Considering what would be an appropriate collective noun for a group of Almoners various words came up such as a 'discretion' or perhaps an Altruism or a Kindness would also fill the bill too. A bit of history, which was gleaned from Warwickshire Province (Craft), about the role as follows; 'The Almoner was traditionally a chaplain or church officer who was in charge of distributing money to the deserving poor. For many years, before the introduction of the office of Charity Steward, it was the lodge Almoner who collected the alms as well as distributing them. The Almoner plays a vital part in the life of every lodge by keeping in touch with all lodge members, especially those who for various reasons are unable to attend Lodge. With people now living longer, and typically remaining in their own homes, the work of the Almoner will continue to expand.
An Almoner’s flock is not simply restricted to lodge members but also includes dependents and widows. When times are hard with financial or medical issues, he needs to ensure that the individual is fully aware of what is available from the State as well as how the Masonic Charitable Foundation may also be able to help. Once such cases are identified, they are passed to the Provincial Almoners in each degree who can provide support, guidance and advice to all lodge Almoners, as well as managing various petitions for assistance.'