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 and those with food and housing insecurities.
Masonic Village at Dallas residents assemble 1,900 items to hand-deliver care packages for Meadows Nursing Home
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 $7,028 to support its mission. They also contributed donations to Toys for Tots and Pyramid Healthcare and provided lunch to Habitat for Humanity volunteers. For the holidays, residents assembled 1,900 items and hand-delivered care packages for Meadows Nursing Home and provided holiday cookies to Dallas Township First Responders.
Masonic Village at Sewickley Woodworking Group make a donation to the Shriners Hospitals for Children
A dozen members of Masonic Village at Sewickley’s PLARN (plastic yarn) group knit plastic mats for the New Life Community Church in Pittsburgh, which donates them to homeless individuals. A group of residents also 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 donated 60 blankets, 17 fleece blankets and 98 quilts in 2021. Residents and other friends of the Masonic Village at Sewickley Woodworking Group partnered with members of the Shrine to make toy trucks throughout the year, sell them and donate the proceeds to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. In total, $1,136 was donated in 2021.
Through the sales of handmade floral arrangements, jewelry, blankets, cards, gift bags and much more, the Craft Group at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown raises money to support others. In 2021, they donated proceeds to numerous Masonic and community charities, including $1,000 to Northwest EMS and $1,000 to Friendship Fire & Hose. The Retirement Living Resident’s Association gave $1,000 to Northwest EMS and $1,000 to the Community Cupboard of Elizabethtown. The Masonic Village Piece Maker Quilt group, comprised of 26 women, gave money from their sales to campus groups and $1,000 to Northwest EMS and $500 to ECHOS. They also sent quilts to the Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund.
The Grey Lions of Elizabethtown, Masonic Village’s Penn State alumni interest group, awarded four $1,000 scholarships in 2021 to deserving Penn State students.
Residents of the Bleiler Caring Cottage plant flowers at Cornerstone Youth Center
Residents of the Bleiler Caring Cottage participated in several community service projects, including garden clean up at Community Cupboard of Elizabethtown and planting flowers at Cornerstone Youth Center. Twice a month, they cleaned up trash at the Elizabethtown Train Station and/or Wolgemuth Community Park. For the 11th year, they also participated in Share-A-Card, providing cards for terminally ill individuals across the country. Residents collected donations for Toys for Tots, community food drives and hurricane victims.
Through the Congregation of Sell Chapel’s Community Outreach ministry, members donated $46,621 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, Cornerstone Youth Center, 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.