We endeavor to elevate the character of mankind, to provide aid to our community to make it and the world a better place to live, to aid the less fortunate members of our society by donating to charities, to support the youth of our community and help them grow, to aid our own members in times of distress, to support science and research foundations for the elimination of diseases and poverty and to support our community in every way possible.
Odd Fellow’s Valediction
I believe in the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man; I believe in Friendship, Love and Truth as basic guides to the ultimate destiny of all mankind; I believe my home, my church or temple, my Lodge and my community deserve my best work, my modest pride, my earnest faith, and my deepest loyalty, as I perform my duty “to visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan” and, as I work with others to build a better world, because, in spirit and in truth, I am, and must always be, grateful to my Creator, faithful to my country and fraternal to my fellow man. I am an Odd Fellow.
Odd Fellowship Provides
- Leadership Training
- A More Purposeful Life
- Enduring Friendships
- Community Activity Participation
- A Broadening of Your Mind
- Opportunities to Help Children and the Elderly
- Good Fellowship
- A Warm Welcome in Strange Cities and Distant Lands
Odd Fellowship at Work:
Today, Odd Fellowship is a worldwide Fraternal Order having over 10,000 lodges in 25 countries. We are actively involved in a variety of civic and philanthropic efforts on a local, national and international level. Highlights of these include the following:
- The Odd Fellows & Rebekahs spend over $775 million in relief projects annually
- The Educational Foundation provides substantial loans and grants to students
- SOS Children’s Village provides a caring home for orphaned children in Cambodia
- Living Legacy focuses on planting trees and enhancing our environment
- The Massachusetts Jurisdiction gives more money to the Arthritis Foundation than any other jurisdiction in the country
- Visual Research Foundation supports vision care and research through the Wilmer Eye Institute
- Annually sponsor a float in the New Year’s Day Rose Parade
- Actively support the D.A.R.E. program in many communities throughout Massachusetts
- Odd Fellowship originated the concept of Homes for the Aged and Orphaned Children. Our 100 Bed, Full Care Nursing Home in Worcester is one of the finest in the state.
- Fully support and run Camp NEOFA Children’s Camp in Belfast, Maine offering healthy and entertaining outdoor activities and crafts for the children of our communities.