Masonic Angel Fund News
March 14, 2009 - Masonic Angel Fund Honored by Massachusetts Legislature
A local charity which began in Orleans is now nationwide
Universal Lodge's Masonic Angel Fund was honored Thursday night with a citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives, recognizing the MAF's ten years of service to children in the towns of Orleans, Brewster, and Eastham.
The Masonic Angel Fund helps children who might otherwise fall through the cracks in the social service system. Whether it be a warm coat, a pair of eyeglasses or perhaps some help with after school tuition, local school professionals contact the Masonic Angel Fund and the program's all-volunteer staff responds within one business day to assist with the need. By charter, the Masons have no direct contact with recipient families.
The first Masonic Angel Fund was established in Orleans at the Universal Masonic Lodge in 1998 by local Masons John Alden Sherman and Robert W. Fellows. Since then it has grown into a national program with 135 chapters in twelve states. Every community in the Cape and Islands area is covered by a Masonic Angel Fund.
The citation was originated by State Representative Sarah K. Peake (D-Provincetown). It was presented by Rep. Peake's legislative aide Ms. Dorothy K. Smith, as Rep. Peake was still in legislative session at the time of last night's ceremonies.
Ms. Smith thanked the Masonic Angel Fund for embracing so many of the area's struggling families over the past decade. She commended the program for its policy of 100% of donated funds being used for benefit of the children.
Individual Masonic Angel Funds are sponsored by local Lodges, which underwrite all of their operating costs. The national parent "headquarters" Masonic Angel Foundation is a volunteer operated 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. Its operating costs are covered by donations made specifically for that purpose.
The Masonic Angel Fund at Universal Lodge has provided approximately $60,000 in charitable assistance to local children in need since its establishment.