Freemasonry is not a service club. Since the earliest days of Masonic Lodges the institution has exhorted its members to practice relief and charity, both for the benefit of its own members as well as for the needy in their district. In 1724 the first Grand Lodge developed a centralized charity scheme which has evolved over the centuries. But this has always been additional to the charity support provided by individual Masons, their Lodges and, later, by Provinces and Districts. Charity formed part of the masonic legacy our early Freemasons brought to North America and particularly to Canada. The following charities are supported by Ionic Lodge No. 526 and it's members.
Canadian patients depend on us to manage a safe, secure and cost-effective blood system. We bring quality to every aspect of our work - from collecting, testing and manufacturing blood, blood components and stem cells to knowledge creation and dissemination to conducting ground-breaking research.
The work of the ottawa mission can be witnessed every day in the lives of the individuals that we help. Whether it’s providing a place to sleep, a meal, or offering job training, the ottawa mission changes lives every day.
Prostate cancer has affected or will affect, directly or indirectly, every Mason in Ontario. The Directors of The Masonic Foundation of Ontario have committed significant multi year funding for prostate cancer research in Ontario. The objective is to raise One Million Dollars over the next two years. The ultimate goal beyond that is to make this cause synonymous with the charitable efforts of the Masons of Ontario.
The Parkdale Food Centre is part of the Ottawa Food Bank’s distribution network. It serves the Hintonburg, Mechanicsville, Civic Hospital and Wellington Village neighborhoods. It is a not-for-profit, volunteer- run organization that provides emergency food aid to individuals and families in need. The Centre is funded in part by the City of Ottawa and local churches, with additional donations provided by individuals and local businesses.
Disability Support works with the Kasese District Union of Persons with Disabilities (KADUPEDI). Based in Ottawa, Canada, CanUgan supports people with disabilities in Kasese District of Western Uganda by holding fund raising and other events, by publishing CanUgan News, the quarterly newsletter, by establishing collaborative partnerships and by promoting its work.
The Black Canadian Scholarship Fund (BCSF) is invested by the Ottawa Community Foundation and, from the returns, scholarships /bursaries are awarded to high school students who meet specific criteria and are admitted or admissible to a Canadian university.
At Cornerstone, women experience what ‘home’ truly means – often, for the first time in their lives. We provide emergency shelter and safe affordable permanent housing for women in Ottawa. We help them build a meaningful life that fits their individual needs.Our four residences cater to women at every stage of their journey. We are committed to public education and advocacy.