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Educational Foundation
The Education Foundation of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows began on September 20, 1927.  The purposes of the foundation is to operate a Revolving Loan Fund for students and is supported by donations to a trust.  Low interest rate loans are made for two or four year programs at an accredited college or university and for study at any recognized trade school after completion of high school.

R. Kenneth Babb, Executive Director
PO BOX 20455
Winston-Salem NC  27120
United States of America
Tel: 336-724-5166
Fax: 336-724-5116
Email:  [ email ]

Odd Fellow / Rebekah Visual Research Foundation
Odd Fellows and Rebkeahs work to advance eye research through Professorships in Ophthalmology at the world famous Wilmer Ophthalmoligical Institute at John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. The Odd Fellow World Eye Bank and Visual Research Foundation established in 1956 conducts intensive studies of corneal transplantation, allergic and congenital diseases of the eye.

Wesley Nelson, Chairman
24 Northmount Dr NW
Calgary AB  T2K 3E8
Canada
Tel: 403-274-4644
Fax: 403-274-4644
Email: [ email ]
    Donations:
    C/O The Sovereign Grand Lodge, IOOF
    422 Trade Street
    Winston-Salem NC  27101-2830
    United States of America

The SGL/IARA Joint Youth Committee
Keith Ploof, Chairman
PO BOX 54
Highgate Center VT  05459
United States of America
Tel: 802-868-4943
Fax:  802-868-5043
Email:  [ email ]

United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth
  We in Odd Fellowship are proud of the opportunity we give students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school. Groups of selected students are transported to New York where they have the opportunity to learn about the work the United Nations is doing to promote world peace, to educate the people of the world, and to relieve their suffering whether by famine, disease, or war. Students enjoy a question and answer period that sharpens their comprehension of United Nations affairs. That is but a small part of the learning experience for those selected to participate. The students are taken to many historical places and have a first hand view of their country’s beginning and of the Civil War. They visit many of the cultural and educational centers of the nation. Coming as they do from all areas of the United States and several foreign countries, they exchange views of education, politics, religion, world relationships and cultures. This learning and growing experience provided by Odd Fellows and Rebekahs is one of the most important and effective programs that we have. Approximately 42,000 students have participated in the United Nations Pilgrimage. No other organization is accorded this privilege
Provides the opportunity for students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school to learn about the work the United Nations is doing to promote world peace, to educate the people of the world and to relieve their suffering whether by famine, disease, or by war.  No other organization is accorded this privilege.

(IOOF United nations Educational Pilgrimage for Youth, Inc.) Charles Benson, Executive Director
422 Trade St
Winston-Salem NC  27101-2830
United States of America
Tel: 888-247-4983
Fax: 613-962-3826
Email: [ email ]
Website: www.unpilgrimage.org

Arthritis Advisory Board
Odd Fellows and Rebekahs contribute to Arthritis Foundation where funds aid in research to find the cause, ways to prevent and treatments methods to fight this painful and crippling disease.

Les D. Robertson, Chairman
11932 Taylor Rd
Churubusco IN  46723-9471
United States of America
Tel: 260-693-2360
Fax: 260-693-2715
Email:  [ email ]

Odd Fellow and Rebekah Home Association
 The first Odd Fellow Home was established in 1872 in Pennsylvania. In a few years this grew to 65 homes located in most of the states and some foreign countries. Well over 100,000 orphans and aged members have been admitted to our homes in the intervening years
Mark Ulrich, President
1107 Walnut St
Devils Lake ND  58301-3240
United States of America
Email: [ email ]

Hunger and Disaster Relief Funds
We demonstrate our obligation in "relieving the distressed" by providing funds for aid in natural disaster of flood, fire or earthquake.  This fund is supported entirely by donations and contributions by Odd Fellows and Rebekahs and the need for donations in always eminent.

Terry Barrett, SGS
422 Trade St
Winston-Salem NC  27101
United States of America
Tel: 800-235-8358
Fax: 336-722-7317
Email:  [ email ]

Community Service & Living Legacy
Instituted in 1989 with the goal of planting trees to beautify the environment and improve our ecology.  " Plant a tree for those who come after me".  Many lodges have participated with their city Parks or Recreation Departments of School districts to plant trees in many areas where shade and environmental improvements would be appreciated.  Often Lodges plant trees in honor of members who have passed away.

Mavis Paull
422 Trade St
Winston - Salem NC  27101-2830
United States of America

IOOF SOS Children's Village
   Several years ago, recognizing a need to care for orphaned, abandoned, neglected, and abused children, a non-governmental child welfare organization was formed which is now known as the SOS Children’s Villages and provides loving, stable homes in over 132 countries around the world. They serve all children in need regardless of race, nationality or creed. Every child is assured of the love and support of a surrogate parent with brothers and sisters, the opportunity to live in a permanent house, and the positive experience of being part of a larger village community. This prepares them to take their rightful place in society as happy, responsible, and productive adults.

   That is precisely what the Independent Order of Odd Fellows did when our children’s homes were operating all over this country for more than a century. At one time the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs had 65 children’s homes in the U.S. and were caring for over 100,000 children. The SOS Village Organization at this time has 456 Villages serving over 58,000 children.

   A partnership between the I.O.O.F. and The SOS Children’s Villages will be an ideal relationship between the two most dedicated, private, non-governmental, non-profit organizations in the world who are dedicated to protecting and nurturing orphans and all children in need. There are currently three SOS Villages in the United States and The I.O.O.F. is in the process of building a SOS Village in Cambodia which is planned for dedication in 2006.

Henry "Hank" Dupray, PSGM
1922 Jackson St
Wilmington NC  28401
United States of America
Tel: 910-763-7660
Fax: 910-763-7910
Email: [ email ]

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