A HELPING HAND WHEN IT IS NEEDED MOST
Masonry is a community of like-minded men who want to improve themselves in any number of ways. As a fraternity, we do our best to improve ourselves and see that we are better individuals, partners, husbands, fathers, leaders, and friends through what Masonry teaches us. But as we all know, life can often not go as we have planned. Through job loss, a health issue, or other unforeseen factors, we may from time to time need the assistance of those with whom we share a fraternal bond.
When a Brother comes upon hard times, he may often look to his lodge for assistance and guidance. His Blue Lodge will undoubtedly do the best it can to assist within its means, and with discretion. For the times when a lodge feels that more needs to be done than it has the means to do, the Masonic Charitable Foundation has a MASONIC RELIEF GRANTS program that has helped a great number of men and their families over the years. This program is a direct extension of the lessons in the Masonic degrees that urges us to do what we can to help those in need.
We encourage all Lodges in Maine to reach out to the Foundation for assistance to ensure any Maine Mason (including his family, widow and/or children) receive the assistance they need if they have fallen on hard times. There is an application that needs to be completed, which is available for download here. All information is kept confidential. The completed application should be emailed to the Grand Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or to the Executive Director at director@MaineMCF.org.
The application can be completed by anyone but it must be submitted by the Master or Secretary of a Lodge.