Masons Helping Neighbors Program
Washington Masonic Charities (WAMC) has an exciting new program, called Masons Helping Neighbors. This program has been created to partner with and assist Masonic Lodges to help older adults and people with disabilities to remain in their homes and apartments safely and with dignity.
Our goal is to partner with Lodges to support and encourage their Members to aid older adults and people with disabilities, including Masons, Widows, and the general public who are struggling with the basics of home upkeep and repair. Often, this kind of support can make the difference between staying at home or moving into care facilities. For many, staying at home with support is both more cost effective and better for their mental and social well-being.
This program will reimburse Lodges up to $500 per project for the cost of supplies, paint, tool rentals, parts, etc.
WA Masonic Charities will support the following types of work (up to $500 per project)
• Light home repair or modification.
• Safety improvements, such as fire/smoke/CO2 detectors, batteries, fire-extinguishers.
• Energy & cost savings, such as replacing incandescent lights with LED.
• Appliance/plumbing/electrical repair or replacement, including kitchen, bathroom & heating.
• Basic maintenance, such as gutter cleaning, painting, pressure washing, etc.
• Costs associated with yard clean-up or yard work.
Program Participation Criteria
• The Lodge Worshipful Master must authorize one person to be the point of contact between WAMC and the Lodge.
• Lodges submit to WAMC the Project Form prior to the project starting to receive approval of funds.
• The individual(s) served must be older adults, or people with disabilities, who could not otherwise accomplish the work themselves either because of physical or mental barriers to performing the work themselves, or lack of income/ability to pay for the work.
• The Lodge agrees to share information with WAMC about the good work accomplished, so that WAMC may help promote.
• To receive reimbursement, project lead submits receipts to Byron Cregeur, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, individual(s) who have greater needs than this program can address, may be eligible to receive additional assistance through Masonic Outreach Services case managers.
Note: Funds cannot be used for the upkeep or maintenance of Lodge buildings.
Questions: contact Byron Cregeur 1-844-288-3531, email@example.com, or contact your Masonic Outreach Services case manager.