Local Businesses & Organizations
Although a not-for-profit, Masonic Village supports other charitable groups including a $5,000 annual donation to Sewickley Public Library and monthly contributions to Goodwill, AMVETS and Red, White & Blue Thrift Stores. We welcome the use of our facilities, either free of charge or for minimal costs, by local organizations, including West Hills Art League and LeadingAge PA. AARP hosted two Driver Safety Courses on campus which were open to the local community.
As a tax exempt organization, Masonic Village voluntarily signed a Payment in Lieu of Taxes agreement with local municipalities through which we make annual payments. In 2016, we paid $425,711 to Quaker Valley School District, $219,597 to Aleppo Township and $138,646 to Allegheny County.
At our third annual Community Festival and Open House on Sept. 17, more than 1,000 people visited our campus for kids’ activities, food entertainment, and local businesses and emergency service providers. Proceeds from food sales benefited the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Pittsburgh. Thanks to everyone who attended, we were able to give the hospital $1,500. Join us for this year’s event on Saturday, Oct. 7.
Through contracts with 63 businesses in the Sewickley and Coraopolis areas, Masonic Village generated expenditures of $632,221, positively impacting the local economy.
Collectively, Masonic Villages’ five locations contributed $120,180 to the Raising a Reader program, which provides books, materials, parent training, engagement support and library connections to empower children to read, learn and succeed.
The Woodworking Club crafted 740 wooden toys for patients at the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Erie facility. Children can engage their creativity and decorate the toys. This project has been ongoing for several years.
Six residents volunteer monthly with World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization.
Residents participate in Project Linus, a group which donates handmade blankets, quilts and newborn hats to local hospitals, shelters and social services agencies. In 2016, they donated 200 blankets; they have given more than 2,400 blankets since 2004.
Quaker Valley School District
Masonic Village offers three $2,500 scholarships, renewable for up to three years (a total of $20,000 was awarded in 2016), to graduating seniors of Quaker Valley High School who have volunteered at least 100 hours at Masonic Village. Students and others interested in volunteering are encouraged to call 412-741-1400, ext. 3200, or email us to find out about opportunities to assist residents, learn about the health care service field and build meaningful friendships.
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While in high school, Sabine Gross volunteered with the recreation department delivering mail, transporting residents to and from events, running activities, posting schedules and helping with other miscellaneous tasks. She is currently a freshman at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music where she is pursuing a degree in violin performance and East Asian studies.
“I loved getting to know the residents, hearing stories of their adventures and occasionally playing violin for them. Volunteering at Masonic Village was a great way to be involved with my community and make a difference. I’m truly grateful for my wonderful experiences with both the recreation department and the residents.”
To see first-hand the various functions of a not-for-profit health care organization, a recreational therapy intern spent 130 hours in the Sturgeon Health Care Center in 2016. Two interns spent a total of 1,000 hours studying and observing resident music therapy sessions alongside our board-certified music therapist.
Staff contributed time worth approximately $6,454 toward educating students in clinical settings (based on national community benefits reporting standards, 20 percent of staff time may be quantified as a community benefit).
Child Care Center
The Masonic Village Child Care Center, managed by Hildebrandt Learning Centers, provides high quality child care services for 84 children, ages 6 weeks through pre-kindergarten. It also offers a summer camp for 24 school-aged children. Approximately 80 percent of the children come from the community and 20 percent are related to Masonic Village staff.
In 2016, $6,560 in scholarships were awarded to income-qualified families, thanks to Masonic Village’s participation in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program and donations from local businesses.