National Philoptochos Society
To promote charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach to preserve the sanctity of life and family and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox faith and traditions." Click here to read more....
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04/28/17: URGENT- PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TELEPHONE SYSTEM IN THE NATIONAL OFFICE (PHILOPTOCHOS CENTER OF PHILANTHROPY) IS DOWN. PLEASE EMAIL US PER THE EMAIL ADDRESSES HERE.
April is National Volunteer Month!
National Philoptochos honors the 26,000 member volunteers whose collective drive, dedication and heart help those who need it most. We pay tribute to those who dedicate themselves to fulfilling our mission of philanthropy. Thank you!
April 26, 2017: National Philoptochos Board raises $653 in meeting for Pop-Up Kafé Initiative!
Heart to Heart Pop-Up Kafés Support Greece & Cyprus
Aphrodite Skeadas, Chair
Across the U.S., stewards of the Philoptochos Society are hosting friendly and intimate Heart to Heart coffee socials to benefit the National Philoptochos Aid to Greece & Cyprus Fund. These “Pop-Up Kafés” are designed as a simple, achievable and fun way to fundraise, with a minimal financial goal for each event, and that may be duplicated many times throughout the country.
Each organizer hosts a coffee event in a home, church facility or commercial venue, such as a local coffee shop (as pictured above with the Philoptochos of Holy Cross in Pittsburgh). The host invites a small number of guests, perhaps 10, and each guest offers a small donation for Aid to Greece & Cyprus, perhaps $10 per person. This concept was considered to respect the attendee’s limited time availability, the amount to be donated by each attendee, as well as to minimize the host’s expenditure. The gatherings are sessions of camaraderie, purpose and awareness - a coffee break with ease and simplicity that will produce a steady income stream for the Fund, as the Pop-Up Kafés continue through the year.
Now more than ever, our help is needed. With an acute level of unemployment, the Greek economic crisis is considered on the scale of the U.S. Great Depression of the 1930’s, though the Greek crisis has lasted longer and continues to spiral downward. In addition to the loss of jobs, healthcare and public services, the people of Greece and Cyprus continue to suffer with a serious loss of dignity and hope. As sisters in Philoptochos, it is our privilege and responsibility to offer our love by assisting our brothers and sisters in Greece and Cyprus.
If you would like to learn more about this program or host a Heart to Heart Pop-Up Kafé, please contact a member of the National Philoptochos Aid to Greece & Cyprus Committee or your Direct Archdiocesan District or Metropolis Philoptochos President..
Donations may be sent to National Philoptochos, 126 East 37th Street, New York, NY 10016 or can be made online by clicking here: DONATE
Powerpoint Presentation from March 2017:
PHILOPTOCHOS TO SERVE ONE MILLION MEALS BY 2018
The National Philoptochos Feeding the Hungry program began as part of National Philoptochos President Maria Logus’ goal of “doing -- more hands on philanthropy, engaging all members of our community in our work.” In February 2015, President Logus challenged chapters to prepare and offer 250,000 meals by the National Philoptochos Biennial Convention in July 2016. At the Convention, it was reported that the Feed...ing the Hungry Initiative fed over 750,000 meals— MORE THAN TRIPLE THE ORIGINAL GOAL!
This Thanksgiving, President Logus upped the goal by inviting Philoptochos chapters and stewards to continue to offer wholesome and hearty meals to the homeless and hungry. She wrote, “Our goal, challenging but certainly achievable, is to offer one million meals before our next convention in 2018 and to experience both the joy and the rewards of this service, over and over again.”
Please note that with this new goal, we announce a new hashtag to mark your social media posts: #onemillionmeals and a new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org to send your updates.
From National Philoptochos Department of Social Work
By Director Paulette Geanacopoulos, LMSW, an article on an important issue:
Domestic Violence about Power and Control over Victim
Orthodox Observer, October 2016, p.29
To read a reprint of the article, click here.
Be the Bee #106
DO MORE DOING from Youth & Young Adult Ministries
Watch this video that features Philoptochos women as role models for hands-on philanthropy.
National Philoptochos Ministry Commitments
The National Philoptochos Ministry Commitments are the heart and soul of Philoptochos. All chapters are urged to continue their generous support for these vital national ministries.
The Commitments for April are as follows:
Sisterhood of Saint Basil Academy (SBA)
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)