Freemasons are part of a fraternal organization dedicated to three core values: Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
Brotherly Love encompasses the variety of relationships developed throughout one’s membership. It is a sense of belonging to a group of mutually-minded men that seek to welcome, support and guide one another.
Relief embodies charity for all mankind and the importance of helping others. During the opening and closing of each Masonic Lodge meeting, this message reinforces why Members choose to support charity: because they believe it’s the right thing to do.
Truth refers to honesty, fair play, knowledge of self and adherence to the cardinal virtues of Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence, and Justice. Freemasonry provides members with a philosophical understanding of life by reinforcing values through Lodge activities and the Masonic degrees.
Because of these principles, Oregon Freemasons support charitable programs to help their local communities thrive through partnerships between Lodges, members and like-minded groups. The Craft and its many Appendant Bodies support various philanthropies ranging from medical research and specialty hospitals to scholarships and reading programs. We understand that providing help and service is as much of a gift as receiving it.
Freemasons often lend support in one or more of the following ways:
- Volunteer time
- Seeking out those in need and determining a way to help
- Helping local law enforcement or educators who support a similar mission
- Supporting education & literacy programs, often specifically for youth
- Hosting or supporting a community events or fundraisers
- Gifting charity through a will or trust
- Making donations or offering scholarships