High Impact: Raising Funds with Help from Western

High Impact: Raising Funds with Help from Western

Jun 11, 2018

The following charitable causes were able to use Western's Community Matching Funds program in early 2018.

Jaternice Dinner Helps Buy Chairs

The community enjoys jaternice and struedel.

Folding chairs likely bought in the 1940's were getting worn out and unsafe to use at the Malin Community Hall in Malin, OR. Members of No. 222 (Malin, OR) decided to start replacing the chairs through fundraising.

"The volunteers look forward to these annual opportunities to gather as a group and visit."

To raise money, No. 222 members and other volunteers organized the 58th annual jaternice dinner for the community on February 18. In preparation, dozens of volunteers gathered to make the jaternice sausage in January. It's an opportunity for experienced sausage-makers to work alongside others who want to learn. Then, they gather again in February to make the apple struedel from hand-peeled apples and handmade dough. The volunteers look forward to these annual opportunities to gather as a group and visit.

Money is earned from a fee applied to enjoy the meal. Members of No. 222 helped during that event. Afterward, the lodge had raised money that was then matched through Western's Community Matching Funds program.

Community Meal Sends Kids To Camp

Members present a check to Royal Family Kids Camp.

On April 7, members of No. 85 (Protivin, IA) helped hold a meal and auction to raise money for Royal Family Kids Camp of northeast Iowa. The event took place in Calmar and was open to the public. Members volunteered their time to decorate the space, hold live and silent auctions, serve the meal, and donate things for the silent auction basket.

The lodge has been making annual donations to Royal Family Kids Camp, and in addition to volunteering with the meal, they chipped in a significant donation and used Western's Community Matching Funds program to match the total raised.

Royal Family Kids hosts a week-long camping experience for foster children. Every year they invite 32 children at $1,000 each, which covers basic costs like renting the campground. The camp provides a variety of activities, like sports, hiking, swimming, fishing, and horseback riding for the children to enjoy. More information about it is at

Walk for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

No. 7 and others wore team shirts for the walk.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation held a fundraiser and awareness walk on May 5 in Cedar Rapids, IA. Over 200 people came together on that day and the funds raised are then used to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

Members of No. 7 (Cedar Rapids, IA) helped with the event by volunteering to register, set-up, tear down, organize volunteers, and manage the event. The lodge also made a monetary donation. Afterward, the total funds raised were matched through Community Matching Funds provided by Western Fraternal Life.

"We like to try different kinds of fundraisers, have fun, and make an impact for charities that need it."

“No. 7 has given to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Cedar Valley Humane Society in the past years through the Matching Funds Program,” commented Correspondent Kelsey Logan. “We like to try different kinds of fundraisers, have fun, and make an impact for charities that need it.”

Lodges can help fund local emergency services, environmental programs, humane centers, food banks, youth activities, and more with help from the Community Matching Funds program. Fundraising events can have their funds matched by funds from the Home Office. Visit www.wflains.org/member-benefits/ for complete information and application.


Cindy Motsinger

Communications Coordinator

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