Masonic Angel Fund News
Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc. - "Angel Mail" Update
– June 21, 2013
School’s Out Edition
Benevolence Builders Conclude
The St. Andrew Benevolence Builder grant series has concluded. Our profound thanks go to The Lodge of St. Andrew for their continuing support of Masonic Angel Fund chapters in Massachusetts. The Benevolence Builder program helps new chapters to get started and established chapters to grow.
The BBG program is unique among most charities in that it reimburses chapters for benevolences they have given out. Most traditional charity grant programs would reward a chapter for raising money but set no bar for providing actual charitable assistance. In MAF we want our chapters to spend their money helping children. A plentiful bank account helps no one if the funds just sit there.
Semi-Annual Reports for the Spring Semester Due July 31st
Semi-annual report packets were mailed out in mid-May. The reports are exactly the same as they were last semester. Please remember that the reports for January 1, 2013 to June 30, 2013 are due at the Foundation's office by July 31, 2013. In addition to the mailed packet, the forms are 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 members that do not file their reports by the deadline.
The forms are also available for download on our web site.
If you received anything confusing in your packet please email firstname.lastname@example.org. An elderly volunteer may have mis-stuffed a few envelopes, so if you don’t think you received what you need please let us know.
The back of the cover letter includes some “helpful hints” 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.
Laptops for KidZ is Reaching for #600
Our Laptops for KidZ Project just celebrated its third anniversary. As of June 21, 2013 we have placed 584 refurbished computers with schools across Massachusetts. We anticipate our 600th placement within the next few weeks.
Of the 302 machines placed in the past twelve months, 124 were donated by the Overlook Visiting Nurse Association/Masonic Health System. OVNA upgraded their workers to tablets this year and donated the Panasonic Toughbook’s that were previously used by patient service professionals.
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 or Windows 7 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.)
None of this good work would be possible without the devoted service of Laptops for KidZ volunteer Ben Richardson of Mount Horeb Lodge in Dennis, MA. Ben has dedicated most of his garage and a good portion of his home to Laptops for KidZ refurbishing. His skill at finding life in the most “hopeless” computers is legend among the LFK team.
Ben has also found excellent uses for machines that are not suitable for refurbishing, including the placement of many ancient-but-usable machines with the local Ham radio club – a club that works with schools across Cape Cod to teach middle and high school kids about radio. One middle school has even offered an amateur radio license course for 8th graders under the auspices of the radio club.
Since its inception, Laptops for KidZ has been the subject of dozens of feature stories published by capecodtoday.com , a regional news site here on Cape Cod. This type of publicity has not only stimulated more computer donations, it has sparked many men’s interest in exploring Freemasonry. Visit www.capecodtoday.com and do a site search for “Laptops for KidZ” to see examples of the wonderful stories they have published.
If your MAF chapter is a member of the group exemption and would like to participate in Laptops for KidZ please contact email@example.com The Laptops for KidZ brochure may be accessed on the Downloads page of www.masonicangelfund.org
1,000 Beehive Food Packages
Within the next two weeks the Beehive Food Program will have placed its 1,000th “Beehive Food Package”.
Beehive is a “food pantry” program designed to provide monthly supplemental food packages to families that might not qualify for traditional food assistance programs but don’t make enough money to buy all the food they need. We now serve 88 families a month during the school year. MAF leverages its food dollars by purchasing items at Dollar Tree stores and providing a package that consists of ten items per month.
Beehive was devised to operate in a way that won’t compete with or harm other community food pantry programs. We purchase all of our food. Beehive doesn’t accept random food donations nor do we accept state or federal food distributions. Rather, we receive funding from grants and generous individuals then leverage those funds to get the most servings for our dollar.
We are eager to offer the Beehive Food Program to subordinate Masonic Angel Fund chapters. Please contact us for information on how you can operate your own Beehive Food Program at your MAF chapter.
Many of our chapters are spending a lot of money on grocery cards. Beehive affords us an excellent way to leverage our food dollars. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-255-8812 if you’d like to talk about this new program.
H.L. Palmer MAF Serves Milwaukee’s Homeless
The Henry L. Palmer Masonic Angel Fund assists homeless children served by the Milwaukee Public School system. According to trustee Lee Wackman, last year their chapter’s benevolences included:
· Sent 200 kids to summer camp
· Supplied an AED to a school
· Clothing for kids who lost everything in a home fire
· 251 winter coats to keep the little guys warm this winter
· 3,000 hygiene kits to various organizations
· School supplies to 137 children
· 100 assorted knitted hats
· Sponsored Pizza with Santa Party for 70 kids
· Stuffed Christmas stockings for the Ronald McDonald House
· Assorted Christmas decorations to a family
· Memorial grave stone donated to a grandmother who’s 8 month old granddaughter had passed
· Food to help feed 175 families for Thanksgiving Dinner
The chapter’s goal for 2013 is to double their prior year’s work.
Eau Claire MAF Honored
The link below leads to a story about our Masonic Angel Fund chapter in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Bill Arnsdorf was recently honored with Eau Claire’s “Jefferson Award” for outstanding volunteerism. The story includes a video segment that was done by local TV station WQOW which ran daily for a month.
Bill’s talking points were right on target. You can see the emotion in him as he tells stories about kids getting shoes that allow them to walk properly and clothing that fits.
We are very proud of Bill Arnsdorf and his Brothers in Eau Claire. Congratulations!
Below is a sampling of recent benevolences. We tried to chose these both for their diversity as well as to give newer MAF trustees some anecdotal accounts of what other chapters are doing for the children they serve. Once again this season the work of our Massachusetts chapters was supported by the steadfast generosity of The Lodge of St. Andrew’s “benevolence builder” grant program.
Celestial MAF (Dedham/Westwood, MA) – Grocery cards, 36 Laptops for KidZ during this school year, program fees for two middle school students to attend an entrepreneurship educational program
Charlton MAF (Charlton, MA) – Camperships for 14 children, after school tuition assistance for 10 families,
Excelsior MAF (Franklin, MA) – Grocery and Wal-Mart cards for a family in distress.
Marine MAF (Falmouth, MA) – Eye exams/glasses for two children, transportation assistance for a military family with a seriously ill child, 17 Laptops for KidZ
Mariners MAF (Cotuit, MA) – Gas cards for a family whose daughter has a brain tumor/burned cornea, advanced treatment for family infested by resistant head lice, summer program fees for six children, 10 Beehive Food families, 40 Laptops for KidZ. Mariners MAF’s work was recently recognized in this story by Cape Cod Today: http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2013/06/06/19683-masonic-angels-step-kids-hyannis
Mount Carmel MAF (Lynn, MA) – Clothing for a family in distress, program fees for multiple children.
Mount Hope MAF (Somerset, MA) – Little League fees for one boy, after school tuition for one child, school uniforms for one child, emergency assistance for a family burned out of their home.
Mystic Valley MAF (Arlington, MA) – Summer program fees for multiple children.
Pacific MAF (Amherst, MA) – Summer program fees for multiple children
Pythagorean MAF (Marion, MA) – Summer program fees for multiple elementary and junior high school students.
Siloam MAF (Westborough, MA) – Tuition assistance to diabetic education summer camp, summer program fees for multiple children, running shoes, driver education tuition assistance.
St. Alban’s MAF (Foxboro, MA) – Summer program fees for multiple children served by the Foxboro Recreation Department.
St. Martin’s MAF (Chatham, MA) – 13 Laptops for KidZ and 3 families for Beehive Food
Tahattawan MAF (Littleton, MA) – Program fees for multiple children, clothing for a 13 year old girl, eye exam/glasses for a 13 year old girl.
Universal MAF (Orleans, MA) – 147 Laptops for KidZ placed during this school year, over 900 Beehive Food Packages, numerous benevolences for food, clothing, dental care and eyeglasses, bus pass for student in special night school program,
Wellesley MAF (Wellesley, MA) – Eye exam/glasses for a middle school student, food assistance for military families,
Winslow Lewis-Adams MAF (Wellfleet, MA) – Beehive Food for seven families, assistance with tuition to Barton Family Camp diabetes education program,
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 email@example.com and we will pass them along to your colleagues.
Regards to all,
Robert W. Fellows, Co-Founder/Board President
Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.
www.masonicangelfund.org / www.laptopsforkidZ.org / www.beehivefood.org