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Writing the Future that We Want to See

The average man says you can’t predict the future. But we Masons are not average men. We are determined to write the future that we want to see.

Every gift to the California Masonic Foundation has an immediate impact.

The future we are writing stretches throughout California, from sleepy coastal towns to bustling inland cities; in our home communities and those of our brethren. They are linked by our promise to uphold our fraternity’s cherished values.

Our fraternity has a legacy of supporting free public education. Today, that means focusing on child literacy – an important predictor of lifelong academic success. Our partnership with award-winning literacy leader Raising A Reader will help expand needed literacy and family engagement programming to more than 1,000 classrooms.

This is good news for children like Esperanza, a 5-year-old in San Jacinto. In Spanish, her name means “hope,” and she is truly this: Her future is her parents’ greatest wish. They dream that she will be first in her family to attend college. When we brought Raising A Reader to Esperanza’s school, their hope grew brighter. They learned that reading to Esperanza would help her to someday read on her own, and that gathering around a book each evening was an important way to strengthen family bonds. Today, thanks to Masons like you, Esperanza reads above grade level. She and her classmates are on their way to academic success.

When we became Masons, we took an obligation to support our brothers and their spouses in times of distress. This promise has saved thousands of brother Masons and their loved ones. Dottie, a 93-year old widow in Chico, was left all alone when her beloved husband passed away seven years ago. She lived alone in the home they bought as newlyweds, until her memory began to decline. Soon she often forgot where she was, and fell behind on paying bills and buying sufficient food. Luckily, she was able to move to a safe apartment at the Masonic Home at Union City. Staff skilled in memory care worked with her closely to strengthen her cognition and help preserve her treasured memories. Thanks to brothers like you, Masonic widows like Dottie can access the vital support and memory care they needed to maintain their health and safety.

Our fraternity was built on the fundamental values of brotherly love, relief, and truth that we still call upon for strength and respite today. All Masons of California charities are supported by member donations – past and present. Please heed the call and give back.

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