CHARITABLE PROGRAMS:

Prince Hall Freemasons in the State of Illinois account for thousands of community service hours across Illinois. At times, charitable works extend beyond the boundaries of the state lines to aid in larger efforts where required. All in all, our objective has always been to provide relief where we can to the extent that we are able. By doing so, we help to ensure community stability.

Over the course of the past decade, Illinois Prince Hall Freemasonry has donated over $250,000 to scholarship programs for youths who work to achieve higher education. Community service has also extended to tornado relief efforts in downstate Illinois and to water donations to the State of Michigan. Hundreds of charities have received donations and support from our organization. These local and national organizations are not limited to but do include:

  • Bud Biliken Parade Association
  • Chicago Food Depository
  • Faith Coalition for the Common Good
  • Illinois Fire Safety Alliance
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • National Child Identification Program
  • Pacific Gardens Mission
  • Prince Hall Benevolent Fund
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Springfield Boys and Girls Club
  • Thapelo Institute

The Grand Lodge also sponsors specific programs in conjunction with partners to serve multiple communities across the State of Illinois:

  • Annual 5K Walk for Prostate Cancer
    This program is implemented among Masons, citizens and community organizations in Northern, Central and Southern Illinois on an annually to raise funds for Prostate Cancer Awareness.
  • Illinois Child Identification Program (IL-CHIP)
    This program is performed through partnerships with the Prince Hall Benevolent Fund, Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Illinois and the National Child Identification Program to provide parents and guardians with a tool they can use to help protect their children.
  • Health Screening Programs
    Through a partnership with the Thapelo Institute, the Grand Lodge offers free health screenings annually in the City of Chicago and at the conventions of the Grand Lodge across the State of Illinois.
  • Thanksgiving Feasts for the Homeless
    During the Holiday Seasons, the Grand Lodge funds chartiable efforts locally and and statewide to provide meals and clothing to citizens in need.

Subordinate Lodges across the State of Illinois under the umbrella of the Grand Lodge have implemented the following programs:

  • Adopt-A-Highway Program
  • Adopt-A-School Program
  • American Red-Cross Blood Drives
  • Reading for Rides Initiative
  • Thanksgiving Feast for the Homeless
  • Christmas Basket Program

We also work in conjunction with other legitimate Masonic Organizations in the State of Illinois and beyond to provide relief at all levels. These efforts in addition to several others individual and collaborative efforts that are not listed identify the extent to which Freemasonry works for the community.