins.
1980s: Nautilus Center opened; elected first woman President of Y Board of Directors; closed dormitory rooms to open a second gym, renamed La Porte Family YMCA; began school age childcare.
1990s: With the city’s help, opened the YMCA Child Care and Learning Center on Monroe Street; entered the computer age; replaced the Nautilus equipment with Cybex, began a capital campaign and chartered the Horizon Endowment Club.
2000s: Opened our current addition with new locker rooms, cardio center and weight room; renovated and rededicated the Swanson Gym and Jones Family Pool; day camp boomed to 150 children a day; and renewed our determination to support families all over La Porte County.
2010s: Expanded our mission to incorporate the Long Beach branch in Michigan City to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Developed land within the heart of the city of La Porte into the Andrew Avenue Outdoor Education and Recreation Facility that features soccer fields, nature trails, an activity pad and a covered pavilion to cater to the needs of the community.