GRAND LODGE OF MARYLAND FOUNDATION (SIF)
One of the many definitions of the word ‘charitable’ in the dictionary reads:
“Generous in giving money or other help to the needy.”
The Order Sons of Italy In America has certainly lived up to that definition.
The OSIA National has supported many different charities over the years. Presently, our major charities include: Coole’s Anemia, Alzheimer’s, Veteran causes, Doug Flutie Foundation for Autism and Coaches for Cancer – as well as many other charities, non-profit groups and organizations. (Click here to learn about our philanthropic efforts.)
The Grand Lodge of Maryland proudly supports and sponsors these charities, as well, and encourages every lodge to do the same.
While you may have heard about most of these charities, there are many Italians and Italian/Americans here in the U.S. and Canada, as well as our membership, who do not know or ever heard of Cooley’s Anemia – a genetic blood disorder that can be fatal – affecting Italians and those of Mediterranean descent. (Click here to learn more about Coole’s Anemia and to the see the list of the many charities the OSIA has generously supported.)
Another entity of our charities is the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum located in Staten Island, New York. The museum is owned and operated by the OSIA.
The Museum is totally supported by donations from ALL of the OSIA Lodges throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as other Italians.
The Museum is a very important part of telling our history and in keeping our heritage and culture alive! Click here to learn more about the Museum and how you can help to support it.