Masonic Villages works with other organizations to help fulfill needs in the community, some of which also benefit our residents. We partner with local schools for mutually beneficial intergenerational programming among senior residents and youth at all our locations.
We open our facilities for use by other organizations to assist in fulfilling their missions, whether it’s a charity run, conference or educational opportunity. AARP held Driver Safety Courses in Sewickley and Lafayette Hill, which were open to the local community. Masonic Village at Lafayette hosted a blood drive and free health fair for the public. Elizabethtown hosted several 5K runs and walks on its 1,400-acre campus.
In partnership with Elizabethtown Community Housing and Outreach Services (ECHOS), which runs a winter shelter at St. Paul’s Methodist Church for those with emergency living needs, Masonic Village’s environmental services department washed 2,465 pounds of sheets, blankets, comforters and towels free of charge, donating staff time valued at approximately $1,429.
The Greater Elizabethtown Area Recreation & Community Services (GEARS) hosts fitness classes at our Elizabethtown campus, and 2,703 people from the local community participated in 2018. Masonic Village donated approximately $39,065 worth of space for these programs. There is no charge to GEARS, thanks to a mutually beneficial agreement.
Masonic Village ’s food services departments in Lafayette Hill and Elizabethtown hosted interns from Job Corps and Lancaster Career and Technology Center, respectively, and provided feedback on the programs so students and instructors are aware of industry standards that have changed to ensure they’re producing a qualified workforce.
In a partnership with Elizabethtown College that benefits students and Masonic Village at Elizabethtown residents, biology students have the opportunity to earn a 40-hour CNA certification, which includes classwork, direct interaction with residents and a competency test. Masonic Village at Sewickley established a partnership with Beaver County Career and Technology Center (BCCTC) in 2018, which allowed 30 students to gain nurse aide clinical experience. Following the completion of their certification, 14 accepted employment offers at Masonic Village.