Philanthropy

Masonry is the world's first and largest fraternal organization, and is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to help make the world a better place. Through our culture of philanthropy, we make a profound difference for our brothers, our families, our communities, and our future.

It is our vision to be regarded as a world-leader in medical research, dedicated to generating the knowledge necessary to develop innovative solutions to medical challenges facing society and providing a creative environment for the education and training of the innovators of tomorrow.

The Grand Lodge of New York through its Trustees of the Masonic Hall and Home established a scholarship in 1996. The Education Assistance Committee of Grand Lodge administers this scholarship program for post high school level students. The effort is directed at the sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of Master Masons in good standing, belonging to Lodges within the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York.

Community

Masons have a tradition of being model citizens in the communities in which we live. We engage the community in many different ways from food drives, to charity fundraising, but all reflect the true charity of our efforts to benefit society. Through Masonic principles and tradition, we foster personal growth and improve the lives of others.

The Masonic Care Community is the center diamond in a crown of properties owned and managed by the Trustees of the Masonic Hall and Home and the Members of the Masonic Fraternity. The Masonic Care Community opened its doors in May of 1893 as the Masonic Home. It was built with pride and purpose and over the years, has been a safe haven and welcome place for tens of thousands of people.

Camp Turk is committed to a tradition of giving children the opportunity to establish lifelong friendships, learn new skills, gain an appreciation for the outdoors, achieve independence and be a contributing member of "our" camp community.

 

Camp Turk is located on the beautiful private Round Lake in Woodgate, New York and is situated on over 1,500 acres of land in the Adirondack Park Preserve.

Keeping our time-honored tradition of supporting our troops is more important now than ever.

 

Masons have a proud tradition of supporting our men and women in uniform, dating back to the Revolutionary War. In every conflict or war that involved our country, Freemasons never lost their focus on the individual serviceman or woman. You’ll find Masonic influence in the Civil War, World Wars I and II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.

The first several hours after a child, elderly, or disabled person is reported missing can be critical to the successful outcome of the case. Having valuable information about the Child (missing person) ready and at hand for Law enforcement agencies is imperative. The MSID's FREE Program is designed to help parents with having this information ready and available when needed.

At any given time, there are over 10,000 New Yorkers waiting for a lifesaving transplant. NY State Masons have made organ donation a priority and heavily support the cause.

Becoming a Mason Starts With a Conversation.

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We believe men are first made Masons in their hearts, then they ask to join our Fraternity. Freemasonry will take these men — already good men in our community — and help make them better men.

 

Each man brings something different into the Fraternity — as different as the types of men who become Masons. However, each shares a core of common beliefs & dreams; each brother believes that, even in a small way, by every one of his actions he helps make his world, his community & himself better.

 

Freemasonry accepts no one for membership unless he comes of his own free will & accord, having already obtained a favorable impression of our Fraternity.
 

There are few other requirements. You must:

• Be a man age 18 or older (although women & younger people can join related groups),

• Believe in a Supreme Being,

• A belief in the immortality of the soul,

• Live an ethical life, and

• Have a strong interest in the Fraternity with a desire to participate in our charities & activities.

 

An application fee is also required, followed by a background investigation on all applicants.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about the Fraternity of Freemasonry,

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