OTTAWA — Putnam County YMCA is requesting $36,000 in funds for this year from the Village of Ottawa, a $45,000 decrease from last year.
The YMCA requested $81,000 last year. The Y has made some changes, said Aaron Baumgartner, Putnam County YMCA CEO.
“We have some good relationships going and some sponsors that we have never had,” Baumgartner said. He said 2020 will be an exciting year for the Y and is the 15-year celebration at the existing location.
He said the Y is in a secure financial position, the best its been in the past 15 years.
More than $50,000 goes to scholarships and $465,000 remains on debt where a substantial principal payment is expected to be made with cash on hand budgeted by the end of this year to pay for it.
The Y replaced an aging boiler last year as well as a water heater.
Membership revenue is $440,000.
In 2020, the Y projects $194,000 in contributions.
“Our future is bright, and we are moving ahead. 2020 will sharpen that vision. We will strengthen programming and community education. It will be a good year,” Baumgartner said.
He said one of the Y’s largest fundraisers is the Black Swamp Golf Classic on May 18 and 19 at Findlay Country Club.
The Y has an after school program offering homework help and 139 participants on its swim team. There were 284 youth swim lessons given and 33 people trained as lifeguards.
“I appreciate the reduced funding request and you going out to raise other kinds of revenue and the programming you offer,” said Jeff Ducey, councilman.
Baumgartner said the Y had its largest summer camp in 2019 with 106 kids and the last largest was 94 kids. In 2020, there will be programming that focuses on science and technology for youth.
“Our relationships within our community and outside our community are important to our mission,” Baumgartner said.
He said without Mercy-Health support the Y would not have its new 24/7 facility. Currently, there are 300 people or 10 percent of members who are using the 24/7 facility.
The Y held a community open house March 1 where 100 guests attended to use the indoor swimming pool and gymnasium for free.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.