It Takes a Village 

The Masonic Villages proudly provided $33.4 million of charitable care and services across Pennsylvania in 2019. This amount consists of approximately $10.4 million (at cost) of free care and services and $23 million (at cost) for care and services above the amount reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid and other third party payers.  Between awarding scholarships to teen volunteers, donating to local emergency service providers, hosting interns and inviting community groups to use our facilities free of charge, we also gave back more than $485,705 to the Dallas, Elizabethtown, Lafayette Hill, Sewickley and Warminster communities in 2019.

2019 Community Report

As a not-for-profit organization, and as part of our Mission of Love, Masonic Villages extends services to surrounding communities, filling the needs of individuals of all ages. Efforts focused on enhancing local businesses and nonprofits, supporting economic development, enriching students, engaging children, assisting those in need and encouraging residents’ participation.

Partnerships

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, including Mount Calvary Christian School , Prodigy Learning Center, Miquon School and Ridge Park Elementary School, for mutually beneficial intergenerational programming among senior residents and youth at all our locations.

LeadingAge PA luncheon

(L-R): Norris Benns, PA Health & Wellness; Georgia Goodman, LeadingAge PA; Anne Yanikov, PA Health & Wellness; Kelly Weaver, executive director, Masonic Village at Warminster; and Jay Pagni, PA Health & Wellness

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, which were open to the local community. Masonic Village at Lafayette hosted a public blood drive, and Elizabethtown hosted Cornerstone Youth Center’s Cornerstone 5kKnock Out Parkinson’s Disease 5k and Elizabethtown Rotary Mother’s Day 5k on its 1,400-acre campus. To assist legislators and their staff in understanding Community HealthChoices and related resources, LeadingAge PA collaborated with Pennsylvania Health and Wellness to hold a lunch and learn at Masonic Village at Warminster.

The Greater Elizabethtown Area Recreation & Community Services (GEARS) hosts fitness classes at our Elizabethtown campus, and 2,375 people from the local community participated in 2019. Masonic Village donated approximately $36,984 worth of space for these programs. There is no charge to GEARS, thanks to a mutually beneficial agreement.

Masonic Village at Elizabethtown offers its facilities free of charge for the Elizabethtown Area High School prom, swim team practice and other district events. In 2019, Donegal High School’s prom was also hosted free of charge.

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 3,440 pounds of sheets, blankets, comforters and towels free of charge, donating staff time valued at approximately $1,995.

“We’d like to express our gratitude to Masonic Villages for providing laundry services to the Winter Shelter this past season. Volunteers would drop off sheets, blankets, comforters and towels to be cleaned each week and return with fresh laundry. Your partnership in support of our community is outstanding!”  

Elizabethtown Community Housing and Outreach Services (ECHOS)

Business & Economic Support

PPL check presentation

L-R: Patrick Sampsell, chief environmental and facilities officer, Masonic Villages; Mike Katzenmoyer, director of facilities and grounds, Masonic Village at Elizabethtown; Jodi Hoffman, PPL key account manager; and Joe Walter, PPL account manager

As a not-for-profit organization, Masonic Villages is not required to pay real estate taxes; however, we value municipalities’ services and understand their plights, as costs impact local taxes. Through Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreements signed in Dallas, Elizabethtown, Lafayette Hill and Sewickley, we paid $2,201,442 to local boroughs, townships, counties and school districts in 2019.

Supporting the local economy is also a priority. Through contracts with 371 businesses in the Dallas, Elizabethtown, Lafayette Hill and Sewickley areas, Masonic Villages generated expenditures of $4,832,593.

For the past 13 years, Masonic Villages has been implementing a comprehensive sustainability plan, including renewable energy projects, energy auditing and more than 80 individual efficiency projects. Eco-friendly operations and initiatives are an important investment in our community’s and planet’s future, whether it’srestoring a portion of the Conoy Creekexpandingsolar power orprotecting soil and water resources while operating a beef cattle and farm enterprise. 

Masonic Village at Elizabethtown’s solar panel array is paying off in more ways than one. Not only does it reduce energy costs by $250,000 year, it earned Masonic Villages a $151,242 rebate in 2019 from PPL Electric Utilities, which through Act 129, pays companies that find ways to cut back on electricity usage. 

Donations

Masonic Villages seeks ways to support other charitable groups whenever possible. We contributed more than $28,450 to fire and EMS companies, three libraries and other causes. Other efforts include:

Shena Jones, a scholarship recipient, volunteered in Masonic Village at Sewickley’s Sturgeon Health Care Center escorting residents to church services and other programs, painting residents’ nails and spending time with them. She will attend the Community College of Allegheny County in the fall.  

“I heard about the scholarships, so I decided to volunteer. I just really enjoyed the people who work there and the residents,” Shena said. The experience got me more interested in helping people. Talking with the residents and learning about them made me want to pursue a career in nursing. I wasn’t even concerned with getting my 100 hours. I just enjoyed working with everyone in nursing and recreation.

Educational Opportunities

Students from La Salle University complete their clinical experience at Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill

Education is the basis for success, and Masonic Villages is proud to help young students build strong foundations for  bright futures. Working with local schools and universities, we welcome students seeking internships and job shadow experiences.

In 2019, across the state, interns joined us in the public relations, marketing and maintenance departments and at the Masonic Village Farm. In clinical settings, including the Adult Daily Living Center and Baird Wellness Center, and in the nutrition services, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, music therapy, therapeutic recreation, food services, social services, hospice, environmental services and health care administration departments, staff supervised 270 students for more than 6,543 hours – time valued at approximately $41,731*.

Included in the values above, students from University of Sciences, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Penn State York, Lancaster Career and Technology Center, Drexel University, La Salle University, Prism Career Institute, Successful Aging Career Institute, Beaver County Career and Technology Center, Pittsburgh Technical College and Community College of Beaver County completed public health clinicals with Masonic Villages. For several years, Masonic Village at Elizabethtown has teamed up with Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 to offer students internships and real world job experiences in environmental services. We hosted 32 students from here, as well as two from the Vista School, in 2019.

In a partnership with Elizabethtown College, biology students have the opportunity to earn a 40-hour CNA certification, which includes classwork, direct interaction with residents and a competency test.

Sixteen Plymouth Whitemarsh High School Life Skills students worked with Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill’s food services and environmental services departments at the start of the fall school semester.

Masonic Village’s food services departments in Lafayette Hill and Elizabethtown hosted students from Philabundance, Job Corps and Lancaster Career and Technology Center 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.

As part of a Job Shadow Day on Oct. 18, Masonic Village at Elizabethtown hosted 43 Elizabethtown Area High School students interested in learning about careers at Masonic Village, including nursing, pharmacy, cosmetology, culinary, physical and occupational therapy, security, finance, social services and others. Staff volunteered to help with the high school’s mock interviews as part of its Pathways Program

*Based on national community benefits reporting standards, 20% of staff time overseeing students in a clinical setting may be quantified as a community benefit.

Over the summer, Masonic Village at Dallas’ marketing office hosted intern Jordyn Pavelitz, a student at Misericordia University working toward a degree in healthcare management with a minor in gerontology. Jordyn had an interest in marketing and took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the field.   

 I gained valuable knowledge and immense insight. It was a wonderful learning experience that exceeded my expectations. I worked with Joy [Hubshman, director of sales and marketing], who was very kind and approachable. I was given the opportunity to work on different projects/assignments which gave me an understanding of the health care and business industry. This internship provided me with the opportunity to enhance my people skills, increase my confidence and improve my networking skills. I am grateful to Masonic Village for helping me build upon my skills and education. It is a wonderful place with a tranquil atmosphere and compassionate care. Without hesitation, I would definitely recommend Masonic Village to anyone looking for employment, an internship or a wonderful place to live.”

For the fifth year, Masonic Village collaborated with the physical therapy department at Misericordia University on a Balance & Fall Prevention Program. The residents work one-on-one with graduate students each week, completing an initial assessment, exercising weekly and then completing a final assessment at the end of the program. Students gain real world experience, and residents have seen the health benefits in balance and strength, as well as reducing their fear of falling.

Outreach

Residents of the Masonic Children's Home on the first day of school

Residents of the Masonic Children’s Home on the first day of school

Funded through generous contributions, the Masonic Children’s Home in Elizabethtown does not charge individuals, organizations, or the state or federal government for its services. It provides a home for up to 40 youth who are being raised by aging grandparents or who come from various social or economic environments which do not provide necessary security and support. Children do not need to have a Masonic affiliation in their family to be eligible for services. In 2019, the Elizabethtown Area School District received $391,852  through reciprocity agreements with the school districts from which the children come to us.

In 2019, $18,500 in pre-kindergarten scholarships were awarded to income-qualified families, thanks to Masonic Villages’ participation in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program and donations from local businesses. Donors included BB&T, Avalon Insurance Company, John Gross Co. Inc and PNC Bank. The scholarships supported families attending the Masonic Village child care centers in Elizabethtown and Sewickley and St. Joseph’s Creative Beginnings Center. Due to U-GRO Learning Centres taking over management of the Masonic Village child care center in Elizabethtown in June 2018, EITC kindergarten scholarships ended with the 2018-2019 school year, and the pre-kindergarten scholarship money was carried over from 2018 into 2019. 

Masonic Village’s Outreach Program distributed $12,290 in home assistance support to six individuals and families. The program also operates a Durable Medical Loan Equipment Closet, which provides equipment to families on a short-term basis without cost. We supplied wheelchairs, walkers, canes, shower chairs and other equipment to 13 individuals in 2019.  

Community members at any stage of life can find assistance at Masonic Villages. Last year, in Elizabethtown, an average of 15 individuals, including community members and Masonic Village residents, participated in the monthly Dementia Caregiver Support & Education Group. An average of 16 individuals per month attended meetings of the Bereavement Support Group at Masonic Village. Meetings are also held in Mount Joy and Lancaster, where an average of five individuals attended monthly in 2019. Masonic Village contributed approximately $4,160, including 100 hours of staff time, materials and classroom space, toward these support groups.

After the passing of Billie Jane Bailey’s significant other, Jim, her family doctor recommended she attend some form of therapy to help her work though her grief. She saw a notice in the Elizabethtown/Mount Joy Merchandiser newspaper for a bereavement support group through Masonic Village Hospice. The format of the group varies, sometimes featuring a guest speaker, a session on music therapy or open time to talk with others. At Billie Jane’s first meeting, Heidi Young, hospice bereavement coordinator, encouraged her to write down some of Jim’s likes and dislikes.

“I couldn’t do it the first time I was there,” Billie Jane said. “By the second meeting I was ready. I had no idea they had groups like this out there. I didn’t feel I needed one-on-one counseling. I just needed to be able to talk with people. I’ve connected with others. It’s been good for me. Heidi has been really good with the group. She makes everybody feel welcome to open up and talk. She asks questions and reads poems.   

 “It really helps being around others going through the same thing as you. People say they know how you feel, but they don’t know until they go through it. Everyone’s situation and how you feel is different.” 

Resident Contributions

Bleiler residents

Residents of Bleiler Caring Cottage with members of the Elizabethtown Borough police department

Many Masonic Villages residents are active in the community. Last year, residents contributed to service projects that benefited children, students, older adults, emergency service providers, the homeless, those with food insecurities and international humanitarian efforts.

Residents of the Bleiler Caring Cottage participated in bi-monthly community services projects, including hosting a breakfast for the Elizabethtown Borough police department and baking cookies for Northwest EMS.

The Woodworking Club at the Masonic Village at Sewickley crafted wooden toys and raised money for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Residents in Sewickley also volunteered hours of their time sorting and folding clothing donations at World Vision. Masonic Village at Dallas residents participated in an Adopt a Road project to help clean up nearby Country Club Road and volunteered at the Back Mountain Food Pantry, along with donating nonperishable goods and $1,457 to support its mission. In Lafayette Hill, residents donated puzzles and books to Fox Chase Cancer Center and clothing and other miscellaneous items to Whosoever Gospel Mission, the Salvation Army and the National Federation for the Blind

Residents in Sewickley knit blankets, robes and hats for Project Linus, a national nonprofit organization which donates blankets to children in hospitals, including the Shriners Hospitals for Children; shelters; social service agencies; or anywhere a need arises. They knitted and donated 70 blankets and 21 quilts in 2019.

Since 2017, Masonic Village at Elizabethtown’s Loving Loomers have hand-made 2,764 hats for hospitals, churches, schools and cancer treatment centers. They’ve shared their love everywhere from ECHOS in Elizabethtown to Nigerian villages. Craft Group members meet to share more than just their love of crafting. Through the sales of handmade floral arrangements, jewelry, blankets, cards, gift bags and much more, they also raise money to support others. In 2019, they donated proceeds to numerous Masonic and community charities, including $4,000 to Northwest EMS and Friendship Fire & Hose. ThroughOperation Christmas Child, residents contributed 190 shoe boxes full of toys and supplies for kids in need across the world and $1,310 for shipping costsOver the past 12 years, they’ve packed 2,184 boxes and donated $13,928.

Through the Congregation of Sell Chapel’s Community Outreach ministry, in 2019, members donated $38,554 in offerings toward Elizabethtown Community Housing and Outreach Services (ECHOS),The Children’s Playroom of Lancaster, Hope Within, Communities That CareNaaman Center, the Christmas Shopthe Community Cupboard of Elizabethtownthe CROP Walk and the Emergency Fund which has helped during floods and tornadoes. Members of the congregation volunteered with ECHOS and the winter shelter, the Children’s Playroom and other programs in Lancaster County 

Bakers and MaryMary Pangburn, a Quaker Valley High School student and granddaughter of Masonic Village at Sewickley resident Agnes Pangburn, found a way to complete a school project and spend extra time with her grandmother. As part of her sophomore school project, Mary recruited 12 bakers (11 residents and one staff member), dubbed the “MVS Bakers,” to make muffins weekly for The Ladle, a soup kitchen and food pantry at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ambridge. Each week, Mary dropped off ingredients at Masonic Village for residents to make a unique muffin recipe and picked up the prepared muffins. The project lasted from November through mid-January.  

“I always enjoyed spending time with my grandmother,” Mary said. “I wanted to work with the residents at Masonic and get them involved with helping others, especially those in need.” 

A dozen members of Masonic Village at Sewickley’s PLARN (plastic yarn) group meet weekly to knit plastic mats for the New Life Community Church in Pittsburgh which donates them to homeless individuals.

Community Benefits Financial Summary

In 2019, Masonic Villages provided $33.4 million of charitable care and services across the state, thanks to those who believe in and have donated toward our mission. This amount consists of approximately $10.4 million (at cost) of free care and services and $23 million (at cost) for care and services above the amount reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid and other third party payers.

Masonic Villages also supports the community where and when a need arises. As detailed above, between awarding scholarships to teen volunteers, donating to local emergency service providers, hosting interns and inviting community groups to use our facilities free of charge, we gave back more than $485,705 in support and services to the Dallas, Elizabethtown, Lafayette Hill, Sewickley and Warminster communities in 2019.

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