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April 3, 2012

14 Join Hands Day projects selected as Join Hands Day grant recipients

Modern Woodmen of America has selected 14 volunteer projects nationwide as Join Hands Day grant recipients. These projects will bridge the generation gap and improve communities.

Join Hands Day is a national day of service sponsored by Modern Woodmen and other fraternal benefit societies.
Grant recipients received $250 to $500 towards project expenses. Projects recognized were:
• Chamois, Mo. – Volunteers will clean and improve the Plattner School, which is used by 4-H students and the community. Volunteers will fix the handicap ramp and rail, paint, clean and repair windows.
• Charleston, W.V. – Volunteers will come together to beautify the school’s courtyard, flag pole and schoolyard. Volunteers will plant, paint and clean up the grounds.
• Cheyenne, Wy. – Volunteers will come together to install a new bench and weed and clean the courtyard area. This area will honor a local soldier killed in Iraq.
• Granville, N.Y. – Volunteers will work together to resurface the baseball fields and repair the concession stands following Tropical Storm Irene. The project will also include landscaping around the fields with flowers and plants.
• LeSueur, Minn. – Volunteers will collect donations and purchase food items to assemble healthy food bags for children 16 and under. Volunteers will donate these bags to the local food shelf for distribution to families with young children. The purpose of the project is to make healthy food available to kids without the need for adult preparation.
• Marcellus, Mich. - Volunteers will clean baseball fields, spread moon dust and plant trees and flowers to beautify the area.
• Middleton, Tenn. – Volunteers will work to clean and clear an area of Middleton City Park for a walking trail and arboretum, which will be used by the community for years to come.
• New Market, Tenn. – Volunteers will make care packages to donate to children who have been taken out of their homes due to abuse or legal reasons.
• Pattonsburg, Mo. - Volunteers fr will build a handicapped ramp for a young girl who uses a walker.
• Prim, Ark. – Volunteers will clean two cemeteries in the community. Volunteers will rake leaves, clean around gravesites, mow and weed-eat, and place American flags on veterans’ graves. Additionally, the project will include building and installing birdhouses in the cemeteries, picking up trash along the roadside and planting wildflowers.
• Pueblo, Colo. – Volunteers will give the city skate park a much-needed makeover. Volunteers will paint rails, benches and the skate bowl.
• Reliance, S.D. – Volunteers will help record books that have been donated to the newly-established Town of Reliance Library. The project will also include the purchase and assembly of library shelves for the children’s space.
• Stonefort, Ill. – Volunteers will work together to restore the Carrier Mills Washington Street Park. Volunteers will build picnic tables and benches, replace the walking bridge and paint at the park.
• White Lake, S.D. – Volunteers will transform the outdated and tired school gymnasium with paint, rearranging and a lot of hard work. Volunteers will paint the walls, clean and rehang all signs, pennants and flags, and add a mascot to the wall.
 “These are examples of top volunteers who enrich and improve the community by giving back,” says Steve Van Speybroeck, Modern Woodmen’s fraternal director. “Modern Woodmen is proud to recognize some of the most dedicated volunteers in the country.”

Join Hands Day is a national volunteer initiative connecting thousands of youth and adult volunteers nationwide through service projects to improve their communities. Join Hands Day encourages people of different generations to volunteer together to build greater mutual understanding, respect and trust. In 2011, nearly 700 Modern Woodmen projects took place across the country, bringing together more than 20,000 volunteers.

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 2011 Modern Woodmen and its members provided more than $26 million and 1 million volunteer hours for community projects nationwide.

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For additional information, contact Kim Woodward, Corporate Communications, (309) 793-5660 Releases/14 Join Hands Day projects selected as Join Hands Day grant recipients.aspx