Showing We Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Showing We Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Aug 05, 2020

On May 6, Western Fraternal Life announced a COVID response plan to help our member communities in need. We saw amazing responses from members who stepped up to provide support through our COVID Members in Action programs. Members submitted their projects that helped out their communities with COVID related assistance and are reimbursed up to $250 for the project. Since its launch in May, members have completed 11 COVID Members in Action projects. These projects range from covering the costs of making masks, to providing food to nursing home staff. We saw other lodges host fundraising events, socially distanced, for first responders and EMTs. This COVID Members in Action runs through the end of the year. All members are encouraged to apply!

Western also gave funds to local food banks and pantries through our lodges, who suggested names of food assistance programs. Sixty-two lodges helped us connect with the charities providing over $11,000 in food assistance. Other lodges decided to help food pantries on a national level, giving their donations to Feeding America.

Finally, our District directors were each designated $1,000 to help with COVID costs in their district. Members and lodges can reach out to their directors to suggest where donations could go. If members would like to make suggestions to their district directors, see page 2 for director contact information.

Total donations given to date: $18,386.45 (with more to be given soon).

Here are some highlights from the modified Members in Action program:

No. 34, Hutchins, MN
Lumir donated masks to area fire departments to give to local congregate living facilities for employees and residents. They also donated ear savers to Glencoe Regional Health, and masks and headbands to Woodstone Senior Living.

No. 38, Austin. MN
Members cut and sewed 50 cloth masks that were donated to the Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester, MN and also to a community drive to provide masks to residents and staff in long term care facilities. They also donated a gently used laptop computer to help meet the need for distance learning when all schools were closed to in-person learning, as well as individual monetary donations to the local food bank and St. Vincent de Paul for purchasing protective equipment in order to safely reopen their store to help fund their ongoing mission.

No. 48, Milwaukee, WI
Members bought and delivered boxes of chocolate and pizza to our neighborhood hospital workers, school staff, and grocery store staff to say thank-you for going to work each day for us.

No. 127, Owatonna, WI
Members gathered supplies and sewed nearly 600 cloth masks. Masks were donated to fire departments, police and sheriff departments, local nursing homes, and church members who wanted them.

No. 225, Bannister, MI
Members and YELL! members have been sewing items to help friends, workers, nurses, police, firemen, prison guards, etc. from their homes. Over 3,300 masks, 100 surgical caps, and 119 head bands were created and donated. One YELL! member, under 17, made 600 masks on her own.

No. 357, Racine, WI
Members donated masks and laundry detergent to the veteran’s home.

No. 360, Manitowoc, WI
Members ordered pizza, made scotcheroos, and had youth make thank-you hearts for the therapists at HFM Rehab Plus and delivered them over lunch. Later, muffins were bought and delivered to Harbortown for breakfast for the workers. Gift cards were purchased for the Manitowoc Fire Department to use to buy food.

No. 391, Luxemburg, WI
On June 12, members grilled and sold brats and hot dogs at the Festival Foods Brat Barn. They raised funds for equipment, medical supplies, and continuing education expenses for Luxemburg Fire and Emergency.

No. 400, Swisher, IA
Members picked up from a local restaurant in Swisher 25 packaged lunches, and delivered them to the nursing staff at Colonial Manor Nursing Home.

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