FARMINGTON — The Masonic Charitable Foundation of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Maine is pleased to announce the 24 winning 501C(3) tax-exempt organizations throughout Maine who are receiving $2,000 grants.

The nominations were made by Freemasons interested in helping worthy causes in their local communities, and the awards are based upon the nearly 65,000 votes cast in February from some 25,000 interested citizens located throughout Maine and across the country. One award winner, Forgotten Felines of Maine in Gouldsboro, resulted from a well-executed write-in campaign.

The winners in each of the 24 Maine Masonic Districts include groups concerned with animal welfare, education, child and elder care, food assistance, health and hospice, nature preservation and military veteran support. The complete list may be found on the Foundations website at

Local Freemasons are awarding the grants during March to one tax-exempt organization in each of the 24 Masonic Districts located throughout Maine. District 15, which is comprised of nine Masonic Lodges throughout Franklin County, awarded this grant to Neighbors Helping Neighbors, an organization helping distressed families in the local area under the auspices of Western Maine Community Action.

This is the first time that the Masonic Charitable Foundation has offered these public grants. Maine Freemasons also serve their communities by offering the popular Bikes for Books, youth activity, community betterment, project graduation and child identification (CHIP) programs, and by supporting the Maine Masonic College, library and museum and many other activities.

Taken together, the Foundation’s charitable initiatives total nearly $400,000 per year. North American Freemasons donate some $3,000,000 per day, every day, to benefit society.

Questions about the Charitable Foundation and Freemasonry may be addressed to Mark Rustin, the Grand Secretary, at 207-843-1086, 855-843-1086, or [email protected] For information on Lodges in your Masonic District, please visit the Grand Lodge website,, and click on Maine Lodges — Lodge Locator or Lodges by District.

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