Our Mission

The YMCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Changing Lives

The YMCA mission is at the heart of all of our programs: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirits, minds and bodies for all. We can only live up to our mission, and truly serve all who need us, with the help of committed and generous donors like you who give to the YMCA Strong Community Campaign.
Your help ensures that no one, of any age, race, gender or ability, will ever be turned away from a YMCA program because they can't afford it. **SEE WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT (video)**
30 Years of Giving and Serving
Since 1984, the YMCA of the Ozarks' Strong Community Campaign has raised over $4 million and provided more than 77,000 scholarships to children, adults and families at Trout Lodge and Camp Lakewood.
CLICK HERE for those groups your donations proudly serve!
Your donation to the YMCA Strong Community Campaign brings hope to kids and families throughout our community and makes a difference in their lives...  When asked to say something about the YMCA, Camp Lakewood, and Trout Lodge, I knew it would be hard to keep the story short. My son and I first went to Trout Lodge . . . (click here to read entire heartfelt story)
Special Giving Opportunities
Inner Circle $550-$999
• Series of 10 hand-carved ducks
• Bronze turtle & crystal duck
• Recognition at campaign kickoff dinner
• Recognition on Trout Lodge plaque
Greater Needs Society $1,000 or more
• All benefits of Inner Circle above
• Donors listed on our website - click here


Your gift works in amazing ways in the lives of many people. Here is an example of what your donation will bring to the lives of those in need!
To give a gift or for more information, please contact Renée Godinez, Director of Developement at 573-438-2154 ext. 220.


Strong Community Video