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Barry County United Way 2018 – 2019 allocations announced

Twenty- Seven programs directly impacting Barry County residents will be funded this year, thanks to the generous contributions made through the Barry County United Way campaign, according to a BCUW news release.


“This is the hardest committee we ask people to serve on,” Allocations Chair Cortney Collison said. “The agencies all provide a great service to our community, deciding what level to fund them at is very difficult. 

“We are very fortunate that the Florence Tyden Groos Endowment Fund held by the Barry Community Foundation supports the administrative costs of the Barry County United Way. This allows all dollars donated to the annual campaign to be distributed to programs and services that directly impact the residents of our community,” Collison said.


Allocations provide support to agencies in four focus areas: helping youth reach their full potential, supporting families to achieve well-being and success, helping seniors find support and maintain independence and addressing urgent and emerging needs.//


Helping youth reach their full potential: 

The Barry County 4H program, $63,000

The Backpack Program, $2,344.05

Barry County Substance Abuse, $17,500

Leadership Youthquest, $3,900

President Ford Boy Scout Council, $7,000

Thornapple Parks and Recreation, $11,000

Toys for Barry County Kids, $1,294.05

YMCA, $90,000

Barry County Imagination Library, $10,000


Supporting families to achieve wellbeing and success:

Court Appointed Special Advocates, $8,000

Day of Caring, $11,438.92

Eaton Clothing and Furniture, $1,900.002

Family Support Center Crib, $8,569

Family Support Center, $40, 000

Habitat for Humanity, $20,000

Safe Harbor, $8,679

The Car Seat Program, $1,318.92


Helping seniors find support and maintain independence:

The Commission on Aging, $15,000

 In Home Services, $6,500

Hastings Community Education and Recreation Center, $5,000


Addressing urgent and emerging needs:

211, $13,500

Food Bank of South Central Michigan, $14,000

Fresh Food Initiatives and kids after school packs, $6,277,

Green Gables Haven, $58,000

Manna’s Market. $4,250

Smoke detector & carbon monoxide detector program, $365.47

Mission United and Barry County veteran’s assistance, $12,260.47

Family Economic Support Office, $8,000


Thirteen out-county not for profit 501(c) 3 health and human service agencies were designated dollars by donors totaling $4,306.  Thirteen in-county agencies that did not request funds were designated dollars by donors totaling $5,587.


Programs that are operated within the Barry County United Way are funded through grants and other types of donations include: Car Seat Education, Dental Clinic Intake, Financial Mentoring, Family Economic Support Office, Continuum of Care – Homeless Prevention and Emergency Assistance including the MEAP Utility Assistance, VSP eyeglass voucher program, Veteran’s Affairs, Volunteers in Tax Assistance (VITA) and The Volunteer Center.


For more on the programs and agencies funded by BCUW, call Lani Forbes at 269-945-4010 or visit





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