SYRACUSE – A Syracuse organization’s efforts are reportedly benefiting many Northern Utah residents,.
Modern Woodmen members donated more than $341,000 to residents and community organizations in 2013, a press release from the fraternal financial services organization said.
Members are organized into 44 local chapters, six summit chapters and 54 youth service clubs.
Volunteer service projects are conducted in various communities.
“I’m proud of the way Modern Woodmen gives back to this community,” said Tyson Hackbarth, regional director in Syracuse.
Last year, members gave more than 11,000 volunteer service hours in Northern Utah.
“The impact is widespread. Members continue to make a difference in our local schools and communities - which is even more important as other forms of public and private funding are disappearing,” he said.
Among ways members gave back are collecting and donating items to a food bank, raising money to support a neighbor or friend in need, beautifying a local park, and helping build homes for those less fortunate.
In addition, 940 free youth educational programs were donated to area schools and youth organizations. They reached more than 60,000 students, providing them information about safety, citizenship, creativity and confidence, the news release said.
Current programs donated include: energy awareness, exercise and nutrition, financial literacy, patriotic civics, safety and life schools and school speech contest.
Modern Woodmen is a tax-exempt fraternal benefit society. It sells life insurance, annuity and investment products. Last year, Modern Woodmen and its members provided more than $20 million and nearly 507,600 volunteer hours for community projects nationwide.
Nationally, the group operates 2,156 adult social and volunteer chapters, and 873 youth service clubs.
Some 2.2 million children are assisted by youth educational programs each year, and $41,000-plus is awarded in scholarships to members earning scholarships, information provided by the Syracuse chapter said.
The group serves more than 770,000 members and, according to its web site, is the nation’s third largest fraternal benefit society. It is 131 years old.