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June 23, 2015

 

 

A HISTORY OF GIVING BACK

 

Freemasonry opens men’s eyes to the knowledge that the road to happiness is found in the journey to the perfection of the spirit, intellect & soul, collectively striving to their fullest potential.

Differing from religious institutions, Freemasonry sees all men as equal, not drawing division of expressions of faith or depth of beliefs. Fellow Freemasons are regarded as brothers because of the rituals of Freemasonry, which have remained virtually unchanged for many hundred years. By accepting men of all faiths, together in Freemasonry, they learn and teach the truths of morality, justice, patriotism and brotherly love all expressed through reverence to the divine Great Architect of the Universe.

 

Simply, Freemasonry builds and advances the character of men to make them better.

Building on principals of moral integrity, Freemasons hold brotherly love as paramount to the benefit of mankind. Whether through charitable acts or by direct involvement, Freemasonry has dedicated itself to the prosperity of mankind.

On the individual level, Freemasonry builds on moral philosophy, through allegorical symbols to impart rich and complex meanings about the divine. What that means is taught through Masonic education where individuals are given their own personal building blocks to contribute to the development of their own personal moral character and then charged with applying that purpose in their day-to-day life.

 

Freemasonry does NOT act to impart religion to its membership. Instead, Freemasonry builds on the tenants and virtues taught by all religions, including a faith in the divine, the application of the Golden Rule, and the value of leading a moral virtuous life – all with the drive to put these ideas into personal practice. It promotes the active participation in the member’s individual faith tradition, charging them to build their spiritual character.

 

Throughout the mason’s life, the lessons of morality and ethics are revisited through the extensions of the various bodies of Freemasonry, building further on the principals of Freemasonry. Seldom can a mason say they have learned all of the meanings taught to them through the degrees.

By serving to promote brotherly love, Masons are actively involved in extending charity and benevolence to meet the needs of those in the most need in society.

 

By example, Freemasons are involved in ALL of these charitable organizations giving to the needs of others.

 

  • Childhood language disorders

  • Treatment for birth defects

  • Scholarship and direct grants to children and grandchildren of Scottish Rite Masons as well as to members of DeMolay, Job’s Daughters, Rainbow for Girls, and other Masonic youth groups

  • Research on diabetes

  • A summer camp for underprivileged children

  • Arteriosclerosis research

  • Christmas Day Dinner for the Des Moines community

  • Cancer research

  • Training awards for religious leadership and those making religious work their career

  • A museum and monument to George Washington

  • Grants to students at in Schools of Government and Business

  • Administration and International Affairs

  • Dental care for handicapped children

  • Scholarship assistance to nursing students

  • Geriatric research

  • Child development for good citizenship and sound character for boys and girls

  • Outpatient services for cancer treatment

  • Low cost education loans

  • Eye surgery and prescription glasses

  • Treatment for cancer patients and cancer research support

  • Masonic Hospital Visitation Program for V.A. Hospital volunteers

  • Research in heart disease, cancer, aging, hypertension, and blood substitutes

  • Meeting and performance facilities at the International Peace Garden

  • A clearinghouse on Masonic information

  • Education of youth about drugs and alcohol

  • Ohio Special Olympics

  • A non-denominational chapel for mediation and religious services at the International Peace Garden

  • Research into the causes and treatment of schizophrenia and related disorders

  • Research into auditory perception disorders in children

  • A Georgia children’s medical Center

  • A museum and library focusing on our American heritage as well as Freemasonry’s role in the history of our country

  • The first public library in the District of Columbia

  • Scholarships and fellowships for Ph.D. candidates in Public School Administration

  • Support for students seeking degrees in fields associated with service to country and humanity Orthopedic services to children through a network of 22 hospitals and treatment for burns victims at four burns centers

  • Support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association

  • A provider of new shoes for needy Tennessee and Alabama children

  • An orthopedic, neuralgic, and child development hospital in Texas

  • Operates a clinic for dyslexic and aphasia disorders in children

  • Provides needy homeless children in the school district with clothing and toiletries

 

The following is a brief listing of these American Masonic Charities mentioned above.  

 

Abbott Scottish Rite Scholarship Program

Provides direct grants to children and grandchildren of Scottish Rite masons, as well as members of DeMolay, Job’s Daughters, Rainbow Girls, and other Masonic youth groups.

 

Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, N.M.J.

P.O. Box 519

33 Marrett Road

Lexington, Massachusetts 02173

617-862-4410

 

Amaranth Diabetes Foundation

Supports research on diabetes

The Supreme Council, Order of the Amaranth

Mrs. Ethel B. Fry, Supreme Secretary

2303 Murdoch Avenue

Parkersburg, West Virginia 26101

304-485-0423 or 304-428-1565

 

Camp Chicota

A summer camp for underprivileged children.

Grand Lodge of Louisiana, Prince Hall Affiliation

1335-37 North Boulevard

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821

504-387-0996

 

Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation

Supports arteriosclerosis research.

Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation

Marion K. Crum, Executive Secretary

Route 4, Box 301

Nashville, Indiana 47448

812-988-8655

 

Des Moines Masonic Christmas Day Dinner

Provides Christmas Day Dinner for the community.

Masonic Christmas Day Dinner

Masonic Temple

1011 Locus Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50309

515-244-6011

 

Eastern Star Cancer Research Project

Supports cancer research

General Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star

1618 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20009-2578

202-667-4737

 

Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership

Supports those who are making religious work their career.

General Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star

1618 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20009-2578

202-667-4737

 

General Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star

Supports the Peace Chapel at the International Peace Garden which provides a non-denominational chapel for meditation and religious services

General Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star

1618 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20009-2578

202-667-4737

 

George Washington Masonic National Memorial

A museum and monument to our first President (and a Mason)

George Washington Masonic National Memorial

101 Calahan Drive

Alexandria, Virginia 22301

703-683-2007

 

George Washington University Grants

Provides grants to students in the Schools of Government and Business Administration and International Affairs and matching grants for graduate students.

Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, Southern Jurisdiction

1733 Sixteenth Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20009-3199

1-800-SR MASON

 

Grotto Dentistry for the Handicapped Program

Provides dental care to handicapped children

Supreme Council, M.O.V.P.E.R.

34 N. Fourth Street

Columbus, Ohio 43215

614-463-9193

 

Illinois Scottish Rite Nursing Scholarships

Provides scholarship assistance to nursing students throughout the State of Illinois.

Illinois Scottish Rite Fund

Illinois Council of Deliberation

915 N. Dearborn Street

Chicago, Illinois 60610

312-787-7605

 

Indiana Masonic Home Foundation

An endowment which supports the Indiana Masonic Home, a retirement and convalescence center. Located on 360 acres, is home for over

400 residents.

P. O. Box 44210

525 North Illinois Street

Indianapolis, Indiana 46224-0210

800-277-4643

 

Indianapolis Scottish Rite Foundation

Supports geriatric research at the University of Indiana Medical School.

Indianapolis Scottish Rite Bodies

650 N. Meridian Street

Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-1294

317-635-2301

 

International Order of Job’s Daughters

A organization for girls between the ages of eleven and twenty who are relatives of Master Masons.

Supreme Guardian Council, International Order of Job’s Daughters

233 West 6th Street

Papillion, Nebraska 68046

402-592-7987

 

International Order of Rainbow for Girls

A organization for girls between the ages of eleven and eighteen who are daughters of Masonic or Eastern Star families or friends of such girls.

International Order of Rainbow for Girls

P.O. Box 788

McAlester, Oklahoma 74502

918-423-1328

 

Kansas Masonic Oncology Center

Provides out-patient services for cancer treatment.

Kansas Masonic Foundation

320 West 8th Street

P.O. Box 1217

Topeka, Kansas 66601-1217

913-357-7646

 

Knights Templar Educational Foundation

Provides students with low-cost education loans.

5097 Elston Ave, Suite 101

Chicago, Illinois 60630-2460

312-427-5670

 

Knights Templar Eye Foundation

Supports eye surgery and prescription glasses.

P.O. Box 579

Springfield, Illinois 62705-0579

217-523-3838

 

Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center

Provides treatment for cancer patients and supports research.

Masonic Cancer Center Fund, Inc.

1700 West Highway 36, Suite 120

Roseville, Minnesota 55113

612-639-8433

 

Masonic Hospital Visitation Program

Provides Masonic volunteers to work with patients at Veterans Administration and military hospitals.

Masonic Services Association of the United States

8120 Fenton Street

Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

301-588-4010

 

Masonic Medical Research Laboratory, Utica, New York

Supports research in heart disease, cancer, aging, hypertension, and blood substitutes.

2150 Bleeker Street

Utica, New York 13501-1787

315-735-2217

 

Masonic Memorial Auditorium, International Peace Garden

Provides meeting and performance facilities for visitors.

Grand Lodge of North Dakota

201 14th Avenue North

Fargo, North Dakota 58102

701-235-8321

 

The Masonic Services Association of the United States serves as a clearing house for Masonic information.

National Masonic Foundation for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Among Children

Supports education for youth about drugs and alcohol

1629 K Street N.W., Suite 606

Washington, D.C. 20006

(202) 331-1933

 

Ohio Special Olympics

The Masonic Grand Lodge of Ohio sponsors every Ohio Special Olympian at these games.

Grand Lodge of Ohio

P.O. Box 629

Worthington, Ohio 43085-0629

614-885-5318

 

Order of DeMolay

A fraternal organization for boys between the ages of thirteen and twenty-one; its purpose is the encouragement and development of good citizenship and sound character.

International Supreme Council, Order of DeMolay

10200 N. Executive Hills Boulevard

P.O. Box 901342

Kansas City, Missouri 64190-1342

816-891-8333

 

Research In Schizophrenia

Supports research into the causes and treatment of schizophrenia and related disorders.

Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, N.M.J.

P.O. Box 519

33 Marrett Road

Lexington, Massachusetts 02173

617-862-4410

 

Royal Arch Research Assistance Program

Supports research into auditory perception disorders in children.

General Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons International

111 South 4th Street

Danville, Kentucky 40423-0489

606-236-0757

 

Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center in Georgia

Provides generalized and specialized services to children.

Scottish Rites Children’s Medical Center

1001 Johnson Ferry Road, N.E.

Atlanta, Georgia 30363

404-256-5252

 

Scottish Rite Museum of Our National Heritage

A museum and library focusing on our American heritage as well as Freemasonry’s role in the history of our country.

Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, N.M.J.

P.O. Box 519

33 Marrett Road

Lexington, Massachusetts 02173

617-862-4410

 

Scottish Rite Supreme Council Library

The first public library in the District of Columbia which today serves the general public as well as international Masonic scholars.

Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, Southern Jurisdiction

1733 Sixteenth Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20009-3199

1-800-SR MASON

 

Shepherd Scholarship

Supports students seeking degrees in fields associated with service to country and humanity.

Shriners Hospitals for Children

and Shriners Burn Institutes Provides orthopedic services to children through a network of 22 hospitals and treatment for burns victims at three burns centers, also provides specialized medical services for spinal cord injuries, and cleft palates.

Direct phone to Shriners Hospitals for Children (USA)

800-237-5055

 

Shriner Headquarters

2900 Rocky Point Drive

Tampa, Florida 33607

USA 800-282-9161

Canada 800-361-7256

call collect – 813-281-0300

 

Tall Cedar Foundation

Supports the Muscular Dystrophy Association

Supreme Forest, Tall Cedars of Lebanon

2609 N. Front Street

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110

717-232-5991

 

Tennessee and Alabama Scottish Rite Shoe Program

Provides new shoes for need Tennessee and Alabama children

Chattanooga Scottish Rite Bodies

510 Uptain Building

Chattanooga, Tennessee 37411-4031

615-855-0175

 

Birmingham Scottish Rite Bodies

400 Valley Avenue

Birmingham, Alabama 35209-3899

205-942-2687

 

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Provides orthopedic, neuralgic, and child development services to children in Texas

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

2222 Welborn Street

Dallas, Texas 75219-9982

214-521-3168

 

Masons Assisting Children (MAC)

Provides needy homeless children in the school district with clothing and toiletries

Masons Assisting Children

2200 West Mesquite

Las Vegas, Nevada 89106

 

Scottish Rite Foundation

Operates a clinic for dyslexic and aphasia disorders in children

Scottish Rite Foundation

2200 West Mesquite

Las Vegas, Nevada 89106

 

 

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