Charity, traditionally called relief in Masonry, assures that any Brother in need, as well as his dependents, will receive sympathy and support from his Brothers. Charity is a natural result of the brotherly love that Freemasonry promotes along with faith and hope.
"Charity is the chief of every social virtue and the distinguishing characteristic of our Order." - Thomas Smith Webb, 1797
In Freemasonry charity extends beyond the fraternal doorstep. Masonic organizations are known for caring for children, the sick and elderly at a national level. Local Masonic Lodges contribute to worthy causes and groups within their communities and individual Masons are often involved in volunteer work in their communities.