HOLDEN — The Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation is reaching out to communities statewide with a new initiative.
Masons Assisting Communities, in partnership with the 177 Masonic Lodges in Maine, will provide support to eligible organizations and nonprofits over the next year.
“We agreed to multi-year funding so that they knew that they had a source of funding to not only start the program but also knew that we would be with them in terms of growing it and supporting it,” said Susan Scacchi. executive director of Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation.
One of the organizations they’re working with is Maine Boys to Men.
The nonprofit’s mission is to end all forms of men violence and self-harm. This grant will help them with resources and expand statewide.
“As a small team, we’re only really able to reach thousands of boys a year,” said Heidi Randall, executive director of Maine Boys to Men.
“In order to make the impact, the change we really want to make, we’re seeking to reach hundreds of thousands of boys every year,” she said.
The foundation gave more than $350,000 in grants in 2020.
They have more to give this year, along with the thousands of hours of volunteer time given by Maine Masons.
Scacchi said nonprofits can reach out to their nearby Masonic Lodges for volunteer and support.