Local Eastern Star chapters are actively involved in their local communities by providing leaders and supporters as well as financial support. By using the skills developed through the Eastern Star, many members also serve as School Board members, leaders in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Band Boosters, 4-H clubs and the like. Many Eastern Star members assist other Masonic groups in providing meals to community servants at the holidays, donating to local scholarships and working with church groups.
Eastern Star Chapters donate funds to a wide variety of worthy charities at the local, state and national levels. Some examples include the Cancer Research Project, Heart Fund, 32nd Degree Children’s Dyslexia Centers, Shiners’ Hospitals for Children, and local food banks. In the United States alone, Masonic organizations give $1.5 million a day to charity.
Eastern Star gives support to young people who are members of Rainbow for Girls, Job's Daughters, and the Order of DeMolay. These fine young people who are training themselves to be leaders are likely prospects to become valued Eastern Stars or Masons. The Order of the Eastern Star and the Masonic fraternity are highly rewarded by their support and interest in these youth organizations.
The Order of the Eastern Star also supports “ESTARL” (Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership) which is a scholarship fund for those who are going to school for the purpose of religious training. Each state administers their own ESTARL program. Individuals wishing to apply for an ESTARL Scholarship should contact the Grand Secretary of the state or province in which they reside.
Many Grand Jurisdictions have homes for their senior members. These homes range in function from full fledged "retirement homes" to organizations that provide services to those who are in need.
Ohio Eastern Star Home
The Ohio Eastern Star Home is located in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Since its inception in 1951 the facility has changed and evolved constantly. New buildings have been constructed and the Home has made great strides to better meet the changing needs of our residents. The Ohio Eastern Star Home provides several levels of care: independent apartments, assisted living, and nursing care for both intermediate and skilled needs, and a dementia unit. It is also a certified Medicare-Medicaid facility to assist those who are financially unable to meet the daily rates. For more information go to http://www.oeshome.org.