How to Obtain Masonic Relief – Masons in good standing, Masonic widows in distress, or members of our Masonic family should please first completes the Request for Masonic Relief form, then reach out to their local Lodge. After seeking assistance from the Lodge, and completing the form, the next step is to contact our skilled staff at Masonic Outreach Services at (253) 442-2505. We will do our best to help find the best long-term solution to meet the current needs.
Applicants may expect Washington Masonic Charities work with them to 1) identify opportunities to streamline finances, 2) obtain community resources, and 3) to coordinate Masonic relief resources such as Grand Lodge Charity Committee, Masonic Service Bureau, etc. Applicants should expect to provide thorough financial information. Applicants should not expect to receive direct cash payment – if dollars are provided, they are generally issued directly to the vendor on behalf of the client. As a 501 c 3, WA Masonic Charities is not a Fraternal Benefit organization per IRS rules and regulations.
Please follow these three steps to request Masonic Relief:
1. Home Lodge: Contact you Lodge Worshipful Master or Lodge Secretary and find out what the Lodge’s process is to request assistance.
2. Grand Lodge Charity Committee: For needs greater than your Lodge can provide, you may complete a Request for Masonic Relief form, found on the Grand Lodge website. Follow the instructions or call us for assistance. This will go through the Grand Lodge Charity Committee process.
3. (A) WA Masonic Charities: If the need still exists, then WA Masonic Charities may also be able to provide limited one-time charitable assistance.
3. (B) WA Masonic Service Bureau may also be able to provide assistance. The MSB’s primary focus is assisting Masons in good standing who are going through financial issues – loss of job, or sudden hardship expenses. MSB assistance is Short-Term in nature. Masons in good standing need to be sponsored by their home Lodge. You can contact the Masonic Service Bureau at (206) 937-1445.
Washington Masonic Charities’ professionally trained and experienced staff provide confidential outreach and stabilization assistance for Freemasons in good standing anywhere in Washington. This includes wives, Masonic widows, and, depending on circumstances, family members.
Masonic relief is intended to assist an individual or family when a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action for which there are no known community resources available to meet the need or the urgency of the situation.
To apply for charitable assistance, please call (844) 288-3531 and select extension 103 to reach a member of our Masonic Outreach Services Team.
Masonic Charitable Assistance from Washington Masonic Charities is limited to helping people lacking basic necessities or who are at risk of basic necessities without assistance. Applicants for charitable relief are assigned to work with a case manager and should expect the following.
- All charitable assistance is confidential.
- We will ask you to fill out an application form that includes personal and financial information, the nature of the situation, the cause, and what steps you have already taken.
- Applicants who are approved to become clients will be assigned to a case manager who will conduct a financial review and assessment to identify potential resources and opportunities.
- Approved clients will work closely with the case manager to develop a plan of action that includes one or more of the following – streamlining current expenses, identifying and applying for available entitlements, and identifying and applying for local and community resources.
- If all of these options have been explored and/or exhausted, then depending on the availability of funds, Masonic Outreach Services may also contribute charitable cash assistance.
- We will follow up with you and ask that you complete and return a survey about your experience.
The scope of our charitable cash assistance is limited to the following:
- Essential needs, such as toiletries, etc.
- Shelter & associated expenses
All charitable assistance is contingent on the following:
- The requestor completes an application for charitable assistance. If the applicant needs assistance in completing the application, our case managers will assist.
- Applicants agree to make themselves and their finances available to our case managers to review, assess and create plans of action.
- To obtain charitable assistance, as described above, individuals agree to provide verifiable financial information as requested by our case managers.
- Applicants agree to follow through on any actions determined by the mutually-agreed-to plan of action and communicate with the case manager in a timely fashion.
- Applicants agree to return case manager phone calls or emails within 72 hours or sooner, if deadlines require.
- Assistance is limited to resources we have on hand and on a financial need basis.
- Clients will agree that any charitable assistance provided will be limited to the amount and duration determined by the organization.
- Charitable cash assistance is not given directly to the client, but to the vendor of the service, basic need, etc.
- Charitable cash assistance may not be used for the purpose of purchasing alcohol, controlled substances, gambling, or any activity in conflict with Masonic values.