Valley Stream Lodge No. 1143 Free and Accepted Masons

What do Freemasons do?

A Freemason is a man who believes is honor, integrity, and charity. Personal development and growth has always been the personal focus of Freemasonry. Fortifying those beliefs, are the actions and practices the fraternity takes as a whole. A Mason is one that treats others with kindness and respect, and always does his best to help those in need.

Freemasonry maintains a deep focus on charity work. Freemasons world wide raise roughly 4 million dollars per day. That is well over $1 billion every year. Money is great, but when you think about the amount of time and other resources that a Mason donates to different causes, it almost pales in comparison.

In New York, one of the many charitable programs Freemasonry offers is the Masonic Safety ID program. Established in 1991, the program's goal is to aid and assist in the recovery of a lost or missing child or senior citizen. It is also a program that helps promote Freemasonry and encourages our members to be active in our communities. The Masonic Safety ID program provides parents or loved ones with a kit of valuable identifying resources of the child or senior citizen that is registered with the program. This kit may include a fingerprint card, description, video, a dental imprint, and a DNA sample. The purpose of the kit is to provide critical information to the public and to law enforcement in the event that a child or senior goes missing. The program has been lauded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Another program the Freemasons offer in New York is the Military Outreach Program. Masons have always kept strong the tradition of supporting our men and women in the armed forces. Masons have kept the individual serviceman or woman in focus dating back to the Revolutionary War. There is Masonic influence in the Civil War, World Wars I and II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. The Freemasons have several programs dedicated to military outreach including operation penpal, and operation family care. To find out more about the Masonic Military Outreach programs in New York, click here.

Freemasonry also funds the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory, or MML. The MML is an internationally recognized biomedical research institute that has become an international center for genetic screening of cardiac arrhythmia diseases. The MML focuses especially on sudden-death syndroms, such as SIDS - or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. By recently adding a stem cell center, the MMRL is focused on the development of innovative cures and treatments. The Laboratory also focuses on education and training to scientists, clinical researchers and students who will perpetuate and extend the fight against disease. To find out more about the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory, visit their website.

The Brotherhood fund is another institute of Freemasonry - this one designed to provide help to our brothers and their families when they are in need. The Brotherhood fund very much sets Freemasonry apart from many other organizations. Few have such a generous program offering help to their members who are in need of it. The Brotherhood fund accepts donations from all willing to contribute, and truly lives up to its name. Brotherhood is the name of the game when it comes to this program.

This may seem like a lot, but the information you've just read really only scratches the surface. These programs are ones run by the Grand Lodge of the State of New York, and supported by each of its districts and lodges. However, all Lodges are different, and many of them have their own charitable or recreational traditions and activities exclusive to them. Whether it be Holiday parties, contests, theme nights, or simply raising money or collecting goods for the people in the Lodge's community, each Lodge is unique and carries its own set of traditions in addition to the programs it supports through the Grand Lodge.

So what do Freemasons do? One can not respond to such a question concisely. Hopefully this page has provided you with a better idea as to the answer.