Brotherhood in Action came about as a common interest
of three religious fraternal organizations; B’nai Brith, Freemasons and
Knights of Columbus. It originated because of the awareness that people
had common needs regardless of their backgrounds, and help was provided in
similar fashion regardless of background. Members of each of the
organizations realized they could leverage their support by banding
together while still remaining true to the principles of their individual
groups. They also found that they could meet and work with neighbors they
might not meet in each specific organization.
Over a 25+ year span in
, the common interest has matured to a separate non-profit organization
known as Brotherhood In Action for Bethel, Inc. This non-profit
corporation is federally
recognized as a tax-exempt organization. Its governing board is made up of
members of Eureka Lodge, Freemasons, and Pavia Council, Knights of
Brotherhood In Action receives community wide support
in the form of food and other household items, toys and clothes, and
monetary gifts. It organizes food collections and deliveries to
individuals and families in need in
at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.
Throughout the year, BIA also provides food and other
assistance to families weekly when the need arises.
In other communities, this story might be considered
unusual, or a one of a kind event. Not so, in
. It is an example of what goes on continually; and what makes
the desirable community it is.
Individuals interested in contributing to Brotherhood In Action of
Bethel may do so by sending gifts to the organization at
P.O. Box 582
. A written acknowledgement is sent promptly to all donors.