Community Report 2016

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Masonic Village at Dallas

Masonic Village at Dallas is proud to serve our residents and individuals throughout the Dallas Township, Luzerne County and surrounding communities. As a not-for-profit organization, regardless of our tax-exempt status, we will contribute more than $504,508 over the next 14 years to the Dallas Area School District, Dallas Township and Luzerne County through a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreement signed in 2012.

Also through this agreement, we make our meeting facilities available for use by staff from the school district, township and county.



Masonic Village coordinated programs which were open to the public including educational seminars, a flu vaccination clinic and and Tai Chi for Arthritis® classes in 2016.

Working with local schools and universities, Masonic Village welcomes students seeking internships and job shadow experiences. Since 2015, Masonic Village has partnered with Misericordia University on a Fall Prevention Program with the Physical Therapy Department.  During the semester, students educated residents on exercise and reducing risk of falls while providing various screenings.

Christine Reed intern Marketing Department

“I was able to really bring what I learned in class to the forefront. I had the chance to work on some amazing projects, and I was even somehow able to incorporate my culinary background into blog posts because most of the spots were food related. I want to thank Joy [Hubshman, director of sales and marketing] and Masonic Villages for allowing me do my summer internship with the organization.”

Crissy Reed, student at Luzerne County Community College, who interned with Masonic Village’s marketing department

Economic Support and Donations

Through contracts with 80 businesses in the local economy, Masonic Village generated expenditures of $524,429 in 2016.

We financially support other charitable groups, including the Meadows Nursing Center Auxiliary, Back Mountain Regional Fire & EMS, Dallas Rotary ClubDallas High SchoolCommunity Cares for Kids and the Luzerne Foundation.

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.

Resident Efforts

Five residents volunteered their time to help restore a cupola which once stood atop the former Dallas Township School which was torn down in 2014, and the cupola was saved in tribute to the many students who passed through its halls.

“Being a lover of local history, I was heartbroken when the school district decided to raze the building,” Elizabeth Martin, Dallas Township Supervisor, said. “Through conversations with residents and other officials, the idea came up to try and salvage the cupola as both a memorial to the school and the Township.”

Dallas High School technology education teacher Mark Golden and a group of students facilitated the structure’s restoration, but more assistance was needed. Martin put out a call for a Cupola Community Help Day last summer, and Masonic Village residents responded.

“All in all, the gentlemen made a great team!” Martin said. “We really appreciate their time and efforts.”

The cupola is located near the baseball and softball fields on Church Street in Dallas. There are tentative plans for landscaping and further beautification. Martin and Golden share a common goal to have the restoration completed by 2017, which marks the township’s bicentennial.

Residents participated in an Adopt a Road project to help clean up Country Club Road, which runs parallel to the Masonic Village campus. They collected 17 bags of trash (including some golf balls from Irem Country Club golf course).

Residents contributed to community service projects, including their fifth year supporting the Trinity Presbyterian Church’s Backpack Project to benefit the Child Development Center. The program gives children a backpack full of food to take home for the weekend and provides gifts during the holiday season, such as warm clothing. Additionally, residents volunteered to help with Meals on Wheels, deliver baked goods weekly to a local soup kitchen and assist at a local food pantry and halfway house to help women get back on their feet.

Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill

Masonic Village has called Lafayette Hill home since 1976 (after moving from Philadelphia, where it was founded in 1871). Our services have changed as the community and world around us has evolved, but our Mission of Love has always, and will always, help individuals of all ages realize their potential and enjoy a high quality of life.

Local Organizations

Through contracts with 33 businesses in the Lafayette Hill, Conshohocken and Plymouth Meeting areas, Masonic Village generated expenditures of $398,752 in the local economy.

A free health fair on Sept. 23 was open to the Lafayette Hill community and featured wellness information, screenings, an exercise and healthy cooking demonstration and door prizes. We also welcomed visitors for an AARP Smart Driver Training in May.

Masonic Village serves as a polling precinct and invited the community to an American Red Cross blood drive in August. An annual bazaar in October was open to the public, with proceeds supporting Masonic Village resident activities and programs.

We were was pleased to offer the use of its facilities, either free of charge or for minimal costs, to the following organizations: Red Cross of Constantine; various Masonic lodges; Tall Cedars; Chestnut Hill High Twelve Club; the Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania, Order of the Eastern Star; and the Sons of the American Revolution. 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.

Resident Contributions

Project Linus

Residents gather weekly to knit blankets, robes and hats for the Montgomery County Chapter of 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. Led by resident Barbara Shields, they knitted and donated 25 blankets in 2016.

In 2016, Masonic Village residents donated books to the Fox Chase Cancer Center and clothing and other miscellaneous items to Whosoever Gospel Mission, Impact Thrift Stores and the Salvation Army.

Several Masonic Village residents volunteer with other nonprofits in the local community including the Melody Makers at local skilled nursing communities, the Flourtown Fire Company, Keystone Hospice, Philadelphia Bible Society, Meals on Wheels, on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Christian Endeavor and Board of Trustees for the Mainline Reform Temple, and with the Telephone Pioneers of America collecting items to fill back packs for kids whose parents can’t afford school supplies.


Through Philadelphia Youth Network/WorkReady, a student spent 120 hours with the recreation department, learning the functions of the profession and implementing programs.

The food services department hosted four interns from Job Corps and spent more than 960 hours training the students and preparing them to find jobs. Masonic Village is also instrumental in providing feedback on Job Corps’ program, so students and instructors in the trade are aware of changing industry standards.

    • Twenty-seven students from Temple University and 30 from Lincoln Tech completed public health clinicals with Masonic Village, working with residents in the personal care and nursing care areas and the wellness center. Students from Temple hosted educational sessions for residents on various health topics. This collaboration enhances the students’ learning experience while providing valuable information to Masonic Village residents.
    • One Plymouth Whitemash High School student completed a nursing internship in February, and another student shadowed a nurse.
    • Staff contributed 437 hours, worth approximately $3,122, 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).

Local Schools

Masonic Village partners with schools in the community for mutually beneficial intergenerational programming among senior residents and youth.

Prodigy Learning Center visits weekly, and Ridge Park Elementary School visits twice a year for intergenerational programs. Second graders from St. Philip Neri Catholic School also met with residents.

“Our center deals with high-risk children who may not have grandparents or a father figure in their lives,” said Chris Viteo, director of Prodigy Learning Center, who also works as an RN part-time at Masonic Village. “The visits are really beneficial to the students and residents. Some of the students cry when they can’t come.”

Masonic Village partners with the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School‘s Life Skills program for a community-based training program. Four students worked with the food services and environmental services departments at the start of the fall school semester. Students from the high school also conducted computer classes for residents and visited monthly for Game Day.

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Masonic Village at Sewickley

Each day at the Masonic Village brings new opportunities for families to find peace of mind, students to engage in real life learning and older adults to make a difference locally and globally. Working together builds a safer, stronger, smarter and happier community!

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.

Resident Contributions

Wood workers

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.

Cash contributions to area residents and community organizations
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Unreimbursed Medicare and Medicaid program costs

Masonic Village at Elizabethtown

A community is made up of many moving parts, all working together to provide a happy, healthy place to live, work, grow and enjoy life. Masonic Village’s mission is focused on the care of its residents with the understanding that they benefit from strong relationships in the community. As a not-for-profit, Masonic Village at Elizabethtown is responsible for reporting how we benefit the community. We valued the community services and charitable care we provided locally at more than $23.9 million in 2016. The impact of these services is priceless.


Although Masonic Village is a not-for-profit organization, we seek ways to support other charitable groups whenever possible.

Bleiler Caring Cottage residents

It pays to work here: Through its Meals for Those in Need program, the food services department offers unused food from campus restaurants (that otherwise may have been disposed of) to any employee or retiree who wishes to reduce their grocery bill. In 2016, the program provided meals and food worth approximately $12,787.


We like to assist other organizations in fulfilling their missions, whether it’s through a charity run, conference or educational opportunity.

The Greater Elizabethtown Area Recreation & Community Services (GEARS) hosts fitness classes on our campus, and 2,449 people from the local community participated in 2016. Masonic Village donated approximately $50,000 worth of space for these programs. There is no charge to GEARS, thanks to a mutually beneficial agreement.

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 need, Masonic Village’s environmental services department washed 900 pounds of sheets, blankets, comforters and towels free of charge (donating staff time worth approximately $540). We also donated unused food, 20 television stands, 22 thermal blankets, bedspreads and furniture no longer needed after renovations. Staff, residents and visitors contributed more than 170 items toward an Angel Tree, featuring items to help shelter visitors get back on their feet.

To help Bainbridge Elementary students in their effort to support the Ronald McDonald House, bins were placed throughout campus to collect old magazines. The Ronald McDonald House recycles the magazines and raises money to support its operations. In partnership with Elizabethtown College, a Shred-it event allowed residents to have old documents shredded for free in exchange for canned goods which were donated to the Community Cupboard.

As a not-for-profit organization, Masonic Village is not required to pay real estate taxes; however, we value municipalities’ services and understand their plights, as costs impact local taxes. Through a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreement we signed in 2008, we paid $209,366 to Lancaster County, $75,922 to West Donegal Township, $19,396 to Elizabethtown Borough and $940,150 to Elizabethtown Area School District in 2016.

Elizabethtown Area School District

Education is the basis for success, and Masonic Village is proud to help young students build a strong foundation for a bright future.

For the 8th year, we presented a check for $15,000 to the Elizabethtown Area Education Foundation. Over the last 20 years, we have awarded $292,500 in scholarships to graduating seniors who volunteered at least 100 hours with us during their high school years. In 2016, one high school students each received a $2,500 scholarship.

Since 1995, we’ve offered our facilities free of charge for the high school prom, swim team practice and other district events. In 2016, Donegal High School’s prom was also hosted free of charge.

Business Community

Through contracts with 212 businesses in the Mount Joy and Elizabethtown areas, Masonic Village generated expenditures of $2.8 million in 2016. We also sponsored the Downtown Summer Lunch Series and Senior Citizens’ Day at the Elizabethtown Fair, which included entertainment.

 “A big THANK YOU to Masonic Village for sponsoring our Summer Lunch today. The weather was great and the entire event went well. We are glad for your support of this community event,”  Beth Stauffer, Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce, said. 

In the winter months, staff from Masonic Village’s maintenance department provide Northwest EMS with assistance in keeping its property clear of snow, enabling their teams to safely respond to emergencies.

“I wanted to express my thanks and gratitude to you and your staff for helping us get through the Blizzard of 2016. Your staff did a wonderful job keeping our station clear of the snow. It was a perfect storm of wind and snow and it dumped on us. That weekend, we ran 46 emergency calls from our stations, and with your team’s helping us, we got to reach everyone who called 911. Thank you for your help in keeping the station safe and ready for emergencies.”

Scott Kingsboro, executive director, Northwest EMS

Support & Outreach

Education, a listening ear and a smiling face can help those facing a difficult transition or loss.

  • In 2016, an average of 13 individuals, including community members and Masonic Village residents, participated in the monthly Dementia Family Support Group. This group meets the third Tuesday of every month, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., in the Masonic Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room.
  • In 2016, an average of nine individuals per month, including community members and Masonic Village residents, attended meetings of the Bereavement Support Group. This group meets the third Thursday of every month, from 10 – 11:30 a.m., in the Large Recreation Room in the Sycamore North Apartments, and shares in inspirational discussions and activities.
  • In 2016, Masonic Village contributed approximately $3,763, including 94 hours of staff time, materials and classroom space, toward these support groups.
  • Masonic Village’s Durable Medical Loan Equipment Closet provides equipment to families on a short-term basis without cost. We supplied wheelchairs, walkers, canes, shower chairs and other equipment to 40 individuals in 2016. Learn more about our Outreach Program here.

“I needed a wheelchair for short-term use for a family member with a severely broken ankle. The loan closet provided easy pick up and return, with no insurance hassle. I didn’t know about this service and found it quite helpful at a distressing time. Masonic Village is a beautiful place.”

Cheryl Ammon, Elizabethtown

Tad Kuntz, orchard/Farm Market manager, who also serves as Lancaster County Fruitgrowers board of directors and as State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania president, lobbied at the state level to protect funding issues that could have affected local agricultural efforts, including the Cooperative Extension Service, Master Gardner’s programs, 4-H Clubs and the Masonic Village Farm and Farm Market.

Ann Dinsmore, music therapy supervisor, spoke to 40 legislators, local continuing care retirement community (CCRC) administrators, American Music Therapy Association national and regional officers and members of the state licensing committee about the benefits of a board-certified music therapy program for CCRC residents and to lobby for House Bill 1438 and Senate Bill 947. Read more on our blog.

Environmental Impact

residents gardening

Implementing eco-friendly operations and initiatives is an important investment in our community’s and planet’s future, whether it’s restoring a portion of the Conoy Creek, installing a solar power plant or protecting soil and water resources while operating a beef cattle and farm enterprise. A newly-installed laundry system saved 855,000 gallons of water in 2016, and a new automatic brine system has reduced Masonic Village’s carbon footprint annually by 18,000 pounds of CO2 See how we celebrate Earth Day every day in this video.

On-Campus Services

Children’s Home

Funded through generous contributions, the Masonic Children’s Home does not charge individuals, organizations, or units of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or federal government for its services. It provides a home for youth who are orphaned, 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 addition to participating in sports, arts and other activities, youth are encouraged to volunteer in the community.

By coordinating the sale of lemonade, hot dogs and baked goods, youth raised $839 for the Elizabethtown Area High School Taurus Racing Club, which designs technologies and informs students about careers in math, engineering and science.

Masonic Village is responsible for the enrollment of up to 40 children in the Elizabethtown Area School District (EASD). In 2016, we paid $940,150 to the school district through a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreement. EASD received an additional $366,053 through reciprocity agreements with the school districts from which the children come to us.

Volunteer Services

Across the campus, 682 volunteers, including residents, community members and teens logged more than 55,000 hours to benefit residents and staff. Various school groups, college classes, service organizations and families volunteered on a short-term basis, too. A big thank you to all volunteers for their generous time and effort!


masonic village hopsice last flight

Since 2009, Masonic Village Hospice has provided care for thousands of patients throughout Lancaster, Lebanon, Dauphin and Eastern York counties. These services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans. Masonic Village is committed to providing care regardless of a patient’s financial circumstances. Medicare requires that 5 percent of a hospice program’s budget revenue be provided through volunteer hours.

In 2016, we exceeded this requirement, thanks to 123 volunteers serving 2,793 hours.

Child Care Center

kids playing on playground

The Masonic Village Child Care Center, managed by Hildebrandt Learning Centers, provided quality child care services for a total of 153 children, ages 6 weeks to 11 years, in 2015. Sixty-six percent of the children come from the community and 34 percent are related to Masonic Village staff.

Tuition rates do not cover the cost of operations. Masonic Village subsidizes the costs in order to provide the community with a high quality child care option.

In 2016, $70,845 in kindergarten and pre-kindergarten 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, including Phillips Office Solutions. The scholarships supported families attending the Masonic Village Child Care Center, Dr. Curley Early Childhood Training Institute, PSECU Child Care Center and St. Joseph’s Creative Beginnings Center.

Educational Opportunities

  • Five residents volunteered to participate in a research project with a scholar from the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The study found high rates of advance care planning engagement after patients with chronic illness and/or their caregivers played an end-of-life conversation game in a community setting.
  • Tad Kuntz, orchard/Farm Market manager, provided free orchard tours and gave educational presentations to local civic organizations.

Alec Piper earned his Eagle Scout by installing bat houses on the campus near the Conoy Creek.

The reason for building bat houses was because of my interest in the outdoors and taking care of the environment. I thought this would be a great idea since it helps establish a ‘green footprint.’ These bat houses and bats will keep residents safe by eating insects, like mosquitoes, that could harm them, and by beautifying the campus, releasing seeds from the berries they eat. I want to thank Masonic Village for allowing me to accomplish my Eagle Scout project there.”

  • In 2016, three college students joined us for internships in non-clinical settings at the Masonic Village Farm and in the human resources department.
  • In clinical settings, including the Adult Daily Living Center, nutrition services, nursing; wellness center, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, social services and therapeutic recreation, staff supervised 63 students for more than 8,100 hours, time worth approximately $69,532 (based on national community benefits reporting standards, 20 percent of staff time may be quantified as a community benefit).
  • Our pharmacy is a clinical site for pharmacy students from the University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, and Duquesne University, and the Masonic Health Care Center is a clinical nursing site for Penn State University and Lancaster County Career & Technology Center.

Masonic Village’s board-certified music therapists provide residents with a creative outlet while alleviating pain and depression, enhancing memory, assisting with physical rehabilitation and many other benefits. Staff also provide opportunities for students to study and observe this health care profession in action.

  • Fourteen students completed clinical experiences, internships and practicums; 75 college and high school students observed music therapy groups; and approximately 45 members of Elizabethtown College‘s Music Therapy club, “Alpha Mu” assisted with projects and led bi-monthly.
  • Staff contributed time worth approximately $8,451 toward music therapy educational opportunities (based on national community benefits reporting standards, 20 percent of staff time may be quantified). Elizabethtown College’s music therapy department celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016 and honored Masonic Village music therapists Kim Glass, Kathy Keener Shantz, Liz Eargle, Angela Junker and Ann Dinsmore, who also received the Making a Difference in Music Therapy Award for more than 30 years of student supervision.

“I must admit, my internship experience surpassed everything that I could have ever imagined or hoped for. I’ve learned a great deal regarding this setting, the people who live here, music, and myself. I’ll carry that with me through my professional and personal life.  … It has been an honor and a privilege to have had the opportunity to be a part of the Masonic Villages team. I am forever grateful for my experiences and the relationships built. As I move forward towards the next step in life, I will take these experiences with me and strive to carry everything I’ve learned and apply it in various aspects of my life.”

Resident Contributions

Members of the Craft Group meet to share 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 2016, they donated $23,000 to numerous Masonic and community charities, including $6,000 to Northwest EMS and Friendship Fire & Hose.


Through Operation Christmas Child, residents contributed 236 shoeboxes of toys and supplies for needy kids throughout the world, as well as $1,300 toward shipping costs. Over 10 years, they’ve packed 1,672 shoeboxes and donated $9,652!

Through the Congregation of Sell Chapel’s Community Outreach ministry, members donated $23,385 in offerings toward The Children’s Playroom of LancasterJewel David MinistriesHope Within and Communities That Care. One of its newest recipients is a program for the homeless at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.  Residents participated in and raised $5,206 for the CROP Walk which benefits the Elizabethtown Food Bank and other nonprofit efforts.

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