YMCA Branch Name

For Youth Development
For Healthy Living
For Social Development


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. 

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The Y is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the community. With a focus on developing the potential of kids, improving individual health and well-being, and giving back and supporting our neighbors, your participation will bring about meaningful change not just within yourself, but in your community too. 

When you join the Y, you join a community organization that offers more health, more hope, more opportunity!

Michigan City Elston YMCA Reveals Local Celebrity Dancers for Event

Michigan City, IN, Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | The La Porte County Family YMCA is excited to reveal their local celebrity dance participants for their Dancing Like A Star In the City By The Lake event. The event will be held at the Stardust Ballroom Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa, Friday, May 22nd at 6:00 p.m. Table sponsorships are still available, as are tickets. Tickets are $65 per person and includes dinner. Please contact Jessica Schutz at (219)325-9622 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information on table sponsorship and tickets to the event. 

The 2015 local female celebrities are Sheryl Edwards, Agnes Meer, Cindy Roth and Dawn Zigler. The local male celebrities are Reece Arthur, Marty Corley, Eliot Hay and Adam Parkhouse. Each dancer has been training at the Dimensions School of Social Dance each week with professional dancers. 

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Portion of new YMCA set up to open Monday

La Porte CountyApril 8, 2015 – MICHIGAN CITY — The Michigan City Elston branch of the La Porte County Family YMCA is well on its way to reaching a $750,000 goal set earlier this year for their capital fundraising campaign.

According to Craig Dwight, CEO of Horizon Bank and chairman of the capital campaign, more than $360,000 has already been raised toward that goal, with the rest hoped to be raised by the end of May.

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La Porte County Family YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® on April 25 Aims to Help Kids Stay Active and Keep Learning

La Porte CountyApril 8, 2015 – On Saturday, April 25, the La Porte County Family YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, features activities such as games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, bounce house, and so much more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home!

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The La Porte County Family Child Care and Learning Center Reaccreditation

La Porte County, April 1st, 2015 – It is with great pleasure we announce that our state licensed, Level 4 Paths To Quality rated Childcare and Learning Center has once again been reaccredited for another three years by the National Early Childhood Accreditation Program (NECPA). Many facets of our program are reviewed and observed during the reaccreditation process. They assess quality in the areas of adult and child interaction, staff framing, health and safety; physical environment, administration, and parent and community relationships. A strong emphasis is placed on current developments in health and safety, brain research and risk management. The NECPA Commission is dedicated to promoting high quality early childhood programs across the country and internationally. 

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The La Porte County Family YMCA Spring Break Camp Offers Kids a Chance to Learn and Explore at Camp. The Y encourages parents to sign up kids for Spring Break Camp

La Porte County, March 30, 2015 – This Spring Break, La Porte County Family YMCA’s Spring Break Camp program is offering kids an enriching, learning experience to help them get more out of spring break – more friendships, more accomplishments and more belonging. Through a mix of fun and educational activities aimed at improving well-being, kids will experience new adventures, learn and master new skills, share and trade interests with friends, exchanging plenty of high-fives along the way.

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Growing Together in the Michigan City Community

Michigan City, IN , Dec. 16, 2014 – The La Porte County Family YMCA has announced an historic agreement with the Michigan City Area Schools to open the Michigan City Branch of the La Porte County Family YMCA in the Elston Middle School building.

Cindy Berchem, Executive Director of the La Porte County Family YMCA, and Dr. Barbara Eason-Watkins, Superintendent of Michigan City Area Schools, and their respective Boards have been working toward this agreement for several months and both look forward to a collaboration that will significantly benefit the Michigan City community.

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Our Michigan City Progress:

It has been almost a decade since Michigan City had their own local YMCA - but that's all about to change. In this #GoodNewsDriverInterview we talk with La Porte County Family YMCA CEO Cindy Berchem about the process of getting Michigan City its own YMCA, how they got involved with Elston Middle School, and what the YMCA already does for the city. 

Thank you La Porte County Life for being a part of our journey.

La Porte Branch
901 Michigan Ave.
La Porte, IN 46350
Phone: (219)325-9622
Fax: (219)325-3600
Michigan City Elston Branch
1202 Spring St. Door K
Michigan City, IN 46360
Phone: (219)221-4055
Long Beach Branch
2501 Oriole Trail
Long Beach, IN 46360
Phone: (219) 879-1395
Fax: (219)879-1358
Childcare & Learning Center
2510 Monroe Street
La Porte , IN 46350
Phone: (219) 326-764
Fax: (219)324-7004
Andrew Ave. Outdoor Center
Education & Recreation Facility
1400 Andrew Avenue
Phone: (219)325-9600 (Main)