The Michigan Masons believe that every person can make a difference and impact in the lives of others. From the programs and scholarships in place to the services our local Lodges provide, we strive to build upon and strengthen our communities in positive, meaningful ways.
Freemasons meet regularly at their established Lodge (the local organization of Freemasonry) for the transaction of business, fellowship, and the discussion of matters of Masonic interest. Since Masons are pledged to fulfill the demands of good citizenship, each Lodge works to maintain a vibrant, respected, and active role in community life. Lodges also work to forge alliances within the community designed to help the general public while developing the character of Masons.
Freemasonry itself has a special focus on education efforts, starting some of the first public schools in both Europe and America. We supported legislation to make education universal. In the 1800s, Masons lobbied for the establishment of state-supported education and federal land-grant colleges. In 1817, the Zion Lodge in Detroit helped to provide funding for the newly created University of Michigan.
Today, Masons give millions of dollars in scholarships and grants each year through local Lodges and the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation. These programs are funded by generous donations. We encourage our members to volunteer time at their local schools, buy classroom supplies for teachers, help with literacy programs, and do everything they can to help ensure that each person – adult or child – has the best educational opportunities possible.
Helping those in need, especially children which are the future of our society, is imperative to the mission of the Michigan Masons. We have partnered with S.A.Y. (Super All Year) Detroit, a fully formed 501 (c) (3) organization which provides ongoing literacy and tutoring support to thousands of families and students in Lipke Park. This program serves as a way to help children face the barriers of illiteracy and achieving their full potential, a commitment of our brotherhood.Explore
For more than a decade, Michigan Masons have been helping parents and law enforcement secure a peace of mind should the tragedy of a missing child occur through the Michigan Child ID Program. Masonic Lodges throughout the state of Michigan distribute more than 5,000 identification kits to parents at community and school events each year, provided for free through the generosity and volunteerism of the Masons.Explore
The Masonic Model Student Assistance Program is an intensive workshop designed to help educators, and anyone who works with youth, identify, intervene and create appropriate referrals for students who may be at risk due to substance abuse, depression, suicide, violence and other harmful behaviors. The research-based training provides insight for early and effective intervention for those students who display negative behavioral patterns which threaten their success at school.Explore
Reading is one of the most important things that we can give to our children. Teachers believe that reading can lead to a lifetime of achievements. The Michigan Masons sponsor a program called Bikes for Books. This effort helps encourage reading in children who are in grades 3-5.Explore
Giving students and organizations the opportunity to better shape our Michigan communities is something the Michigan Masons’ mission embodies. The Masons is proud to support, through the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation, commitments to hundreds of students and organizations statewide.Explore
Through its Community Charities Matching Grants Program, the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation will match a local Lodge’s contribution, up to $1,500 per fiscal year, to benefit a variety of organizations, causes and programs such as schools, public safety and youth organizations and local food banks.Explore
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