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Pavia Council #48, Bethel, Connecticut, Founded 1888

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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 Bethel , 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 Columbus.

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 Bethel 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 Bethel . It is an example of what goes on continually; and what makes Bethel 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 , Bethel , CT 06801 . A written acknowledgement is sent promptly to all donors.

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How can you help? By your continued generosity of gifts of foodstuff at the holiday drop-off locations. By your financial support, used for bulk food purchases. By volunteering your time, to help sort, pack and deliver food baskets. Watch for a posting of the drop-off locations and work schedules for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter prior to each holiday.


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