Modern Woodmen and members contributed more than $230,000 to Northeast Wisconsin in 2018

Service projects, fundraisers and fraternal benefits make a local impact

Published Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Organizations and residents in Northeast Wisconsin benefited from $238,126.87 in fraternal contributions from Modern Woodmen of America, its members and local community partnerships in 2018, 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 $179,452.88 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.

“Giving back is in Modern Woodmen’s DNA,” says Richard D. Parks, Appleton, Wisconsin, Modern Woodmen regional director. “As members of a fraternal organization, we help each other – and our community.”

Modern Woodmen members in the area are part of 14 chapters. These members plan and participate in projects that support community needs. In 2018, local Modern Woodmen members spent a total of 5,415 hours volunteering in Northeast Wisconsin.

Additionally, Modern Woodmen’s financial representatives in Northeast Wisconsin donated free youth educational programs to local schools and youth organizations, educating 268 children about topics like financial literacy, nutrition, ecology and public speaking.

Parks is proud of Modern Woodmen’s focus on supporting members, their communities and the causes they care about.

“Whether we’re volunteering, donating, learning or helping, it feels great to make an impact as a team,” says Parks. “We accomplish so much when we work together.”

About Modern Woodmen:

Modern Woodmen was founded in 1883 as a fraternal benefit society. The organization supports members, families and communities with a unique blend of financial services, fraternal benefits and local-impact opportunities. In 2018, Modern Woodmen and its members provided $19.9 million and 470,000 volunteer hours to support fraternal activities and programs. Learn more at

For more information, contact:

Richard D. Parks, Regional Director, 920-574-2205,

Michelle Opsahl, Corporate Communications, 309-793-5660,