How do we give back at Columbian Lodge?
Columbian Lodge is involved with all sorts of Community Service. Every year we give of ourselves considerably from both our time and our money. In the past two decades, our Lodge alone has donated more than $50,000 to various charities - and this doesn't count individual Members' charitable contributions not made through the Lodge! We have also renewed and strengthened our committment to helping the less fortunate by building relationships with local and national charities like: The New England Home for Little Wanderers, Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, myCHIP, and many others.
Habitat for Humanity:
For the past few years, a handful of our Members have given a full day\'s work being operative builders (as opposed to the speculative Masons we are normally). Although our relationship with Habitat for Humanity is still young, we look forward to working with them many times in the future, helping them provide better, safer housing to individuals who might not otherwise be able to provide it for themselves. These days are also some of the most fun we have as we have a chance to bond Brother-to-Brother without doing Lodge work or having a full meal in front of us.
Home for Little Wanders Annual Basketball Tournament:
A long time supporter of The Home for Little Wanderers, the Masons of Columbian Lodge A.F. and A.M. continue to dazzle and enrich those fortunate enough to come into contact with them. In addition to their generous financial support, members of the Lodge have gone out of their way to lend a hand at events at The Home and to invite children from our programs on various outings, including the Shriners' Circus and Rodeo.
For the seventh year in a row, the Columbian Masons sponsored a multi-school Basketball Tournament in May that included participants from the Brandon Center, Mandville School, Walker School, Compass School, Baird Center, The Italian Home, a Columbian Team and our very own Knight's Children Center. Attending Masons joined the cheering crowd, in addition to helping out with scorekeeping throughout the tournament and coaching a team. Once again the tournament was a success, giving the kids an opportunity to exhibit their aptitude for teamwork while demonstrating their athletic abilities. Plans have already begun to enlarge the tournament this next year.
As mentioned, the Lodge also sponsors two other events for The Home, the Shriners' Circus and Rodeo. In May, the Masons and their families invite children from The Home to join them for an afternoon at the Shriners' Circus held at the Shriners' Auditorium in Wilmington, MA. Arriving at the circus on luxury buses, all attendants have the opportunity to gorge themselves on traditional carnival fare like snow cones, popcorn, and cheeseburgers while experiencing the thrill of the three-ring show. In September, the buses once again arrive to whisk children, families and staff off to the Shriners' Rodeo. This presents a unique experience for many of the children who have only heard stories of cowboys and bull-rides, let alone watch a rodeo clown dodge behind a barrel, gracefully missing an infuriated bull's charging horns. Ideally, these are the types of experiences that childhood memories are made of.
The Home for Little Wanderers is grateful to have friends like the Masons at the Columbian Lodge A.F. & A.M. and look forward to any future opportunity to work with them.
Eric Barese, Major Gifts Development Assistant
The Home for Little Wanders