National Philoptochos Society
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National Philoptochos Aid to Greece & Cyprus Campaign.
February 1, 2017
Dear National Board Members, Metropolis Presidents, Chapter Presidents and Beloved Philoptochos Stewards,
The Logos transcending all essence, who has appeared to the world, who was eternally fathered and temporally mothered, becoming flesh has taken the form of a slave, losing not His Divinity. And in the womb of the woman who without seed has conceived Him He refashions man. (Ainos from the Feast of Annunciation)
The stewards of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society are limitless in their compassion for serving the sick, the hungry, the weary and the disenfranchised. Since the crisis began in Greece and Cyprus, the Philoptochos Chapters have demonstrated their love and concern for our brothers and sisters in Christ, numerous times. The intense ongoing crisis may be rooted in economics, but the effects are felt not only in the lack of tangible goods and comforts, but also spiritually and emotionally. The distress crosses multiple generations, with perhaps the most vulnerable being the young and the elderly. No one wants to imagine a child scavenging in desperation, or a grandparent freezing with no source of home heat, but these somber and grave circumstances exist today in Greece and Cyprus.
Through your generosity, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been donated to provide much needed assistance for the people of Greece and Cyprus. Most recently, the National Philoptochos Society disbursed $20,000 for aid in Greece and $15,000 for aid in Cyprus. The funds were used to clothe 60 children in Moschato, Athens, 200 children in occupied Cyprus and 40 senior citizens in Karellio, as well as to provide monthly food packages for the very poorest families.
This year in our Heart to Heart Campaign, we prayerfully ask you to renew your commitment by commemorating Greek Independence Day, (March 25) and OXI Day, (October 28) with a fundraising event. These two noteworthy dates are examples of the Greek and Cypriot distinguishing ethos and character seeking solutions when facing extreme adversity. They declared NO to outside rule and we say NO to a different form of oppression: no to poverty, no to sickness, no to hunger, no to homelessness.
For the Greek Independence Day fundraising event, we suggest your Philoptochos Chapter host a speaker on Hellenic Culture or a poetry reading followed by light refreshments after the Liturgy on Sunday, March 26, 2017. For the OXI Day fundraising event, we offer the suggestion of hosting a loukoumades and coffee fellowship following Liturgy on Sunday, October 29, 2017.
However you choose to act, the end product is your commitment to participate so that adequate food, warm winter clothing, required medicines and other basic necessities may be provided. Please ask your Parish Priest to bless this endeavor and to inform the community about the severity of the situation to encourage Parish involvement. Please mark your calendars with these two Philoptochos Heart to Heart dates as we bring our hearts close to the hearts of all those in Greece and Cyprus and please pray for their wellbeing.
Please send your Philoptochos Chapter collections marked “Aid to Greece and Cyprus Campaign” to: National Philoptochos Society at 126 East 37th Street, New York, NY 10016.
In His Service,
Maria Logus, President
Aphrodite Skeadas, Chairperson
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Donations may be sent to National Philoptochos, 126 East 37th Street, New York, NY 10016 or can be made online by clicking here: DONATE
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: email@example.com to send your updates.
From UNICEF: The Shared Story of Harry and Ahmed
UNICEF has launched a powerful, two-minute film entitled, “The Shared Story of Harry and Ahmed,” calling attention to the massive child refugee crisis. It also warns us that children are once again risking their lives to free themselves from violence and persecution. The 28 million children impacted by ongoing crisis – from Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and beyond – are not “refugees” or “migrants” – they are children first. The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society supports UNICEF with a yearly National Ministry Commitment. Through the benevolence of our chapters, in the last ten years, we have proudly contributed $240,000 to UNICEF.
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 February are as follows:
Autism Assistance Fund
More than 3.5 million Americans live with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Our communities benefit by supporting autistic individuals and their families. To heighten awareness of autism, the Autism Assistance Fund was established in 2008. The purpose of the fund is to provide assistance and support to persons within the autism spectrum.
February has been designated as the month to support this discretionary fund and with the generous support of our chapters, we have disbursed $161,330 since 2009. We have donated $134,800 to organizations that provide programs for autistic individuals. We have also donated $26,530 to assist individuals with such needs as educational services, respite care and therapy, which is not covered by health insurance.
St. Photios Shrine
Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, Saint Photios Shrine is truly a “Beacon of Greek Orthodoxy” in America. Located on St. George Street in the historic city of St. Augustine, Florida and named for Saint Photios, the Great Patriarch of Constantinople, the Shrine is dedicated to the first colony of Greek people who came to America in 1768.
The Shrine consists of exhibits depicting the life of the early Greek colonists in America and the development of the Greek Orthodox Church in America. Thousands of visitors annually visit this very special place. A beautiful Byzantine Chapel is at the Shrine where all are welcomed to light candles, venerate the icons and pray.
Philoptochos has long supported this wonderful Shrine and it’s ministry through the annual February chapter commitment donations that are received. In 2016, $29,000 was donated to the Saint Photios Shrine and $256,700 has been donated over the past ten years.