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Chapter Challenges

“No challenge is too great for Philoptochos,” stated President Georgia Skeadas, who initiated the program at the 2004 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention. 

Nine chapters are selected in consultation with the Metropolis Presidents, one from each Metropolis, at each Convention. They are given $100 seed money each and the challenge is to select a project that reflects the work of Philoptochos.  Chapters develop, design, and implement a project of their own creation and choice.  Some suggestions are literacy, the disabled, food bank, shelter for women and/or children developmentally challenged children, and Alzheimer’s.  Projects are monitored and the chapters report and share their experience at the subsequent Convention.  The first group of chapters presented at the 2006 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention.

Chapters for 2018 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention

Direct Archdiocesan District

Chapter 0062, St. Paraskevi, Greenlawn, New York, President, Georgia Constantine

Metropolis of Chicago

Chapter 2054, Assumption, Town and Country, MO, President Eleftheria Marco

Metropolis of Boston

Chapter 3041, St. George, Springfield, MA, President, Debra Ciejek

Metropolis of Denver

Chapter 8022, St. George, Albuquerque, NM, President, Stephanie Gianopoulos

Metropolis of Atlanta

Chapter 5012, St. Nicholas Cathedral, Tarpon Spring, FL, President, Tina Chagaris

Metropolis of Detroit

Chapter 7007, St. Nicholas, Ann Arbor, MI, President, Vangie Kolokithas

Metropolis of Pittsburgh

Chapter 6011, St. Paul Church, N. Royalton, OH, President Stephanie Ocker

Metropolis of San Francisco

Chapter 4037, St. John the Baptist, Las Vegas, NV, President, Bernadette Anthony

Metropolis of New Jersey

Chapter 1034, Cathedral of St. John the Theologian, Tenafly, President, Stella Baker


2016 Chapter Challenges

Direct Archdiocesan District

Chapter 0012, Saint Sophia Cathedral

Washington, DC

PROJECT: Partners for Kids in Care- Support for Foster Children

Together with Saint Sophia parishioners, the chapter provided backpacks with school supplies, holiday clothes and gifts, and items for graduation and prom, with items received from individual drives. Some of these items were available through a "Free Store." They established a connection and partnership with the local community to brighten the lives of foster children and their families.


Metropolis of Chicago

Chapter 2046, Ascension of our Lord

Lincolnshire, IL

PROJECT: Fill the Bag

The chapter created and distributed five types of bags filled with items for specific groups, to meet the physical and spiritual requirements of individuals in need.  The bags were: a child’s book bag, a feed the hungry bag, a prison ministry bag, a veteran’s bag and a bag of comfort.  The bags were distributed throughout the year and included an appropriate Bible verse. The simple template can be reproduced by other chapters across the country.  


Metropolis of Boston

Chapter 3027, St. Nicholas

Lexington, MA

PROJECT: Expansion of Our Current Feeding the Hungry Programs

When asked to participate in the Chapter Challenge 2014-2016, rather than initiate a new project, St. Nicholas chose to expand on their existing efforts to help feed those in need. They increased their participation in many city-wide ecumenical feed the hungry programs, donated funds to state-wide programs, worked at a city garden that produces vegetables and herbs to be delivered to a food pantry and worked at the interfaith food pantry. In addition, they enlisted the support of their entire parish community for donations, and their GOYA assisted the effort with a canned food drive.


Metropolis of Denver

Chapter 8036, Annunciation Cathedral

Houston, TX

PROJECT: One Parish United in Philanthropy

The chapter encouraged everyone in the church community to “Think Philanthropy” and be “One Parish United in Philanthropy.”  They forwarded ideas and information on how to contribute to local charities, such as homeless shelters, by having regular collections of needed items.  They gave household supplies to Star of Hope Shelters, hosted a luncheon for seniors and made Christmas baskets for homebound and nursing home parishioners.


Metropolis of Atlanta

Chapter 5060, Saint Mark

Boca Raton, FL

PROJECT: Caring Kitchen

The Caring Kitchen is a soup kitchen in Delray Beach that provides meals for those in need.  Once a month, a small group of chapter members-- including younger members-- shops for ingredients and cooks a meal in the church kitchen. GOYA members assemble toiletry packs for the clients to use in the shower rooms. When Caring Kitchen was notified by the city that they would have to move due to neighborhood complaints, the chapter gave the current facility a "facelift" for a clean, fresh look. They power washed and painted the building, and planted shrubs, so that the building was attractive in its active months before the move.


Metropolis of Detroit

Chapter 7035, Annunciation Cathedral

Buffalo, NY

PROJECT: Assisting Refugees Far & Near            PowerPoint Presentation

The Philoptochos of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Buffalo, New York, is focusing on “Assisting Refugees Far and Near,” by aiding two groups of individuals attempting to start new and better lives. The chapter is pairing with a refugee center to provide baby supplies to refugee mothers and expectant mothers. The chapter is also assisting women and children who are “refugees” from domestic violence. They have paired with another local agency, and are providing them with financial assistance and materials for their program.


Metropolis of Pittsburgh

Chpater 6038, Saint Nicholas Cathedral

Pittsburgh, PA

PROJECT: FOCUS on Feeding the Children           PowerPoint Presentation

The chapter worked on “Focus on Feeding the Children” with Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve (FOCUS).  The chapter partnered with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to help pack and distribute food in bags to over 2,000 students on the North Side of Pittsburgh so they can eat over the weekend.


Metropolis of San Francisco

Chapter 4021, Saint Spyridon

San Diego, CA

PROJECT: Blessings from Philoptochos

The chapter distributed 500 “Blessing Bags,” (cinch knapsacks) containing necessities and a spiritual message for the homeless in San Diego County.  Packs were filled with donated items from local business owners and members of the chapter and parish.  High school students participated, to gain community service hours and insight into the growing needs of the homeless community.


Metropolis of New Jersey

Chapter 1018, Saint Demetrios Cathedral

Baltimore, MD

PROJECT: Bridging the Digital Divide

The chapter's work entailed supporting computer access and literacy for the underprivileged of the Baltimore Metropolitan area.  This encompassed computer literacy (including job search) programs, and the reusing and recycling of computers-- to promote His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s “green” vision for environmental sustainability.



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