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, homeless people, 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. Residents in Dallas made blankets and a monetary donation toward the Women with Children program at Misericordia University.
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. Through Operation Christmas Child, residents contributed 190 shoe boxes full of toys and supplies for kids in need across the world and $1,310 for shipping costs. Over the past 12 years, they’ve packed 2,184 boxes and donated $13,928.
The Grey Lions of Elizabethtown, Masonic Village’s Penn State alumni interest group, awarded four $1,000 scholarships in 2019 to deserving Penn State students: Andrew Bernard, Simon Munyan, David Carlson and Taylor Brosius.
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 Care, Naaman Center, the Christmas Shop, the Community Cupboard of Elizabethtown, the 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.
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.