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About the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Chairman
His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, Spiritual Advisor
Maria Logus, Esq., President
Helen Lavorata, Director

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America that has offered 85 years of philanthropy through a multitude of programs that make a difference in the lives of people in the United States and throughout the world.  The Society was established in November 1931, by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I, who was then serving as Archbishop of North and South America.

Philoptochos fulfills its mission to “help the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, those with disabilities and the victims of disasters through its National and Metropolis Boards and its 26,000 members and more than 400 active chapters, nationwide.  Philoptochos responds immediately to needs and crises and its philanthropic outreach extends to each area of the country and throughout the world. In 2015, National Philoptochos distributed $1.74 million in philanthropic aid.

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America called Philoptochos, “an army of nobility and the jewel of our Church.  Philoptochos must continue to do what God does by loving people.”

Since the late 1950's, upon the recommendation of Archbishop Iakovos, Philoptochos has placed an increased emphasis on the implementation of important programs to benefit the Greek Orthodox community, including, but not limited to, institutions of the Church, the philanthropies of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and assistance to Greek and Greek Orthodox families. Involvement in social and moral issues encouraged the establishment of several committees to address topics such as child abuse prevention, domestic violence, homelessness, pornography, drug and alcohol abuse, and aging.

Since 1987, the National Philoptochos office has employed a professional Social Worker, engaged in assisting the Greek Orthodox community in the United States as well as Greek and Cypriot nationals. The Department of Social Services is a very important, vital element of our organization. The mission of the Department is to improve the quality of life of those in need, in a way that maintains the dignity and self-respect of the individuals. Through confidential and professional services, the office provides outreach, education, information, support, intervention, motivation, advocacy, financial assistance and referral to local and broader resources. The website of the department of Social Services can be accessed here: http://philoptochos.org/programs/socialservices

Some recent Philoptochos Society outreach activities include:

  1. Provided assistance to families who suffered in the Hurricane Sandy disaster
  2. Presented Homeward Bound Baskets to Philadelphia Veteran's MultiService Center
  3. Continued providing funding through the Aid to Greece and Cyprus Campaign
  4. Supported Girls Educational and Mentoring Service (GEMS)
  5. Partnered with the Loukoumi Foundation on Literacy Awareness and Make a Difference Day
  6. Provided funding to aid flood victims in Serbia

For further information contact:

Helen Lavorata
National Philoptochos Office
(212) 977-7770

Stella Xikis
National Philoptochos Office
(212) 977-7770

Paulette Geannacopoulos
Social Worker
Social Services office
(212) 977-7782

Rania Richardson
Communications Manager
National Philoptochos Office
(212) 977-7770

          Please send news and photos to: communications@philoptochos.org         

Kay Brakatselos
Adminstrative Assistant, Philoptochos Shoppe
National Philoptochos Office
(212) 977-7770

126 East 37th Street
New York, NY 10016
Tel. (212) 977-7770 -- Fax (212) 977-7784
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