Welfare for the Philippine People
The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, amidst the season of Thanksgiving, offers service in the name of the Lord mindful of His many blessings.
We are equally mindful of the supreme tragedies and hardships faced by our fellow brothers and sisters in other parts of the world. They may be far away but they are our sisters and brothers and we are all God's children. Typhoon Haiyan has ravaged vast swaths in the major city of Tacloban in the Philippines leaving people displaced, homeless, without food and clean water, struggling to survive.
National Philoptochos Fellowship Sunday
In our ongoing effort to assist as many people as possible, we must take action and demonstrate our love. Let us join hands throughout our Holy Archdiocese and in every Parish across the Nation and take part on Sunday, September 22, 2013 for National Philoptochos Fellowship Sunday to aid our brothers and sisters. On this day, Philoptochos Chapters are asked to raise funds by hosting a Parish fellowship hour in support of the National Philoptochos Aid to Greece and Cyprus Campaign.
Aid to Greece and Cyprus
In our ongoing effort to demonstrate our love in action, the Aid to Greece and Cyprus Campaign is being conducted through two initiatives.
Thank you beloved Philoptochos Stewards for sponsoring fundraisers throughout the United States to aid our brothers and sisters in Greece. As a result of your great efforts, National Philoptochos has disbursed financial assistance totaling $210,000. Below is a listing of donations made in 2012 and 2013.
The impact of the European economic crisis has severly affected Greece and now Cyprus. The crisis is expanding and deepening, affecting all sectors of society. Both countries require humanitarian aid and the need increases daily.
The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, with the help of your philanthropia, has donated a total of $210,000, to date, to organizations and philanthropic agencies.
To see where National Philoptochos has made donations in Greece, click here.
Talking To Your Children About Violent Events
Although we would like to protect our children from hearing about events like the Boston Marathon bombings, the school or movie theater shootings in Newtown, CT and Aurora, CO the repeated images and reporting on television and internet postings don’t allow this. But what we can do is talk about these events to our children to help them understand what happened and to help them cope with their emotions in a healthy manner. For suggested steps to help you appropriately address the questions, concerns and feelings of anxiety that your children may have, please click here.
Volunteer to Help Re-build
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, together with Parishes and Philoptochos continue to work to offer assistance to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Many families in our Archdiocese were affected by this disaster and we are currently planning ways to offer them tangible assistance. Specifically, we hope to organize teams of volunteers to help with the renovation of damaged homes. To this end, we are currently recruiting volunteers who can offer their time and talent to provide skilled labor in construction related areas (flooring, drywall, painting, etc.) as well as those without construction experience who are willing to offer their hard work. Ideally, the volunteers will spend a day (or more), most likely a Saturday, taking on specific projects to repair homes. A sign-up form for prospective volunteers can be found at www.philanthropy.goarch.org. You can also contact the Department of Philanthropy of the Archdiocese via phone: 212-774-0283, or email: email@example.com for more information. Thank you!
Constantin Ursache, Associate Director
Archdiocese Department of Philanthropy
Tips to help the children in your life deal with tragedy.
This is a synopsis of what has been done to date and the ongoing efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy rebuild their lives.
Give a family a new start by helping to rebuild their lives by participating in the National Philoptochos Society’s Adopt-a-Family Project. This project addresses the immediate and long-term needs of victims of the tragedy left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Your Chapter will be partnered with one family in need. You will be able to assist the family with a donation of a gift card to stores such as Target, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Sears, Home Depot or Lowes, where they may directly purchase what they need. To learn more about how you can help by participating in the Adopt-a-Family project, please click here.
In order to coordinate our efforts to assist the victims of this storm, the National Philoptochos Society has established the National Philoptochos Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. Please make best efforts to assist and send your contributions big or small to the National Philoptochos Society, 7 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019 marked for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund or donate here.