Odd Fellows make a pledge "to visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan" when they join the Order. The Massachusetts Grand Lodge participates in the following activities as part of this.
For over 68 years we have supported a yearly pilgrimage for Youth. This year we have experienced uniques circumstances resulting in the discontinuation of this prgram.
Scholarships and Loans
The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs of Massachusetts sponsor many scholarships to deserving students of Massachusetts in amounts exceeding $20,000 annually. Each lodge individually coordinates and sponsors the scholarships available. The Educational Foundation of IOOF provides thousands of dollars in loans to deserving members and relatives of members for higher education.
Since its creation in 1927, the Education Foundation of the IOOF has made it possible for over 3500 young people to receive loans amounting to more than $6,500,000. The Educational Foundation is the oldest project of the Sovereign Grand Lodge and continues to assist Odd Fellows and their relatives with loans for higher education.
- History of the Foundation
- How is the fund administered?
- Where does the money come from?
- Who is eligible to receive a loan?
- What are the requirements?
- What is the interest rate and how are the loans repaid?
- Terms of Repayment
- What security is required?
- What responsibility fo the lodges affiliated with the student have?
- How do you obtain an application for a student loan?
The Educational Foundatin was the dream of Flora Sheets, Past President of the Rebekah Assembly of Illinois. She was raised in the Childrens' Home of Illinois and for many years was the Editor and Publisher of the International Rebekah Fraternal Paper. It was her feeling that the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs could put into practice the principles of our Order by providing funds to assist worthy young people to receive a higher education.
In the beginning, loans were provided only to sons and daughters of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs. In later years, when funds were ample, loans were made available to any worthy young man or woman asking for financial assistence. Because of increased loan requests, available funds became low and once again, since 1977, applicants are required to have order affiliation. This can be any relative of the applicant or the applicant himself.
The Educational Foundation is administered by a Board of nine Trustees, including the Sovereign Grand Master, Deputy Sovereign Grand Master, and President of the International Association of Rebekah Assembilies, three members of The Sovereign Grand Lodge appointed by the Sovereign Grand Master, and three members of the IARA appointed by the President. Each appointment shall be for a term of three years, except to fill a vacancy when it shall be for the unexpired term, and must be approved by The Sovereign Grand Lodge. When appointments are made and approved, the Board is vested with the authority to function and discharge its duties.
The money comprising the Revolving Loan Fund has been contributed by Odd Fellow and Rebekah Lodges, individual members, Patriarchs, Militant, and Encampment Units of the Order. We have been able to loan approximately two and one-half more than contributions because as the loans are repaid by the students, the money is available to loan again. All contributions to the Educational Foundation are placed in a Trust Fund and used only for Student Loans. All Canadian contributions are deposited in a Trust Fund Account in Canada and used only for Canadian students.
Because available funds for student loans are low at the present time, it is required that applicants have a relative who is an active member of an Odd Fellow or Rebekah Lodge: A young person desiring a loan must write to the Executive Director for an application, stating age and school classification. A maximum of $10,000 can be barrowed for a complete course of four years or more. The maximum is $3,000 for one year of study. All applicants must be attending school halftime or more to be eligible. The method of lending is as follows:
Loans are made for study in an recognized trade school, after completion of high school, for any course offering immediate opportunity for employment, such as a Business College, Beauty Culture Schools, Barber Schools, etc.
The Interest Rate is 5%. Interest begins the day the check is mailed from the office to the student. Interest is paid each year while the student is in school. Interest payments shall be paid by July 1st each year until the barrower has graduated or discontinued school.
|3 months after graduation or leaving school||No Payments|
|9 months after graduation or leaving school||$35/month plus interest|
|Second year after graduation or leaving school||$50/month plus interest|
|Third year after graduation or leaving and until loan is paid in full||$75/month plus interest|
To fully protect the Trust Fund in the event the borrower should fail to make payments when due or default in any manner under the terms of the promissory notes, financially responsible co-signers are required. Co-signers must be under 65 years of age and property owners.
Sometimes it is necessary to look to the co-signers for repayment which they sign as co-makers when they execute the notes. The co-signers for most applicants are the parents. Since the beginning of the Foundation, loss from unpaid loans is less than 1%.
The Foundation sends a reference form to the Lodge to verify the membership of the student's relative designated on the loan application. We ask several questions concerning the applicant's character and dependability. Should any difficulty arise over the repayment of the loan, we sometimes ask someone from the Lodge to help us loacte the borrower or co-signers if they have moved without notifying the Foundation.
Detailed information or an application can be obtained by mailing this form, completed only by the applicant, to the address below or writing to:
R. Kenneth Babb
Educational Foundation, IOOF
P.O. Box 20455
Winston-Salem, NC 27120
Odd Fellows Home
Odd Fellows Nursing Home of Worcester was established in 1892 and is dedicated to long term and rehabilitative care of our elderly. The Home has been long recognized for excelence in caring for their residents. It is a 100 bed facility.
The Odd Fellows Home is the service mission of the social and benevolent society of the Massachusetts branch of the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows and Rebekah Assemblies.
Our home is open to all elderly in need of skilled nursing care, providing short-term, long-term, respite and rehabilitative care. We respond to their special needs by offering creative solutions for housing, medical facilities, security, companionship, and services. Our residents live in a supportive, comfortable, secure, and home-like environment.
We have a close-knit group of caring and dedicated professionals providing residents with dignified clinical care that is second to none.
From our Board of Directors to our highly trained clinical staff to our corps of volunteers, we are committed to providing the very best services to our residents by meeting the fundamental goals cited in our mission. Together, our team of specialists work to develop personalized programs and plans of care for each resident to meet their changing needs.
The basic tenets of our mission are carried through to our residents by a compassionate staff that makes each individual feel that the Odd Fellows Home is their home.
Our geriatric specialists oversee a full range of nursing and rehabilitative services. The entire staff is constantly educated in the latest medical procedures, treatments, and therapies in order to assure each resident's maximum functional independence. We provide full on-site physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy services.
A Tradition of excellence for the next 100 Years
Our personalized approach to skilled care encourages families to keep involved in the lives of their loved ones. When families entrust the care of their loved ones to us, they can expect the excellence in care that has become our tradition.
You are invited to experience this tradition for yourself by visiting us and taking a tour of our Home. Come and see why the Odd Fellows Home of Massachusetts has the reputation as one of Central New England's premiere skilled care facilities.
The Odd Fellows Home of Massachusetts, Inc. is a non-profit skilled nursing facility celebrating over one hundred years of excellence in quality care for elders. If you require short or long term or respite care and are considering a nursing facility, call our Admission Director at (508) 826-4323.
The original Odd Fellows home is the darker building in the back of the above picture. In 1990, the Home moved across the street to the lighter colored building in the fore-ground.
Look up the contact information of the Grand Lodge Officers.
Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodges are actively supporting many local D.A.R.E. programs throughout Massachusetts. Each lodge supports a program local to them. D.A.R.E is a nonprofit program funded through community and corporate donations that uses police officers to teach drug prevention and life management skills to elementary, middle, and high school students.. Beginning with just 10 officers in one school district 16 years ago, D.A.R.E. is now taught to more than 30 million students in the U.S. in more than 300,000 classrooms. That's 80 percent of our nation's school districts. It is taught in all 50 states and in 32 other countries. Approximately 49,000 D.A.R.E. officers are trained to teach the program.
World Eye Bank
The Odd Fellows support tissue and organ donation programs through fundraising and awareness campaigns.