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Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc. - "Angel Mail" Update – July 3, 2011

Benevolence Stories and More

Benevolence Builder Grant Series Conclude

This spring we were fortunate to offer two Benevolence Builder Grant series.  The Lodge of St. Andrew once again sponsored their spring BBG series for Massachusetts Masonic Angel Fund chapters.  The friends and family of John A. Sherman offered a Founders Fund BBG series for chapters outside Massachusetts.   Both series have now concluded. 

We express our sincerest thanks to our generous patrons for making these BBG series possible during a time of crisis for children in need.

Benevolence Stories 

We know the benevolence stories are the real reason people read these Angel Mail bulletins, so we put them “front and center” for everyone’s enjoyment. 

Below is a representative sampling of recent benevolences:

 Azure MAF (Walpole, MA) – Eyeglasses and a campership.

 Charlton MAF (Charlton, MA) – Clothing, footwear, multiple camperships.

 Eau Claire Area MAF (Eau Claire, WI) – Provided eyeglasses, bus passes, grocery cards, a bed, emergency dental care, domestic violence victim assistance, prescription medications, YMCA program fees and more.

 Greenwood MAF (Greenwood, IN) – Clothing for a second grade boy and art supplies for multiple children whose parents could not provide them.

 Henry L. Palmer MAF (Wauwatosa, WI) – Personal hygiene kits for hundreds of homeless children in the greater Milwaukee area.  H. L. Palmer MAF has made it their special mission to serve the homeless population served by the Milwaukee Public Schools as well as schools in Milwaukee’s suburbs.

 James H. Campbell MAF (Natick, MA) – Provided summer camperships for twelve special needs children.

 John Cutler MAF (Abington, MA) – Provided tuition for a special program for an elementary school girl.   

 Level MAF (Shrewsbury, MA) – Clothing and food cards for multiple children and two camperships.

 Marine Lodge MAF (Falmouth, MA) – Clothing for fire victims, after school program tuition, multiple camperships, two Laptops for KidZ computers at Falmouth High School.

 Mount Bigelow MAF (Carrabassett Valley, ME) – Summer program fees, school lunches, school supplies for seven children at the local elementary school.

 Mount Hollis MAF (Holliston, MA) – Grocery cards for a family in crisis, balance on a field trip fee.

 Mount Horeb MAF (Dennis, MA) – Grocery cards for a cancer-stricken mother with a chronically ill child, three  Laptops for KidZ computers

 Mount Carmel-Damascus MAF (Lynn, MA) – After school tuition for a seven-year-old girl, special program fees for two eight-year-old girls, eyeglasses, school field day fees.

 Mount Washington MAF (North Conway, NH) – Clothing, footwear, grocery cards, gas cards and camperships for multiple children

 Olive Branch MAF (Millbury, MA) – Camperships for two children.

 Siloam MAF (Westborough, MA) – Partial tuition for a child with Diabetes to attend a summer program for diabetic children.

 Simon W. Robinson MAF (Lexington, MA) – Grocery cards for Air Force family assistance

 St. Alban’s MAF (Foxboro, MA) – Eye exam and medically necessary contact lenses for a high school student, eyeglasses/exam for a homeless high school student, eyeglasses/exam for an elementary school girl, camperships, three Laptops for KidZ computers.

 St. Aspinquid MAF (North Berwick, ME) – Academic program fees for two gifted girls who live in a homeless shelter, gas cards for a family with a critically ill child, clothing/food/medical supplies for a third grader battling cancer, summer tutoring for two children, sneakers/coat for a second grade boy, prescription medication, clothing/food for three children.  Also provided school lunches for multiple children whose parents are out of work but hadn’t yet qualified for free/reduced lunch.

 St. Martin’s Lodge MAF (Chatham, MA) – Six Laptops for KidZ computers, donated by a local businessperson and placed at Chatham Elementary School.  Total cost was $69.72 to refurbish all six laptops.  Read the Cape Cod Today story here.

 Tahattawan MAF (Littleton, MA) – Softball equipment for a girl with a disabled mother, camperships for multiple children, partial funding towards the purchase of a special wheelchair for a profoundly disabled child.

 Universal MAF (Orleans, MA) – Food and clothing gift cards for a family in crisis, two Laptops for KidZ computers, eyeglasses, clothing/personal items for two siblings, clothing/shoes for two different siblings and a campership.

 Wellesley MAF (Wellesley, MA) – Tuition assistance for a child to attend a six week summer academic, arts and athletics program, summer school tuition assistance.

 Yarmouth MAF (Yarmouth, MA) – Fifty Laptops for KidZ computers (total cost of $300 for all 50 machines)

 A Grand Old Cat Sleeps with the Angels

 Those few who had the opportunity to visit our rather unique facility are aware of the presence of the many cats that share our donated office space.  The Grand Dame of the cat kingdom here, a purportedly twenty-year-old dilute calico named Trevi, passed away on June 30th after a short illness.  Our friends at eCape, Inc. (publishers of Cape Cod Today, Cape Cod KidZ, sponsors of the MAF brochures, supporters of Laptops for KidZ) are also great lovers of animals.  They prepared a moving “obituary” for Trevi which you may read at http://www.capecodpets.com/news238.htm

 Laptops for KidZ Thrives

 The Laptops for KidZ Project is thriving.  We have now placed over 175 refurbished computers and are continuing to expand the program.

 Laptops for KidZ volunteers refurbish donated laptop computers and place them with schools served by local MAF chapters.  Laptops are to be sent home with children who would not otherwise have access to a computer outside regular school hours.

 MAF/Laptops for KidZ is a member of the Microsoft Registered Refurbisher program.  This allows us to provide very low cost “Citizenship Licenses” for Microsoft Windows XP Professional to be install on computers refurbished under the LFK program guidelines.  Volunteers typically add Avast! anti-virus software, Open Office and Adobe Reader on each computer.  LFK’s machines are provided to recipient schools absolutely free of charge.  (Our cost to put a refurbished computer in front of the child is between $6 and $30 in most cases.)

 As of July 1, 2011, Microsoft has authorized us to begin installing Windows 7 Citizenship Licenses on qualifying computers.

 Over the past fifteen months, Laptops for KidZ has received some wonderful publicity in the form of a continuing series on capecodtoday.com , a regional news site here on Cape Cod.  Cape Cod Today has covered the placement of many computers that were placed through Laptops for KidZ.  Visit www.capecodtoday.com and do a site search on Laptops for KidZ to see the many stories they have published about our program.

 LFK Project Director Mario Meré wishes to offer special thanks to our devoted volunteer chief technician Benjamin Richardson who worked nearly full time on Laptops for KidZ throughout the winter, refurbishing approximately 100 computers between November and March. 

 We also thank volunteers Joseph Dowick and Donald Kochka, Jr. for their many courier runs around Cape Cod to pick up donated computers and to deliver completed machines. 

 Right now our greatest need is for donated laptops.  If you would like to talk to local businesses about donating their old or surplus laptops, please contact info@masonicangelfund.org for advice on how to make the approach.  We’re also starting to see a pattern of success in situations where MAF networks with other charitable groups.

 If your MAF chapter is a member of the group exemption and would like to participate in Laptops for KidZ please contact info@masonicangelfund.org   The Laptops for KidZ brochure may be accessed on the Downloads page of www.masonicangelfund.org

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

 Semi-annual report packets were mailed out in mid-December. The reports are exactly the same as they were last semester. Please remember that the reports for January 1, 2011 to June 30, 2011 are due at the Foundation's office by July 31, 2011. In addition to the mailed packet, the forms are be posted on our web site for download.  Note that group exemption members were notified in September 2009 that there are now late fees (minimum $100) charged to those GE members that do not file their reports by the deadline.  The forms are available for download on our web site.

 This year we have added some “helpful hints” to the report packet to make it easier for you to decide what kind of transactions go on each line of the report.  Click here to view the document or paste http://www.masonicangelfund.org/downloads/FinancialReturnHelpfulHints-122010.pdf into your browser.

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 / www.laptopsforkidZ.org