YMCA Branch Name

For Youth Development
For Healthy Living
For Social Development

Welcome to the Duneland Family YMCA

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. The Duneland Family YMCA is in your community to nurture the potential of every child and teen, to improve health and well-being, and to give back and provide support to our neighbors.

The Y is for everyone. Our programs, services and initiatives: enable kids to realize their potential, prepare teens for college, offer ways for families to have fun together, empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body, prepare people for empowerment, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster a service ethic. That's just the beginning. 

NEWS FROM THE Y

START A CAREER AT THE Y! Make a positive, meaningful difference in the lives of youth! The Duneland Family Y is looking for passionate, energetic leaders who are committed to fostering a sense of friendship, accomplishment and belonging in youth ages 6-14 years. Scheduled hours are 6 am - 9 am, 9 am - 4 pm, and 4 pm - 6 pm. We are looking for applicants who are 18 years of age or older.  Email your resume or application to Sally Gabric, Camp Coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Applications are available for download at www.dunelandymca.org.

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VOTE FOR THE Y - The Duneland Y has been nominated for the NWI Times Best of the Region in the best Health/Fitness Club category in Porter County. Please follow the link and vote for us! Contest ends March 31. http://nwitimes.secondstreetapp.com/l/NWI-Times-2015-Best-Of-The-Region/Ballot/BeautyWellness.


Youth Development

AFTER SCHOOL FUN WITH COPS, FIREMEN & KIDS - Join the Chesterton Fire & Police Departments for afternoons full of basketball, dodgeball, flag football and other various activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.. Starts on Tuesday, April 7 - FREE TO COMMUNITY KIDS, AGES 8 TO 14! For more information, contact Emily Hoge at the Y, 926-4204.

HEALTHY KIDS WEEK SCAVENGER HUNT BEGINS APRIL 19 -  starting with a weeklong scavenger hunt throughout the businesses around the Duneland community. Children with family members will stop at the front desk of the Duneland Family YMCA to pick up their scavenger hunt card; the YMCA will open at 12:00pm. They will have until Friday April 24th at 9:00pm to finish filling their card with the stickers they receive from the businesses. For more information, email Kyla Bowen, Youth & Family Coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

HEALTHY KIDS DAY - SATURDAY, APRIL 25 -  will be held at the Duneland Family YMCA on April 25, 2015 from 12 until 2pm. We will be giving out the prizes for our scavenger hunt from throughout the week! Laurie Evans from Porter Regional Hospital will be here to evaluate children’s height, weight, and BMI. A  representative from Purdue Extension will teach kids about the importance of nutrition and portion sizes! We will also have someone from Harvest Circle Workshop, LLC and LOAF to give out free organic samples and explain differences between organic and processed foods. There will be lots of fun games to play along with exercises that will be so much fun your kids won’t even realize how healthy they are being! Healthy treats and refreshments will be provided to snack on while your children are having fun! For more information, email Kyla Bowen, Youth & Family Coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

REGISTER YOUR CHILD NOW FOR THE BEST SUMMER EVER AT YMCA CAMP SHORWAU - When you count on the Y, you can count on the BEST SUMMER EVER for your kids. One week or the whole summer, indoors or out, on their own or in a group, arts and crafts, science projects, field trips and fun in the pool, at Camp Shorwau, your kids will have an amazing experience, all in a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment. Summer camp is June 8 - August 14 from 9am to 4pm Monday - Friday. Before and after camp care is also available. Register at the Y Preschool located within Chesterton Middle School at Entrance. For more information, contact Camp Coordinator Sally Gabric at 921-0183 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

HALF-DAY PRESCHOOL PROGRAM STARTS IN SEPTEMBER - Children will engage in age-appropriate activities that focus on the development of the whole child. Our classroom environment and curriculum will challenge your child to develop their cognitive, social/emotional and physical skills including large motor activities in our gym. Kids need to be potty trained and 3 years old by August 1. Curriculum and activities include Literacy, Mathematics, Science & Technology, Social Studies, Field Trips and Outdoor Exploration. We'll help them reach their next developmental milestones! Convenient drop-off provided with our car line system. At the Y, we believe everyone is welcome. Financial assistance is available. For more information, call the Y Preschool at (219) 921-0183 or email Shannon Spratley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Melissa Griffith at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Duneland Y Preschool is located at 651 Morgan Ave., Chesterton at Door #8.

HALF DAY PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM - Enroll now for Fall Session! The year before a child enters kindergarten is a critical time in his/her life. Our pre-kindergarten program is designed to provide children with the foundation necessary for positive future learning. This program is designed for children entering kindergarten in fall 2016 or children who miss the cutoff date for entrance into kindergarten, and are ready for a more academic class environment. Children will engage in Language Arts, Handwriting, Math Concepts, Science & Technology, Social Awareness (Social Studies/Geography), Music, Visual Arts, self expression through journals, and large/small muscle development in our gym. They'll also enjoy field trips and outdoor exploration. For more information, call the Y Preschool at (219) 921-0183 or email Shannon Spratley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Melissa Griffith at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Duneland Y Preschool is located at 651 Morgan Ave., Chesterton at Door #8.

MAKE AN IMPACT! Become a Volunteer Tutor! Research proves that caring volunteers working with students of all ages have the power to help kids boost academic achievement and put young people on track for a bright future. That’s why the Duneland Family YMCA before and after Child Care program is looking to recruit new volunteer tutors to donate their time to help students in our programs to improve their academic understanding and performance. Opportunities are available for people who can tutor students in a variety of subjects, but especially in Literacy and Math. Are you ready to become a volunteer? After signing up, you will be asked to go through a background check. Call (219) 921-0183 to sign up today.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER READER TODAY! Make an impact! Volunteer readers can provide a positive reading experience for children, as well as modeling reading aloud for future readers. Volunteer readers show children just how much fun reading can be, and provide helpful tips for getting children excited about books. If you love working with kids, you may be interested in helping with our program for children ages 0-5. There are opportunities to help Monday through Friday at our program site. Activities include reading, arts and crafts, play time and organizing our kid’s libraries. The Early Childhood Program is designed to provide an environment that is safe, caring, and respectful of each child and his or her family while supporting each child’s unique developmental growth. This program is dedicated to quality child care by providing young children with creative learning experiences rooted in early childhood theory and practice. Are you ready to become a volunteer? After signing up, you will be asked to go through a background check. Call (219) 921-0183 to sign up today. 

PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR SCHOOL - ENROLL YOUR PRESCHOOLER TODAY! The Early Childhood Program is designed to provide an environment that is safe, caring, and respectful of each child and his or her family while supporting each child’s unique developmental growth. This program is dedicated to quality child care by providing young children with creative learning experiences rooted in early childhood theory and practice. Our Preschool staff  focuses on making learning fun by integrating singing, dancing, and game playing into the curriculum while learning the calendar, shapes, letters, and numbers. Science experiments, food crafts, and stories all make the day fun and fly by. Focus is placed on introducing students to the skills they will be using in Duneland Schools and getting them ready for Kindergarten. Reading, writing, math, sight words, and learning to be independent are integrated daily. Preschool is offered in a variety of days: 5 days /$125 wk., 4 days/$115 wk., 3 days/$105 wk., and 2 days/$95wk. There is a program fee of $150 that is split into two $75 payments biannually. Call (219) 921-0183 to schedule a tour.

ENROLL YOUR INFANT TODAY! The Early Childhood Program is designed to provide an environment that is safe, caring, and respectful of each child and his or her family while supporting each child’s unique developmental growth. This program is dedicated to quality child care by providing young children with creative learning experiences rooted in early childhood theory and practice. Our childcare staff focus is the same as yours, with emphasis placed on learning how to crawl, walk, talk, play, share, and dance. Flash cards, songs, books, Sign Language, discovery, and hands on crafts are integrated throughout the learning process.  Infant care is 5 days a week at $170/wk. There is a program fee of $150 that is split into two $75 payments biannually. Call (219) 921-0183 to schedule a tour.

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Healthy Living

MARCH MADNESS FOR ALL NON-Y MEMBERS: MARCH 23 - 31! The Y has the resources and provides guidance to help maintain or improve health and wellness, so we can all lead our fullest lives possible at any age. To encourage and help promote healthy living, we're opening our doors to non-members! You're invited to participate in our classes, use weight room, cardio room, gyms, racquet ball courts and Fun Zone free of charge!  At the Y, we genuinely believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be healthy, connected and confident.  You'll find our staff welcoming and helpful. We believe we have something special - a sense of community, and that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Come get a taste of what the Duneland YMCA is all about. Join our cause, join our family.  Visit us online at www.dunelandymca.org, or for more information, contact Emily Hoge, 926-4204 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

OCR FIT - Obstacle course race training for all ages. Classes held inside and outside as weather permits. For more information, contact Penny Bigger at the Y.

ZUMBA BASICS, Fitness For Fun! - New class for beginners. If you've never taken Zumba, this class is for you! You'll perform each song twice as you get to learn the new routines. Class meets every Sunday at 2PM in the Fitness Room. For more information, contact Penny Bigger at the Y.

SILVER SNEAKERS CARDIO CIRCUIT CLASS - Class consists of standing low impact choreography alternating with standing upper body work with weights, tubes with handles and s.s. ball. Class meets Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. in the Fitness Room with Instructor Deborah and on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. in the Fitness Room with Instructor Nancy.

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Social Responsibility

COMMUNITY WELLNESS NURSE - On Friday, March 20, the Community Wellness Nurse will conduct bone density screenings from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. On Friday, April 3, the Community Wellness Nurse will conduct total  cholesterol (12 hour fast is required) and blood sugar screenings from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. All screenings take place in the Y Senior Center. 

SENIOR CENTER - CONGRATULATIONS TO SENIOR OF THE MONTH - WINNIE WUKICH! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 10:15am - 2:00pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. WEEKLY FITNESS CLASSES: Monday, Wednesday & Friday - Building Fit Friends @ 10:30 a.m. Please note: If Duneland Schools are closed due to bad weather, Building Fit Friends will be cancelled; Tuesday & Thursday - Silver Sneakers @ 10:30 a.m. and Cardio Circuit @ 11:30 a.m.; Fridays - Bingo @ 11:45 a.m. APRIL EVENTS: Mondays on the 6, 13 & 20 @ 11:45 a.m. - Movie & Popcorn. Bring a lunch. Wednesday, April 8 @ 11:45 a.m. - Mexican Train Game. Bring a lunch. Chesterton Cake Shoppe will treat us to cupcakes! Thursday, April 16 @ noon - Senior Potluck Luncheon - bring a dish to share. Topic: Proper Hydration by Laurie Wehner-Evans. Wednesday, April 22 @ 11:45 a.m. - Cooking Demo in the Senior Center presented by Rittenhouse Senior Living of Portage. Monday, April 27 @ 11:45 - Book Review. Lunch provided by Applebees.

Y MEMBERS ENJOY LOCAL BUSINESS DISCOUNT CARD IN 2015! Announcing the "Y Cares" card for member use in 2015. The Y has teamed up with local businesses to offer member discounts throughout the year. Discounts exclusively for Duneland YMCA members when they show their current YMCA scan card will be offered at Chesterton Feed & Garden Center, Dairy Queen Brazier, El Salto Mexican Restaurant, Gelsosomo's Pizzeria, Hair's the Thing, Hot Diggity Dawg, Lemon Tree Mediterranean Grill, Serenity Salon & Spa, The Brassie Golf Club, Third Coast Spice Cafe, Restore: Face, Skin and Body, Kernels & Kones, Waterbird Spa and Val's Famous Pizza & Grinders. For a list of discounts available, visit the Y Front Desk or click here to download.

DUNELAND DUPLICATES BRIDGE CLUB - meets at the Y every Tuesday evening from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. You don't have to be a member of the club to play. The cost is $6 to join for the evenings. Call Emily at 926-4204 with questions.

PARENT'S NIGHT OUT - Every Friday night 6:00-9:30 PM, Parents can utilize the Parent’s Night Out program and stop worrying about finding a sitter. Trained YMCA staff have organized and fun activities planned to keep each child’s attention. From arts and crafts to gym time it is never a dull moment on Friday evenings at the Y. Not to mention, it is affordable! The cost for members is $10 for the first child & $5 for each additional child. The non-member rate is $20 for the first child & $10 for each additional child. Please call the Y by noon on Thursday to ensure proper staffing levels, 926-4204.


The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Click to read more about our financial assistance.