The Gatherings with Purpose Small Towns Big Dreams contest rewards those who give back. People seeking funds to improve a neighborhood park, build a new walking trail at a local school or improve the community in some other way may be eligible for a new contest that rewards people for giving back. Modern Woodmen of America is searching for monthly winners to receive $500 to kick-start a community improvement project.

“Modern Woodmen members gather with purpose through local chapters and youth service clubs nationwide,” said Deb Wagemann, a Modern Woodmen representative in Androscoggin/Oxford Counties. “This monthly contest is an opportunity to give others the opportunity to improve communities through volunteerism.”

Submissions can be entered online at for a chance to win. Entries should be 400 words or less and describe what project would be completed with $500 from Modern Woodmen.

Eligible submissions will be posted online and the public can help choose a favorite. The winner will be chosen based on the potential project impact and the number of “likes.”

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