Organizations and residents in Southeastern Missouri benefited from $946,078.20 in fraternal contributions from Modern Woodmen of America, its members and local community partnerships in 2019, according to recently released year-end results from the fraternal financial services organization. These dollars support social, educational, volunteer and fundraising activities in the region.
The contribution includes $611,900.55 raised by local Modern Woodmen chapters and youth service clubs partnering with community groups. For qualifying events, Modern Woodmen’s home office matched up to $2,500 annually for each chapter and $500 for each youth club.
Recently, Modern Woodmen’s fraternal efforts have helped members and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition to highlighting several member benefits that can offer much-needed support for those with financial, medical and other concerns related to COVID-19, Modern Woodmen has introduced a COVID-19 Relief Program for community organizations. The program provides member chapters and youth service clubs with funds to make a direct monetary donation to a local nonprofit or public organization. In total, up to $2.5 million is expected to be donated through this program.
“Supporting our community is at the heart of fraternalism,” says Randy Rainwater, Farmington, Missouri, Modern Woodmen regional director. “Our organization is full of givers, through and through.”
Modern Woodmen members in the area are part of 47 chapters, 15 Summit chapters (for members age 55 and over) and 20 youth service clubs. These membership groups plan and participate in projects that support community needs. In 2019, local Modern Woodmen members spent a total of 10,623 hours volunteering in Southeastern Missouri.