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As of early June, there had been 355 applications from more than 200 lodges across the state in the Masonic Matching Charity Grants Program. Through their approved projects, Pennsylvania Masons have contributed more than $500,000 collectively this year toward charitable causes.

In some of the lodges, Masons are rolling up their sleeves to take advantage of the newest option of the Matching Charity Grants program adding their physical efforts to financial support in serving their communities. R.W. Grand Master Robert L. Dluge, Jr. said in his inaugural address, "We ask that you continue (financial) caring, but expand it by actually giving of yourselves and your charitable funds." He applauds those lodges who have responded and acted so quickly.

In that "Project Sponsorship" phase of Matching Charity Grants in 2000, lodges can gain financial support from Grand Lodge for the materials put into an approved community project. This is particularly useful to lodges that do not have sufficient charity fund income, but can provide manpower for community projects. To participate, a lodge must develop and submit a project proposal and cost estimate to receive approval before proceeding. Among the requirements is to have a plan that will involve at least ten percent of the lodge membership in the program. When approved, the lodge then must supply the manpower to complete the project and the Grand Lodge will reimburse the costs.

The potential to serve mankind and the community is vast, such as: conducting recreation, sports, and social events; constructing facilities; serving the needy; or improving our environment. For information about the Masonic Matching Charities Grants Program, check the Grand Lodge web site at «www.pagrandlodge.org/mcg», or review the program kit that each W.M. and Secretary has.

To read about some of the Matching Charity Grants Program success stories follow the links below.

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"Hands-on" Community Service Renews, Re-Energizes Western Star Lodge No. 304
The brethren in Western Star Lodge No. 304, Meadville...

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Volunteering Brother, Lodge Donations Provide Wheelchairs to Those in Need
John B. Fulton, P.M., of Thompson Lodge No. 340, Paoli...

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Masons Come Together to Help Family in Need
While families were putting into place their Easter plans and welcoming...

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Juniata Lodge Contribution Makes Camp Chapel a Reality
As of this summer, there is a chapel for campers...

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