YMCA of Barry County

A Continued Legacy Through Endowment Giving

The YMCA of Barry County’s three areas of funding include program fees, grants, and our own endowment program. All three areas remain critical to the success of our organization. We provide safe and inclusive programs that develop self-confidence and foster a greater interest in learning. The need for families to access these programs has never been greater and will only increase as we all continue to provide more services in our rural community.

Endowment Focus Areas


To make programming accessible to more families, financial aid is crucial given the majority of family economic circumstances. Today, over 35% of campers receive financial assistance, and all programs are subsidized at some level. Hundreds of families registering children for youth programs rely on this assistance to ensure their children stay active. The need for assistance is not due to the cost of programming. A national Y survey verifies that our camp and program fees are already among the lowest in the nation. The need is driven by the financial challenges facing so many families in Barry County.


We are blessed with a superb facility in Camp Algonquin. We provide important opportunities for families and children to grow and learn in a natural outdoor environment. It is imperative that this facility be maintained and enhanced for future generations. A major waterfront renovation was completed in 2020, and we still have upcoming funding needs for our facility. While we have been good stewards of the property, additional buildings mean additional expenses. With sustained endowment funding, we will not jeopardize our ability to keep up with the demands of our maturing and highly utilized camp.


Our outreach services to Barry County residents and beyond are growing. Our B. Bus Mobile Library and Y on the Fly program has delivered books, educational activities, and fitness to all corners of the county. Throughout the covid-19 pandemic and beyond, we have continued to deliver meals to hundreds of children who count on us. Our administrative expenses have been very tightly monitored, and it would be tremendous to state that 100% of administrative expenses are covered by our endowment. 

Waterfront Renovation – Completed!

This project was an important step to improve the safety of the property and expand the programming opportunities for campers.

  • A new, larger boathouse has safer lake access and a covered pavilion matching the design of the main lodge.
  • A new retaining wall improves visibility, increases access to the waterfront, and creates an inviting experience for families and campers.
  • A new bathroom facility, located at the top of the waterfront steps, allows campers to be appropriately supervised during waterfront activities.
  • A new foot trail and boardwalk deck follows the eastern shoreline, and provides new access to areas of camp that have previously been underutilized.

Future development includes a nature playground, expanded signage, a new target sports range, and a new challenge course.


The YMCA has taken an important step to increase services in our community. Our vision for our new 22 acres and building includes expanding day camp and overnight camp, as well as childcare and outreach services. For more information, contact Jon Sporer, CEO, 269-945-4574

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Specific Funds & Goals

Dave Storms Community Outreach Fund

Dave Storms led our YMCA and Camp Algonquin from 1981 through 2006. He remains a strong supporter of the Y and our community. This fund, established in 2020, will support all community outreach efforts by the Y. 

Bob King Legacy Fund

Bob King led the YMCA and Camp Algonquin from 1946 through 1980. This fund provides financial assistance so that every child has the opportunity to participate in a Y program regardless of their ability to pay. 

Camp Endowment

This fund is designed to have annual money available to maintain and enhance the camp facilities. 

General Endowment

This fund is designed to subsidize all administrative expenses, which allows the Y to keep its program fees affordable for all.