Freemasonry in Illinois has a long-standing tradition of serving our communities with various acts of beneficence. Masons throughout the state continue this tradition through a network of charitable programs, with a primary focus advancing the welfare of others, particularly children and senior citizens. In continuing this tradition, we, as Freemasons, not only serve our communities by setting a good example as citizens, but also improve the lives of future generations and care for the elderly.
The Illinois Masonic Outreach Services (or IMOS) helps fellow Master Masons and their families through the toughest of times. “The programs’ mission is to bridge the gap between community resources and member needs to promote physical, social, financial, and personal enrichment to enhance the quality of life for our membership.”
The IMOS program was established in 2008 in response to the needs of the membership. In the past, the Grand Lodge operated a nursing home facility in Sullivan, Illinois which worked very well in its day. However, with the changing times, we as a fraternity are changing with them and are working more efficiently within our charitable programs to provide improved and better services. Instead of serving a few individuals, in one specific area, IMOS can now assist members throughout the state of Illinois – and even those who reside out of state. In many cases, this allows members to remain in their own home, near family and loved ones. It also allows us to assist members with a variety of needs; not just the level of care a nursing home can provide. This cost effective approach enables IMOS funds to serve more Illinois Masons – and their families. We have included four major program components on this website: Financial Assistance; Information, Advocacy, and Referral Assistance; Widow Support; and Volunteer Services.
The IL CHIP program — has been adapted for Illinois from an extremely successful program begun in 1994 by Freemasons in New York. Today, members of the Masonic Fraternity in 30 States have similar programs to help parents and young families.
The IL CHIP program -- sponsored by the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Illinois -- is held by experts as the “premier child identification program” currently offered in the State of Illinois
From our teachings, the words "Faith, Hope and Charity" should always be remembered by each of us. The greatest of these is "Charity" and should always be practiced by Masons. Please support the Illinois Masonic Charities by using this credit card to help support our Illinois Masonic Home, our Masonic Children's Homes in LaGrange and Murphysboro, and our Illinois Masonic Foundation, which is the premier Student Assistance Program in Illinois.
For over 120 years the Illinois Masonic Children's Homes (IMCH) has offered long term residential care for children between the ages of 4 through 16 years.
We provide a safe and nurturing environment for children who are unable to care for themselves due to various family or home conditions. Our Homes provide children a myriad of growth enhancing opportunities which allow them to reach their fullest potential.
Our Children's Homes are Located in La Grange and Murphysboro, Illinois. The Homes are entirely funded by the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Illinois under the auspices of the Department of Children and Family Services.
This year the Coins for Children Program of the Grand Lodge of Illinois has provided matching funds of several thousand dollars to Illinois Masonic Lodges for their contributions to community projects to assist children. It is a program that is designed to assist lodges expand and extend their charitable efforts in their communities.
Participation in this Grand Lodge matching funds program is an excellent way for each lodge to receive publicity at the local community level. By contributing to community projects to assist children, Masonic Lodges can expand awareness of the benefits and contributions of Masons in their communities.
The challenge is for each lodge to review its philanthropic programs and the application form for the Coins for Children Program, identify a project within the program's guidelines and submit the application form. By planning their public relations, lodges will have opportunities to receive publicity for the fund raising activity, the lodge's initial contribution and the matching funds from the Grand Lodge. And finally, your lodge's contribution to the Coins for Children Program at Grand Lodge provides an additional opportunity for local publicity.