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April 10, 2012

Modern Woodmen employees to support Quad-City kids and families affected by cancer

To employees at Modern Woodmen of America’s home office in Rock Island, giving back is an integral part of the organizational culture – from volunteering in local schools to hands-on projects to personal donations.

In 2012, the fraternal financial services organization and its employees are launching a variety of projects to support Gilda’s Club, an organization providing emotional support to those affected by cancer – adults, families and kids in the Quad Cities.

Specifically, Modern Woodmen employees are volunteering with Noogieland, the Gilda’s Club program for children who have been affected by a diagnosis of cancer –themselves or family members. This play space gives kids the opportunity to meet other kids who share a similar experience and find the support they need.

Projects through June will share Modern Woodmen’s fraternal spirit and is a way to give back while also honoring those affected by cancer – employees’ friends, family members, coworkers and community members.

Employees are leading a variety of projects, including hands-on volunteer and donation opportunities.
 
Hands-on:

  • On Wednesday evenings, Modern Woodmen employees will donate snacks and lead activities for Noogieland’s kid-friendly events.
  • In April and May, employees will build a pergola, repair a wheelchair ramp and landscape at Gilda’s Club.
  • In April and May, employees will revamp, reorganize and refresh the Noogieland and teen space rooms at Gilda’s Club, making them more appealing and functional for the kids and teens who use them.
  • On Join Hands Day – May 5 – many projects will take place simultaneously at Gilda’s Club. Volunteers of all ages will pitch in to give back.

Donations:

  • Donations from employees will be used to purchase gas cards for families at Gilda’s Clubs. Various projects will raise money for this program – including memorial hearts, denim days, pop tab collections and a bake sale. Donations will be matched by Modern Woodmen, up to $5,000.
  • In April, employees will hold a donation drive to collect much-needed items for Gilda’s Club. These will include tissue, toilet paper, art supplies and more.
  • Modern Woodmen also sponsored the construction work needed to sound proof the Noogieland room. This project was a top “wish-list” item for Gilda’s Club, so programs can take place concurrently without disruption.

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.

Securities offered through MWA Financial Services Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Modern Woodmen of America. Member: FINRA, SIPC.



For additional information, contact Kim Woodward, Corporate Communications, (309) 793-5660


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