The values of Freemasonry are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.
Masonic charity is exercised at every level: Union Lodge makes gifts and gives aid to numerous worthy causes, as does the Province of East Kent. Nationally, our efforts are channelled through four main charity organisations:
- The Freemasons’ Grand Charity
- Masonic Samaritan Fund
- Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
- Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys