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Masons across the state are reaching out and touching the lives of many people through their generosity and concern for their fellow man. With their participation in the Masonic Matching Charities Fund Program, the lodges are doubling their charitable impact.

In five months of receiving applications in the Matching Charities Grants Program, there were 323 "Perfect Matches" totalling $233,654 approved for 191 lodges statewide. As a result of lodge commitments that had been matched as of July 1, there were at least $467,300 in charity contributions available to serve communities across the state. In the program, all approved lodge commitments are doubled, but the actual presentation to the recipient charity is made by way of one check from the lodge with no mention of the Grand Lodge participation. The local lodge and its members take full credit for the contribution in their home community.

In reporting on the program at the Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge, Past Grand Master Samuel C. Williamson, Chairman of the Matching Grants Committee, said: "The program has become successful more rapidly than anticipated. The interest in the program is statewide. (As of June 1) District 14 had 100% participation and 13 other districts had at least 50% of their lodges involved in the program."

It is interesting to observe how dramatically the participation grew. The program was announced at the Annual Grand Communication, Dec. 27. No applications were received in January. By the end of February, there were eight. In March, there were 21 more. During April and May there were 237 applications!

Some of the recipients of grants are: Individual medical and hardship cases, Easter Seals, scholarships, school citizenship programs, youth organizations, American Red Cross, neighborhood playgrounds, Make-A-Wish Foundation, hospital volunteers services, food banks, American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, nursing home care, Blind Association, United Way, volunteer fire departments, neo-natal care facilities, Special Olympics, and more.

Status Reports and a summary of the types of recipients of the Masonic Matching Charity Grants are updated regularly on the Pennsylvania Grand Lodge internet page. Click here to see more on the Matching Grants Program.

Valley Lodge No. 797

Masons of Valley Lodge No. 797 raised over $5,000 grilling steak dinners to benefit The Tyler Stiely Medical Fund.

8th District

Masons of the 8th Masonic District matched funds raised jointly by the Knights of Columbus and Masons for Easter Seals.

Frankford lodge No. 292

Frankford Lodge No. 292, Philadelphia, granted funds to help the Community Care Center of the Northeast Provide home care to the homebound.