Masonic Assistance Program (MAP)

The world is an awful place, and there’s not much that we can do about that on the macro scale. What we can do, however, is give men the opportunity to change and improve themselves using moral tools and teachings centered around love of God and love of one another in order to better implement the moral values they already had. By doing this, a man not only changes himself, but the world immediately around him – and sometimes reaching even further than that. So, we can’t change the world on a macro scale, but we can change it many, many times on a micro scale. Masonry is an organized effort to save the world through love, one man at a time.

Brother Gabriel Jagush
Fort Worth Lodge № 148 AF&AM
Grand Lodge of Texas AF&AM

The Masonic Assistance Program (MAP) of the Valley of Akron AASR began 30 years ago this year as the Christmas Basket Program, which remains our most visible and most active service. Every December our volunteers meet at Craftsmen Park to fill baskets (laundry baskets or storage totes) with groceries so that families in need across Summit County and the surrounding area can have a holiday meal.

It goes without saying that we can’t do this alone, and we continue to be very thankful for all of the support provided by the lodges of the 21st Masonic District and Masons throughout the northeastern Ohio area. Through your generosity, more than 100 families have been assisted with baskets or vouchers at Christmas and beyond each year. Each basket or voucher is valued at $50.

MAP remains a small operation, and we’re not going to change the world. But with your help we will make it just a little better – just a little easier – and you’d be surprised what a difference even that can make.

How you can help:
The individuals and families that we help are in difficult situations, especially with the pandemic still raging. It’s not easy to ask for help. If you know of someone who is having trouble making ends meet this year, please let us know.

Names are needed by December 1st to guarantee a basket. If a basket is not available, a grocery gift card for the same value will be provided. No one will go away empty-handed.

Basket requests for 2022 will open in October.

All information submitted is kept confidential to the Masonic Assistance Program and will neither be published nor shared with outside parties.

MAP is funded entirely by donation, and your generosity ensures that we can continue our good work for years to come. Donations can be made to The Aroba Lodge of Perfection (with MAP on the memo line) to:

AASR Valley of Akron
2307 Sackett Ave
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223

Corporate sponsors are also earnestly appreciated for discounts or donations of baskets or groceries. Please contact us directly if your company is interested in contributing.

We are once again preparing to assemble and deliver baskets on Saturday, December 18th, 2021. Volunteers are earnestly appreciated for:

  • Unloading groceries – 9:45am
  • Assembling baskets – 10:00am
  • Delivering baskets – 10:45am to finish
Volunteer sign-up for 2022 will open in October. We guarantee that you’ll walk away with a new appreciation and sense of fulfillment – you’ll see what Masonry is really about.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us at masonicassistanceprogram@gmail.com.