The Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation, in collaboration with local Maine Masonic Lodges, has been championing the cause of literacy among the youth. Their unique initiative, “Bikes for Books,” rewards students with bicycles for their reading achievements.
This program, which has been running for the past 16 years, has been a resounding success. Don Pratt, the deputy grand master of the Maine Masons, proudly shared that they have distributed over 15,000 bikes within Maine.
The Bikes for Books initiative is a part of the foundation’s broader community funding effort, known as MAC (Masons Assisting Communities). This initiative allows Maine Masons to collaborate with local organizations and nonprofits. They further amplify their impact by providing additional funds through matching grant programs.
Susan Scacchi, the executive director of the foundation, emphasized the commitment of the Trustees in ensuring that local Masonic Lodges have the necessary resources to lead and assist in their communities. She encouraged local nonprofits and towns to collaborate with Masonic Lodges for volunteer support, believing that such partnerships can bring about significant positive change.
For those interested in learning more or seeking assistance, they can reach out to their nearest Maine Masonic Lodge. Further details about the program and contact information for the lodges are available on the foundation’s website, mainemcf.org.