In his own words:
WHY DO YOU VOLUNTEER?
I ask myself, “How can we make a difference?” Tomorrow is not promised to
anybody. What can we do today to inspire
someone else; to let them know we care?
WHY SERVE VETERANS?
I’ve always had great respect for our vet-
erans – we have our freedoms because of
them. But sometimes they come back and feel forgotten. I just
wanted to make sure they knew their sacrifices matter.
WHAT’S ESPECIALLY REWARDING?
With each of us doing a little, collectively we’re able to accomplish a lot. It’s not just one person, it’s many, many members
from different lodges that make these events successful. When
I take on these projects, I think to myself, “We can’t fail our
veterans,” and they always come together.
Volunteering in your community is one of the best
ways to demonstrate Masonic relief, and can be
personally fulfilling as well. A variety of local and
international organizations offer a wide range of
volunteer opportunities to meet every interest.
Want to volunteer in your community? Here are
some resources to help.
HOW YOUR LODGE CAN GIVE BACK:
» Support sweethearts: Learn more
When lodge members pass away, sweethearts
may need some extra support to stay connected.
Volunteer to support our vulnerable fraternal
» Partner with public schools: Learn more
Supporting public education is one of the hallmarks of Freemasonry. Volunteer to get involved
with schools in your community.
» Support a local FISE program: freemason.org/fise
Grand Master Charvonia’s project will bring
active firefighters to local schools to provide
crucial fire-safety training to vulnerable children.
Start a pilot project in a school near you.
» Try Rebuilding Together: rebuildingtogether.org
Help provide much needed home repairs for fam-
ilies in need through this innovative, nationwide
program. Read more about how one lodge gave
back in this issue’s feature article.
» Partner with Masonic youth orders:
Reach out to local youth order members to offer
support and mentorship. Organize a joint community service project, volunteer at fundraisers,
and help shape the future.
RESOURCES FOR GIVING BACK AS AN INDIVIDUAL:
Taproot Foundation: taprootfoundation.org
Taproot connects business professionals with organizations working to improve society. Donate pro bono
services to make a difference to great nonprofits.
Volunteer Match: volunteermatch.org
Find for volunteer opportunities in your local community. Volunteer Match makes it easy to find causes
that matter to you – from education and disaster
relief to homelessness and support for animals.
Idealist’s innovative search function makes it easy
to find a project for the commitment level you
seek, including ongoing volunteer projects, one-time needs and events, and even employment
opportunities at nonprofit organizations.