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Local Modern Woodmen members honor hometown heroes

November 2, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Cape Coral Bootstrap Ministry, a local volunteer group, was recently recognized for its countless hours of service to the community during a Modern Woodmen of America member event Oct. 15.

Cape Coral Bootstrap Homeless Ministry is a 501c-3 non-profit charitable organization that provides meals and other services to homeless individuals, income deficient families and elderly, and others in need, in Cape Coral and North Fort Myers. It has been serving the local community for 10 years.

Judy Healey, treasurer and board member, Pastor Joe Irvin and Bootstrap volunteers were honored through Modern Woodmen's Hometown Hero Program for providing meals and life needs for homeless people in the Cape Coral and North Fort Myers .

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Representatives of the Cape Coral Bootstrap Ministries receives the grant from local Modern Woodmen officials.

As part of the Hometown Hero Program, members of the Cape Coral Modern Woodmen Chapter 7175 presented Cape Coral Bootstrap Ministries with a certificate and a $100 award grant to be donated to the charitable organization of the honoree's choice. Healey selected Cape Coral Bootstrap Ministries to receive the donation.

"Volunteers form the foundation of a strong community," said Penny Moore, local Modern Woodmen volunteer leader. "Modern Woodmen's Hometown Hero Program gives us the chance to thank those who selflessly give their time to make the world a better place."

Every Monday from 4-6:30 p.m., Cape Coral Bootstrap Homeless Ministry offers a meal on the campus of Messiah Lutheran Church, 2691 Pine Island Road, to guests. Included are first aid from a nurse, food and beverage to go, twice a month donated used clothing, haircuts once a month, assistance getting to medical appointments and referrals to other Lee County based agencies. Additionally, we provide supplies such as candles, toiletries, tents, tarps, AA & AAA batteries for lanterns, bike lights and flashlights. We also continue to provide help for those transitioning from the street into permanent housing by collecting and delivering donated furniture and household goods.

The ministry's mission is to provide for those in the greatest need with both the daily essentials for survival and when possible, to provide help and support for guests who require to change their lives.

Coordinated by local Modern Woodmen members, the fraternal financial services organization's Summit chapters, chapters and youth service clubs provide opportunities for members to take part in social and educational activities and volunteer projects to meet local needs.

For more information or to get involved, contact Healey or Pastor Irvin at or


Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen supports members, families and communities throughout the United States. As a fraternal benefit society, the organization is defined by its unique blend of financial services, member benefits and community impact opportunities. In 2017, Modern Woodmen and its members provided $20.6 million and 534,000 volunteer hours to support fraternal activities and programs. To learn more, visit



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