Grand Chapter Projects


Concrete evidence of the charitable nature of the organization as it affects others is the millions of dollars which have been raised within the membership to support ESTARL (Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership), Cancer Research, Arthritis Fund, Heart Fund, Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Shriners’ Hospitals, orphanages, and many other charities within each Grand Jurisdiction.


In Vermont, each year the Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron select a special project for their charitable contributions.  The Grand Chapter of Vermont as well as many of the local Chapters sponsor scholarships.



Charity Information

2017-2018 Over the Rainbow

Special Olympics Vermont

Vermont Food Bank

Special Olympics Vermont was incorporated in February 1971 as a Vermont non-profit corporation [501(c)(3)] and is accredited every two years by Special Olympics, Inc. Through successful completion of this accreditation process, Special Olympics Vermont is officially recognized and agrees to abide by a set of general rules established by Special Olympics, Inc.

We are a member of Feeding America, and locally service over 153,000 Vermonters each year. We work with over 215 network and agency partners to provide nutritious food in each county in the state. The Vermont Foodbank opened its doors in 1986, and is based in Barre, Vermont, with additional warehouse locations in Rutland and Brattleboro.

2016-2017 Stars of Service

The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI) Peer Assisted Learning & Support (PALS)

This program allows our adult clients to cope with their vision loss surrounded by others who are facing similar challenges. Many are new to having a visual impairment, had to give up driving or hobbies due to their change in vision, and thus feel isolated and even depressed. PALS meetings enable our older clients to get together to discuss the social, emotional, and practical effects of vision loss. They discuss coping strategies, try out adaptive technology to assist with various tasks, and support one another in a social setting.

2015-2016 Garden of Dreams

The Vermont Veterans Fund

The Vermont Veterans Fund was created in 2010 to provide grants or support to individuals or organizations engaged in activities that provide services:

(1) For the long-term care of veterans.

(2) To aid homeless veterans.

(3) For transportation services for veterans.

(4) To fund veterans' service programs.

(5) To recognize veterans.

2014-2015 Puzzle of Life

The ARCTIC Center

at VAC (Autism Recognition Care Training & Information Center)

The ARCTIC Center is a warm, welcoming location serving as a training center for autism and caregiver-related activities, a coordinating partner with local organizations and school systems, and a lending library filled with specialized books, DVDs and other physical resources. 

It is also a place for families, caregivers and practitioners to get personalized support and guidance navigating community resources for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Children are welcome and have their own toy- and book-filled area.

2013-2014 Garden of Friendship

C.A.R.E. Program

C.A.R.E. stands for Comprehensive Assessment and Recovery Effort. 

The C.A.R.E program, so named in Vermont, trains teachers and administrators on methods to work with and support children at risk. 

Using an interactive seminar approach, attendees are involved in lectures, break-out sessions, role playing and case study problem solving. 

This results in their finding ways to identify children at risk, be it academic, behavioral, or abuse of any nature.

2012-2013 Looking to the Future

Camp Thorpe

OES provided 50 New Beds.


Camp Thorpe is a residential summer experience for kids and adults with a range of social, behavioral, mental health, and developmental needs.


Our phenomenal staff of international counselors and directors provide engaging and fun traditional camp programming while offering a high level of support for our campers.


The Camp Thorpe experience is like none other and truly changes the lives of those who attend!