Emergency Needs & Masonic Assistance
Emergency Needs Assistance
Washington Masonic Charities’ professionally trained and experienced staff provide confidential outreach and emergency needs assistance for Freemasons in good standing anywhere in Washington. This includes wives and widows. In addition, we help the general public.
Emergency Need is defined as 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. Requestors must be 55 years old or older.
Assistance may include connecting the requestor with local resources to assist in sustaining self-sufficiency.
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing a qualifying emergency need (as defined above) that requires limited cash assistance, call our office and ask to speak to one of our case managers. Dial: 1-844-228-3531
Mason in Good Standing
If you’re a Mason in good standing and are experiencing an emergency need call us and ask to speak to one of our case managers. Dial:1-844-228-3531. We can work with you by connecting you with community resources and additional Masonic support. We work alongside Lodges, the Grand Lodge Charity Committee and the WA Masonic Service Bureau to provide assistance.
Here are three steps available to Masons. These are in addition to case management support provided by our staff that can start immediately.
1. Home Lodge: Contact you Lodge Worshipful Master or Lodge Secretary and find out what the Lodge’s process is to request assistance. A Mason must ask for help from his home Lodge first.
2. Grand Lodge: If the need is 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. Charity Committee Masonic Relief Form.
3. (A) WA Masonic Charities: If the need still exists, then WA Masonic Charities may also be able to provide limited one-time emergency needs 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.Visit the Masonic Service Bureau website or call or 206-937-1445.