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Modern Woodmen helped contribute nearly $550,000

Fraternal contributions continue to impact local communities

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 9:58 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 10:00 a.m. CDT

Residents and community organizations in southern Iowa benefitted from $549,009 in assistance from Modern Woodmen of America and its local community partnerships in 2016, according to recently released results from the fraternal financial services organization. These dollars support social, educational, volunteer and fundraising activities in the region.

The contribution includes $445,711 raised locally by Modern Woodmen chapters and youth service clubs partnering with community groups. Modern Woodmen’s home office matched up to $2,500 annually for each chapter and $500 for each youth club.

“Giving back to the community is a highlight of my career,” said John Baumhover, Ankeny, Iowa, regional director. “We’re focused on helping members, their families and their hometowns.”

Modern Woodmen members in the area are part of:

• 34 chapters.

• 5 Summit chapters (for members age 55 and over).

• 6 youth service clubs.

Modern Woodmen members plan and participate in projects that support community needs. In 2016, area Modern Woodmen members spent a total of 5,794 hours volunteering in southern Iowa.

Modern Woodmen members across the country support many outreach projects, such as collecting and donating items to local food banks, raising money to support individuals in need, beautifying local parks and honoring fellow citizens who make an impact.

Additionally, Modern Woodmen’s financial representatives in southern Iowa donated 195 free youth educational programs to local schools and youth organizations, educating 7,887 children about financial literacy, civics and citizenship, exercise and nutrition, ecology awareness and public speaking.

Baumhover notes that these efforts uphold Modern Woodmen’s mission to improve quality of life.

“With Modern Woodmen, members get more than financial services; they also get fraternalism,” Baumhover said. “It’s rewarding to know we’ve made an impact.”

Modern Woodmen serves members for life. The tax-exempt fraternal benefit society offers life insurance, annuity and investment products to improve the quality of life of its members, their families and their communities. In turn, members make an impact through social, educational and volunteer activities. In 2016, Modern Woodmen provided $21.7 million in direct contributions and 562,388 member volunteer hours for fraternal activities and programs nationwide.

For more information about how Modern Woodmen touches lives and secures futures in southern Iowa, contact Baumhover at 515-289-4060 or John.Baumhover@mwarep.org.