published: Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Central Florida receives nearly $115,000 from Modern Woodmen
Special to the News-Sun
Residents and community organizations in central Florida received $114,025.43 in fraternal assistance from Modern Woodmen of America members in 2012, according to recently released results from the fraternal financial services organization. This supports social and volunteer activities in the region.
"I'm proud that Modern Woodmen touches this community in such a big way," said John C. Friend, regional director in Lakeland. "Modern Woodmen makes a difference for families, schools and communities - which is even more important as other forms of public and private funding are disappearing."
Modern Woodmen members in the area are organized into 38 local chapters and six youth service clubs. Through the organization's various volunteer programs, chapter and youth club members conduct service projects to meet the needs of their own communities.
In 2012 alone, area Modern Woodmen members contributed 3,194 volunteer service hours in central Florida.
Examples of ways Modern Woodmen members help the community include collecting and donating items to a local food bank, beautifying a local park, or raising money to support a neighbor in need.
Modern Woodmen representatives also donated 1,609 free youth educational programs to area schools and youth organizations. These programs reached local children and provided them with information about safety, citizenship, creativity and confidence.
Youth educational programs are free community educational resources.
The current programs donated by Modern Woodmen are: ecology awareness, exercise and nutrition, financial literacy, patriotic civics, safety and life skills, and school speech contest.
"Modern Woodmen provides more than quality financial products - we also give back to the community every day - through donations, volunteers, education and family events," Friend said.
As a tax-exempt fraternal benefit society, Modern Woodmen sells life insurance, annuity and investment products not to benefit stockholders but to improve the quality of life of its stakeholders - members, their families and their communities.
This is accomplished through social, charitable and volunteer activities.
In 2012 Modern Woodmen and its members provided nearly $29 million and 1 million volunteer hours for community projects nationwide.
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