As a mission-based nonprofit, the Y exists to serve all in our community. Every age, every ability, every person—all belong and all are welcome, starting with you.

The Duneland Family YMCA is a nonprofit organization, serving almost 5,000 people annually via programs, outreach, and events throughout the Duneland Communities..

Through our YMCA facility, our Early Learning Center, summer camps, and Out of School Learning program sites, the Y’s work is felt throughout the community daily. Our mission: To put Christian values into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We feel strongly about the for all part of our mission as we believe that all community members should have access to all that we offer, regardless of income. Therefore, financial assistance is available for almost every YMCA program. This work is possible thanks to the donors and volunteers who give their time and financial support to the YMCA so generously.

The YMCA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit social services organization dedicated to Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. We are a local YMCA  Association serving Chesterton and surrounding communities, federated by YMCA of the USA.  Read more about YUSA.

Above all, we’re about community. 

Our programs build a healthy, spirit, mind, and body for all. 


To help, we offer a variety of membership options, including free and reduced-rate membership options and scholarships so that every neighbor can have the same opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. As a member, you’ll enjoy the widest array of wellness programs, services, classes, and locations with enhanced precautions to keep you safe. The best part is that as you grow healthier, your membership support also helps the Y provide life-changing support to our neighbors in need. So make today your day to grow stronger and help strengthen all in our community by joining the Y family!

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