The beliefs of Freemasonry come down to three basic concepts. Masons are taught to believe in:
- Brotherly love: Love for each other and for all mankind
- Relief: Charity for others and mutual aid for fellow Masons
- Truth: The search for answers to the universal questions of morality and the salvation of the soul.
A common statement is made that, internationally, Freemasons provide $3 million every day to charity — $2 million in the United States alone. Three centuries of encouraging good works in its members have resulted in large, institutional charities supported by Freemasons.
These charities include scholarships, relief for natural disasters, and donations to schools and to destitute families. Masons have provided retirement homes for their own members, as well as schools and homes for orphans, and we participate in a a host of community and social programs.
Especially notable are the many medical philanthropies supported by Masons, which range from neuromuscular, dental, and eye care, to Shriners Hospital program for children. Please find below a list of specific programs that the Mount Holyoke Lodge supports.
Masonic Health System of Massachusetts
For more than 100 years, Masonic Health System of Massachusetts has been bringing a better quality of life to generations of people. Masonic Health System’s continuum of services and support include:
- Independent Living
- Personal Care
- Short-term Rehabilitation Services
- Post-acute Care Services
- Long-term Care
- Memory Care
- Respite Services
- Certified Home Health Care. Just to name a few.
Mount Holyoke Lodge Scholarship Fund
Mount Holyoke Lodge is proud to offer deserving High School Seniors an opportunity to further their education. These students are encouraged to complete a scholarship application for consideration.
MYCHIP (Masonic Youth Child Identification Program)
MYCHIP (Masonic Youth Child Identification Program) has identified more than 300,000 children since its inception in 1988, and it continues to assist families today.
The program provides tools to help law enforcement authorities find and identify a lost or missing child. The Masons of Massachusetts, partnering with the Massachusetts Crime Prevention Officers Association and the Massachusetts Dental Association, donate MYCHIP resources to make this service available to the public. None of the information is copied and all the identifying materials are given to the child’s family.
DeMolay is an organization dedicated to preparing young men to lead successful, happy, and productive lives.
Basing its approach on timeless principles and practical, hands-on experience, DeMolay opens doors for young men aged 12 to 21 by developing the civic awareness, personal responsibility and leadership skills so vitally needed in society today. DeMolay combines this serious mission with a fun approach that builds important bonds of friendship among members in more than 1,000 chapters worldwide. DeMolay alumni include Walt Disney, John Wayne, Walter Cronkite, football Hall-of-Famer Fran Tarkenton, legendary Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne, news anchor David Goodnow and many others. Each has spoken eloquently of the life-changing benefit gained from their involvement in DeMolay.
The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls
The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is the only youth club that teaches what matters most – leadership, confidence, and citizenship. Every day, across the globe, hundreds of thousands of girls come together to laugh, share, and grow through fun events and challenging workshops designed to empower girls of all ages. Rainbow Girls volunteer for their community and travel around the world, visiting other clubs and making lots of new friends. Along the way, they gather invaluable life skills that help them become the best daughter, sister, student, and friend they can be.
Shriners Hosipitals for Children
The Shriners Hospitals are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care to children with a host of orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal disorders and diseases, as well as cleft lip and palate. Our hospital is light-filled, colorful and designed to put children and families at ease.