The Masonic Brotherhood Fund is the charitable arm of our Grand Lodge. It receives donations from both Masons and non-Masons to support the different programs within our state. Click here to contribute to the fund
The Veterans Hospital Programs
The Masonic Service Association of North America conducts an active Hospital Volunteer Program in more than 157 Veterans Administration Medical Centers, several state operated Veterans Homes, and in a number of Military Hospitals in the United States and other countries, using hundreds of volunteers who contribute more than one quarter million volunteer hours of service each year. This program is wholly financed by the voluntary contributions of Masons and Masonic Bodies. More than nine million dollars have been expended in the operation of this Program since 1946.
“Little things mean a lot”: a friendly smile, a warm handclasp, an embrace and a kind word can do as much for those who are lonely and depressed in a hospital or a nursing home as all the medicine that the doctors can prescribe. Particularly for veterans who may be without families, these Hospital Visitors provide a link with the outside world which is critical. The friendships formed and the appreciation of those who are hospitalized, sometimes for life, are a wonderful ‘paycheck’ for the work done. The Hospital Visitation Program is a vital part of the Fraternity that deserves your attention and needs your immediate help.
Masonic Care Community
In April of 1864, the New York State Legislature officially recognized the Trustees of the Masonic Hall and Home as the body that would be vested with the title of the real estate of the Fraternity. They were empowered to build and maintain a Masonic Hall in New York City and use any funds generated to support the Masonic Home in Utica.
The Masonic Home was built in Utica because of its central location in the State of New York. It opened in May of 1893 and within 30 years, expanded to include a building for 360 adults, a hospital, several dormitories for the children and a 200-acre working farm that supplied all food stuffs for those who lived on campus, as well as products that could be sold to generate additional revenue.
In the 1920’s, the property at Round Lake was purchased to afford the children and residents of the home an opportunity to get out of the city in the summer, and enjoy the Adirondacks. Round Lake is located about 40 minutes north of the Utica Campus, and is currently the home of the Camp Turk Summer program for children ages 8 to 16.
The DeWint House, George Washington’s Headquarters Historic Site in Tappan New York, was purchased by the Masons in the early 1930’s when the location was in danger of being razed. The renovation of the property was funded, and today hundreds of visitors can enjoy the place where General George Washington stayed on several occasions between 1780 and 1783. (dewinthouse.com)
Today, The Masonic Care Community offers unparalled healthcare options to all. The Camp Turk program at Round Lake in Northern Oneida County welcomes children ages 8 to 16 to enjoy fun filled weeks at summer camp in the Adirondacks, the DeWint House is open all year; hosting thousands of visitors to the George Washington Historic Site, and the Masonic Hall in New York City continues to be a distinct facility that welcomes Masons and non-Masons alike.
Grand Lodge Tuition Assistance Program
The Grand Lodge of New York through its Trustees of the Masonic Hall and Home established a scholarship in 1996. The Education Assistance Committee of Grand Lodge administers this scholarship program for post high school level students. The effort is directed at the sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of Master Masons in good standing, belonging to Lodges within the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York.
Awards totaling over $500,000 are made annually based upon academic achievement, community involvement and financial need. Applications for scholarship assistance are available from all Lodge Secretaries, District Deputy Grand Masters and may be downloaded from this site (below).
All applications are to be completed, including the signature of the Master and Secretary of the Lodge and be embossed with the Lodge seal, and mailed to:
Education Assistance Program
11 Dolphin Green – C2G
Port Washington, New York 11050
Must be postmarked by April 1
Scholarships are awarded according to academic excellence and the students’ involvement in their communities. Selections are made in May and awarded between June and August. Award presentations to the recipients are made at central locations throughout New York State during these months.
All recipients and their families are cordially invited to attend the Presentation Ceremonies. The Grand Master and or the Deputy Grand Master are always in attendance to make the scholarship presentations.
If you would like more information pertaining to the scholarship, you should contact the Master of your Lodge, Secretary or District Deputy Grand Master in your area, or you may contact the Education Assistance Program Committee at shipmanship [at] yahoo [dot] com.
To download the pdf and for more information please go to eapapplication.nymasons.org.
Camp Turk Programs
Camp Turk is a Residential Camp for campers aged 8-16. We are located in the beautiful Adirondack Park reserve in Woodgate, NY (45 minutes north of Utica, NY). We offer 1, 2 or 3 week sessions for both Boys and Girls, in alternate sessions.
Camp Turk staff and counselors have been selected based on their background, experience, training, and interest in children. They have completed a comprehensive one week training session in their activity area as well as in counseling. The health and welfare of the campers is a primary consideration, therefore, issues such as contagious diseases, child abuse, homesickness, and specific safety concerns are a part of the educational program for staff and counselors. Key staff, Area Directors, Hiking & Biking staff and of course our nurses will all be ARC certified in First Aid & CPR. We search for staff through colleges and educational institutions, as well as local advertisements. Many staff use camp as a beginning step toward a degree in education or child care. Some of our staff have evolved from campers to C.I.T.’s to counselors. All staff have previous childcare experience, their backgrounds are checked through the New York State Criminal Justice Services.