Forrest "Dusty" Rhode
5895 Evergreen Ave
Portage, IN 46368
(219) 762-4613 (phone)
(219) 762-5638 (fax)
P.O. Box 254
Valparaiso, IN 46384
December 13th is the last day for our Basketball registrations!!
Volunteer tutors needed for our Club
Portage members wins regional photography award
Full December Calendar of Events.
Our hours are: Mon-Fri: 2:30-8:20 p.m. with 6-7 year olds to be picked up by 7 p.m. on school nights
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
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A capital campaign was successful in raising $1,133,902 from 212 businesses and individuals in the Portage / Porter County community. The John Will Anderson Foundation awarded us a grant in the amount of $575,000, and we broke ground for a new club at 5895 Evergreen Avenue on Thursday, May 23, 1996.
The Portage Unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County opened its doors on Dec. 26th, 1996.
- In 1999, we received a $200,000 donation for a 7,000 square foot gym addition.
A new gym was added and opened in December of 2001.
In January of 2002, each Club in Porter County received 10 computers for their computer labs. The state of the art computers were donated by Power Up, a national partnership of computer hardware and software companies attempting to help bridge the digital divide.
Facility size: 26,000 square feet; including Gamesrooms, Learning Center, Computer Lab, Link & Learn Room, Arts & Crafts, Kitchen/Lounge, 2 Gyms, and a Teen Room.
Club open: 30 hours per week, 231 days per year.
Club membership: 633 (As of December 31, 2012)
1069 total members served in 2012
Ages served: 6 - 18.
Age breakdown: 51% 6 - 9 year olds, 36% 10 - 12 year olds, 13% Teens.
Gender: 56% male, 44% female.
Average daily attendance: 177 during the 2012 year