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"Angel Mail" Update – May 7, 2010

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us;  what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." - Albert Pike

Welcome to our newest Masonic Angel Funds chapters:

140

Farmington Area Masonic Angel Fund 

Wilton

ME

12/01/2009

141

Charlton Masonic Angel Fund

Charlton

MA

02/27/2010

Since the Universal Masonic Angel Fund carries the designation of MAF #0, this places us at 142 Masonic Angel Funds in twelve states.

Founders Fund Benevolence Builder Grant for MAF Chapters Outside MassachusettsWe are pleased to announce a new series of Benevolence Builder Grants specifically for Masonic Angel Funds outside Massachusetts.  This grant series is funded through the generous contributions of the friends and family of MAF Co-Founder John Alden Sherman as well as many other patrons.

 The Founders Fund BBG series runs from May 1, 2010 through June 30, 2010 and will conclude early if the allocated funds are expended.  

In order to qualify for the Founders' Fund BBG series, the affiliate must meet all of the following criteria:

Any Masonic Angel Fund outside Massachusetts that meets the above qualifications may apply for a 50% replenishment of benevolences conferred during the grant period.  Please note that each qualified Masonic Angel Fund may receive up to a cap of $1,000 for this series.  This means that we can replenish 50% of your benevolences up to $2,000 during the life of this grant series.

To apply for a Founders' Fund Benevolence Builder Grant simply email the particulars of each benevolence to info@masonicangelfund.org - DO NOT save up your benevolences to be submitted at one time - the money might very well be depleted before you submit your request.  Please send your requests as you confer the benevolences. 

St. Andrew Benevolence Builder Grant Series ContinuesThe "St. Andrew Benevolence Builder Grant" series is for Masonic Angel Funds in Massachusetts and offers 50% replenishment of benevolences with a limit of $1,000 per MAF chapter. 

The St. Andrew BBG series is slated to run through June but will conclude early if the allocated funds have been expended.  Do not hold your benevolence submissions.  Submit them immediately via email or telephone to ensure that your grant is funded. 

As always, we express our sincerest thanks to our Brethren in The Lodge of St. Andrew for their continued generosity to Massachusetts' Masonic Angel Funds.

Benevolence StoriesWe have a variety of benevolence stories to report in this issue, gleaned from recent semi-annual reports and benevolence builder grant requests.  As always, we chose a representative sample of the benevolences that cross our desks.   

We do want to preface this issue’s benevolence listing with this:  We have never seen as many clothing and food benevolences as observed this winter.  Our MAF chapters heard the call and stepped up most admirably! 

King Hiram’s Lodge MAF – KHLMAF provided clothing and food for more children than we can count.  They also provided personal hygiene items and other necessities for a sixteen-year-old girl who is an emancipated minor, breakfast assistance for multiple students,  holiday gifts, school enrichment program tuition and paid very modest fees for several overweight girls to attend physical education at a local women’s health club with a qualified trainer.  With all the recent publicity about bullying, we’re sure everyone remembers how cruel high school kids are to obese girls.  This first-in-the-system initiative cost next to nothing and gave these girls a chance to work on their weight away from the not-so-gracious eyes of their classmates.

 Universal MAF – Lots of food and clothing!  UMAF also provided afterschool tuition in a couple of special circumstances. Thanksgiving holiday packages were provided for thirteen families.

 Boston First Fund – Food, clothing and transit vouchers.  BFF also provided holiday gifts for children at the Roxbury DRC and Big Sisters of Greater Boston.  In recent weeks, BFF received many requests for summer program fees for children in Head Start, whose clients are often in need of continued structured programs during the summer months.

 James H. Campbell MAF – Provided summer campership tuition for ten special needs students in the Natick school system.  This MAF also helped to obtain winter clothing for multiple children.

 John Cutler MAF – Supported multiple students with program fees for athletics and after school tuition.

 Tahattawan MAF – Funded program fees for two students in unique situations.

 Marine Lodge MAF – Multiple camperships were funded in the past month.  MLMAF also purchased eyeglasses and a refurbished laptop computer to a student.

 Olive Branch MAF – Acquired a used flute for one child and funded field trip fees for two eighth graders.

 Simonds Lodge MAF – Helped to obtain warm clothing for a little girl whose mother is profoundly ill.

 St. Aspinquid’s MAF – Provided eyeglasses for multiple children and emergency dental care for another.  Also gave multiple food cards and paid tutoring fees for one child.

 Buffalo River MAF – Obtained a winter wheelchair guard for a disabled child and provided shoes/snow pants for multiple children.

 Excelsior MAF – Purchased eyeglasses and food cards for several local children.

 Level MAF – Funded special program fees for the three-year-old daughter of a wounded-in-Iraq National Guardsman.

 Mount Hollis MAF – Provided Christmas gifts for multiple children.

 Old Colony MAF – “Made a Christmas” for a family with a terminally-ill five year old girl.

 Phoenix MAF – Paid the small balance remaining on driver education fees for a sixteen-year-old girl whose father just died from cancer.

 Washington Lodge MAF – Winter supplies, clothing and lunch vouchers for twenty-eight different children.  Truly impressive!

  

Laptops for KidZ Project Launches

 In March we launched the Laptops for KidZ project to provide refurbished laptop computers to children who do not have access to a computer outside of school hours.  Laptops for KidZ is funded separately from other MAF programs with laptops donated by businesses and individuals.  LFK was accepted in the Community Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher program which permits the installation of genuine Microsoft Windows operating system software on refurbished machines for the very modest cost of $6 per machine. 

 If you have a laptop that you would like to donate, please contact info@laptopsforkidZ.org – we accept most functioning Windows laptops.

 Why did we launch this project?  As we see many of our chapters focusing on the basics of food, clothing and health care, we realized that if the parents cannot provide the most basic of kids’ needs, there is no way they could manage a computer.  The further along in school a child advances, the more of a disadvantage they suffer if they don’t have computer access outside of school.  The Foundation’s directors felt that if we could find a way to address this need without impacting other MAFI services we should pursue it. 

 The first laptops will be deployed in Orleans, MA as soon as next week.  We were quite impressed by how many folks stepped up to support this program with their time, expertise and by donating their retired laptops.  LFK also attracted the eager attention of some organizations that do not ordinarily support MAF programs, so we shall see where that leads.

 For more information on Laptops for KidZ please visit www.laptopsforkidZ.org

 A PDF color brochure for prospective laptop donors will be available shortly in the downloads section of www.masonicangelfund.org

 

Volunteer Grant Writers Needed 

The Foundation is looking for two or three volunteer grant writers.  One volunteer has come forward but we would like at least one more, as this could be a rather significant work commitment.  More information is available at http://www.masonicangelfund.org/NewsItems/newsitem192.htm

 Semi-Annual Reports for the Fall Semester Due July 31st

 Semi-annual report packets will be mailed out sometime in December. The reports are exactly the same as they were last semester. Please remember that the reports for January 1, 2010 to June 30, 2010 are due at the Foundation's office by July 31, 2010. In addition to the mailed packet, the forms will be posted on our web site for download as soon as they are published.  Note that group exemption members were notified in September that there are now late fees charged to those members that do not file their reports by the deadline.  The forms are available for download on our web site.

Military Benevolence Program

 A reminder, if you have any children of military personnel who are deployed or were deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan a generous private foundation patron has made a fund available to help local Masonic Angel Funds who are providing assistance to children of these brave men and women. Contact the Foundation if you have a benevolence request that might qualify for 100% reimbursement under this program.

Share Your News!

Do you have benevolence stories you would like to share with the rest of the MAF on-line community? If so, please email them to info@masonicangelfund.org and we will pass them along to your colleagues.

Regards to all,
Robert W. Fellows, Co-Founder/Board President
Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.
info@masonicangelfund.org
www.masonicangelfund.org