Three Goulburn Valley organisations for elderly or disadvantaged people on Tuesday received a combined $22 900 from Freemasons Victoria.
Christmas for Those Alone ($5000), Shepparton Villages ($6300) and UnitingCare Cutting Edge ($11 600) earned the money to improve their respective services.
UnitingCare will upgrade the floor of Wesley Hall, which is used for choir and band practice, dance classes, teenage drug and alcohol-free parties, school holiday activities and support groups.
"We will either re-polish the floor or lay a floating floor," UnitingCare executive Christine Nunn said.
"The floor becomes too thin after it's been done several times, so we need to find out what is best for how old the hall is."
Christmas for Those Alone volunteer Pauline Muirhead said their money would buy necessary supplies.
The late Tony Jerome introduced the free Christmas Day lunch in 1999 for lonely Shepparton people.
"We try to give gifts and sweets to children," Mrs Muirhead, 92, said. Shepparton Villages will buy 14 sling lifters to increase residents' safety.
The aged-care provider has received Freemasons money the last two years to help pay for a kitchen upgrade and electronically lowering beds.
"We're excited to receive this wonderful gift because we take the safety of our residents seriously," Shepparton Villages marketing manager Vicki Glazner said.
Freemasons started donating money to charitable organisations in 1988.
As printed in the Weekend News on Saturday July 23, 2011.