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Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.

"Angel Mail" Update – August 26, 2015

Back-to-School Edition
 

"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 

743 School Supply Kits Delivered

Masonic Angel Fund chapters on Cape Cod recently delivered 743 Beehive School Tools school supply kits to schools from Wellfleet to Falmouth.  This represents an increase of over 100 kits from 2015.  Cape Cod Today published an excellent article on the Beehive School Tools Program:  http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2015/08/14/225767-Masonic-Angels-distribute-nearly-750-Beehive-School-Tools-kits

 

 

Laptop and Beehive Food Milestones

 

In July the Laptops for KidZ project placed its 1,250th refurbished laptop.  Started in 2010, LFK accepts donated laptops which are refurbished by our team of volunteers.  Laptops receive a fresh Windows license that we receive as a non-profit member of the Microsoft Registered Refurbisher Program.   The average cost for a LFK machine is about $15 for parts, a flash drive and the Windows Citizenship License.

 

The Beehive Food Program delivered its 3,000th food package in August.  Beehive Food provides a monthly supplemental food package for school staff to distribute to families in need.  Beehive has both increased public awareness and has reduced the number of emergency grocery card requests received by participating chapters. 

 

Both Laptops for KidZ and the various Beehive offerings (food, school supplies, winter coats…etc.) are duplicable by most Masonic Angel Fund chapters.  Please contact the Foundation if you’re interested in adding any of these programs to your current Masonic Angel Fund offerings.

 

 

A Sweet Fundraiser

 

The Masonic Angel Funds operated by Universal Lodge (Orleans, MA), Pilgrim Lodge (Harwich, MA) and St. Martin’s Lodge (Chatham, MA) recently tested the “Angel Scoops” fundraiser in partnership with Ben & Jerry’s.  The event raised a total of $1,900.

 

Ben & Jerry’s offers a “fundraising event” where a charitable organization can receive 25% of a participating scoop shop’s gross sales during a specified period of time.  Most organizations simply hand out bulletins to their members to encourage them to attend.

The Masonic Angels decided to create a “happening” that would draw more customers into their partner scoop shop (Ben & Jerry’s of North Eastham, MA).  This was done in the form of a “Vermonster Challenge” between the three Lodges.  Who could eat the 20 scoop Vermonster fastest? 

 

It took only 5 minutes and 20 seconds for the team from Universal Lodge to devour the gigantic sundae. 

 

The event was something of a flash mob.  It began at 7 p.m. and nearly all the participants had gone home by 8 p.m.  In keeping with Freemasonry’s changing demographic in this area, nearly all of the Masonic participants were under the age of 40.

 

This is likely to become a yearly event in the Lower Cape Cod area.  There are about 1,900 reasons to make it so!

 

Cape Cod Today provided their usual excellent coverage:  http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2015/06/30/224951-Angel-Scoops-they-ate-whole-thing

 

 

Reminder on IRS 990N filings

 

If yours is a non-Massachusetts chapter that belongs to the group exemption, remember to file your electronic 990N postcard form with the IRS right away.  This is necessary for you to retain your 501(c)(3) status as a subordinate chapter of the national Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.

 

Massachusetts chapters’ data accrues to the Foundation’s 990 filings, so they don’t have to worry about filing a 990N.

 

 

Benevolence Stories 


Below is a sampling of recent benevolences, harvested from some Massachusetts chapters’ data we’re working with this week.

 

We try to showcase benevolences 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 strongly supported by the generosity of The Lodge of St. Andrew’s “benevolence builder” grant program.

 

As the economy improves (ever so little!) it is pleasing to see our chapters starting to advance from “basics” back to some of the educational enhancements many of us liked to do prior to the 2008 “Great Recession”

Artisan (Winchendon, MA) – Paid summer program fees for 50 children

 

Bristol (North Attleboro, MA) – Laptops for KidZ computers for 10 children

 

Celestial (Dedham/Westwood, MA) – Laptops for KidZ for 3 children

 

Charlton (Charlton, MA) - $3,000 in summer camperships and program fees for multiple children

 

Daniel Webster (Marshfield, MA) – Laptops for KidZ computers for 6 children

 

Marine (Falmouth, MA) – After school tuition and summer program fees for multiple kids, tuition to Cape Cod Challenger Club, Beehive School Tools packages for 33 kids

 

Mariners (Cotuit/Barnstable, MA) – Beehive School Tools supply kits for 150 children, multiple Beehive Food packages

 

Mount Hollis (Holliston, MA) – Laptops for KidZ computers for 5 children.

 

Mount Carmel-Damascus (Lynn, MA) – Summer program fees for multiple children, field trip fees for multiple children, YMCA program fees for four boys whose father recently died

 

Mount Hope (Somerset, MA) – Tuition assistance for diabetic child to attend special camp,

 

Pacific (Amherst) – Summer program fees for multiple children

Paul Revere (Brockton, MA) – Ten Laptops for KidZ computers

 

Pythagorean (Marion, MA) – Clothing and supplies for a medically fragile child.  Camperships and summer program fees for multiple children.

 

Rising Star (Stoughton, MA) – Laptops for KidZ for 12 students

 

St. Alban’s (Foxboro, MA) – 25 Laptops for KidZ computers, driver education tuition assistance for one student, $1,500 in summer program fees covering multiple children

 

St. Martin’s (Chatham, MA) – Beehive Food packages for multiple families, Beehive School Tools kits for 27 children, campership for one child

 

Tahattawan (Littleton, MA) – School supplies, clothing, shoes and groceries for two children removed from their families by Department of Children & Families, clothing and personal items for a boy in distress, therapeutic horseback riding lessons for a fifth grade girl, yearbook fees for graduating seniors who could not afford them, clothing and personal items for a girl in distress

 

Thomas Talbot (Billerica, MA) – Field trip fees for financially disadvantaged kids

 

Universal (Orleans, MA) – Beehive Food packages for multiple families, dozens of Laptops for KidZ devices, Beehive School Tools kits for 326 children.

 

Howard/Yarmouth (Yarmouth, MA) – Beehive School Tools packages for 150 children, bunk beds for two kids in an emergency custody situation

 

Wellesley (Wellesley, MA) – Eyeglasses and exam for one child, emergency assistance for fire victim family

Winslow Lewis/Adams (Wellfleet, MA) – Beehive Food Packages, Laptops for KidZ, tuition assistance for child to attend camp for diabetic children, school supply kits for 15 children

 

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


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