Aid to Greece and Cyprus
Following the financial crisis that swept the globe in 2008, few countries were more adversely impacted than Greece and Cyprus. By 2013, the unemployment rate of our Greek brethren reached a devastating 28%---worse than the United States suffered during the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Since 2012, Philoptochos stewards have sought to provide a measure of relief for the suffering of our brethren through the Aid to Greece and Cyprus initiative, whose mission is to assist, support, and enhance the quality of life for the struggling citizens of Greece and Cyprus. Our philanthropic efforts have consisted of three paths:
- Reaching out to our Philoptochos chapters across the nation to demonstrate their commitment by offering fellowship fundraising for the cause.
- Sponsoring a “Heart to Heart Pop-Up Kafé,” where small groups of people gather for a simple coffee social and are asked for a small donation. These small events are easy to host, require little time and effort and are designed to be sessions of camaraderie, purpose and awareness.
- Personal appeals to individual stewards wishing to contribute to this important initiative.
Through the generosity of our chapters and individual stewards across the U.S., Philoptochos has disbursed
in excess of $1 million
since 2012 to provide shelter, meals, electricity, medicine, emergency supplies and other necessities of life, as well as to support after school programs, to provide educational and social counseling for children, and to aid elderly seniors. These funds were distributed not only through the Aid to Greece and Cyprus program, but also through the Autism Assistance Fund, as well as monies raised through special appeals to provide humanitarian relief following the devastating fires in Athens and the earthquake in Mytiline. All funds have been distributed to charities that are carefully reviewed, evaluated and vetted by the National President and Executive Board of Philoptochos and its Spiritual Advisor.
National Philoptochos Aid to Greece & Cyprus Campaign
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.
This year in our Heart to Heart Campaign, we prayerfully ask you to renew your commitment by commemorating OXI Day (October 28) with a fundraising event, perhaps hosting a loukoumades and coffee fellowship following Liturgy on Sunday, October 29. Please ask your Parish Priest to bless this endeavor and to inform the community about the severity of the situation to encourage Parish involvement.
For a copy of the complete letter from Feb.1, excerpted above, please click here .
Philoptochos Announces $115,000 in Disbursements
for Greece & Cyprus
The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. is pleased to announce that on July 3, its Executive Board approved disbursements totaling $115,000 for aid to the people of Greece & Cyprus bringing total support to $789,120. For details, read the articles below.
Click here to read the details in an English language report in Greek News
Click here to read the details in a Greek language report in Greek News
Click here to read the details in a Greek language report in The National Herald
This video shows the work of Apostoli, a philanthropic agency in Greece. Under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Philoptochos Society, with its Aid to Greece & Cyprus Fund, supports Apostoli and other humanitarian organizations. Apostoli is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization founded by the Social Services Department of Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Athens, which provides general aid to the people of Athens suffering from hunger, disability and illness.
AID TO GREECE AND CYPRUS CAMPAIGN DISBURSEMENTS
National Philoptochos is pleased to announce that on July 3, 2017 its Executive Board approved disbursements totaling $115,000 for aid to the people of Greece and Cyprus bringing total support to $789,120.
2017 (Donation Total: $115,000 as of July 2017)
$30,000 TO THREE PARTIALLY OR ENTIRELY REFUGEE METROPOLISES OF CYPRUS, FOR FOOD AND ASSISTANCE WITH UTILITY BILLS, HOUSING AND MEDICAL EXPENSES, ETC. ($10,000 EACH)
$20,000 TO APOSTOLI
$20,000 TO HOLY METROPOLIS OF MYTILINE TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO THE VILLAGES DESTROYED BY THE VERY RECENT EARTHQUAKE IN LESVOS (MYTILINE), GREECE
$15,000 TO SYNDESMOS GIA ATOMA ME AFTISMO (ASSOCIATION FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH AUTISM) IN LIMASOL, CYPRUS
$10,000 TO LYREIO PAIDIKO IDRYMA- SS ANARGYROI, AN ECCLESIASTICAL ENTITY UNDER THE CARE OF THE NUNS FROM THE CONVENT OF HOLY TRINITY IN MATI, ATTIKI
$10,000 TO DEMETREION CENTER OF APOSTOLI IN MOSHATO, GREECE, AN AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM GREECE FOR THE CARE OF UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN
$10,000 TO ECUMENICAL FEDERATION OF CONSTANTINOPOLITANS FOR HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO DEPRIVED, EXPATRIATED GREEKS OF CONSTANTINOPLE
August 2017: In Limasol, Cyprus, National Philoptochos Spiritual Advisor, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos offers a donation to Syndesmos Gia Atoma Me Aftismo (Association for Children and Adults with Autism).
2016 (Donation Total: $90,000)
$30,000 TO ARCHDIOCESE OF ATHENS FOR THE DEMETREION CENTER OF APOSTOLI
$20,000 TO THERAPEFTIKO KENTRO PAIDION KVPRIAKOU ERVTHROU STAVROU-STELLA SOULLIOTI
$20,000 TO SVNDESMOS GIA ATOMA ME AFTISMO FOR CYPRUS AUTISM PROGRAM
$10,000 TO METROPOLIS OF ILIAS FOR FEEDING PROGRAMS
$10,000 TO METROPOLIS OF PATRAS FOR SOUP KITCHEN
2015 (Donation Total: $77,120)
$50,000 TO IOCC FOR GENERAL AID TO GREECE-(from the IOCC Fund)
$15,000 TO ARCHDIOCESEOF ATHENS FOR DEMETREION CENTER IN MOSCHATO, ATHENS
$10,000 TO GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE FOR THE INDEPENDENT SOCIAL SUPPORT BODY OF CYPRUS
$ 2,120 FOR ASSISTANCE TO FAMILIES IN GREECE
2014 (Donation Total: $82,000)
$20,000 TO ARCHDIOCESE OF CYPRUS
$15,000 ARCHDIOCESE OF ATHENS FOR APOSTOLI
$15,000 ARCHDIOCESE OF ATHENS FOR APOSTOLI AFTER SCHOOL IN MOSCHATO
$12,000 TO ARCHDIOCESE OF ATHENS, FOR APOSTOLI -MOSCHATO
$10,000 TO INDEPENDANT SOCIAL SUPPORT BODY IN CYPRUS
$10,000 TO METROPOLIS OF KVKKOS AND TELLERIA, CYPRUS
2013 (Donation Total: $240,000)
$75,000 TO CYPRUS IN 7 HOLY BISHOPRICS (METROPOLISES)
$30,000 TO APOSTOLI FOR THE NEW CENTER IN MOSCHATO CARING THE CHILDREN
$25,000 TO DOCTORS WITOUT BORDERS-GREECE* ($7,000 was donated from General Medical Fund)
$25,000 TO IOCC FOR THE JAHARIS MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM TO AID GREECE*(from IOCC Fund)
$25,000 TO THE HOLY ARCHDIOCESE OF ATHENS -FOR APOSTOLI AS A GENERAL DONATION
$20,000 TO IOCC TO IN AID TO THE NEEDY PEOPLE OF GREECE
$20,000 TO THE HOLY ARCHDIOCESE OF ATHENS -FOR APOSTOLI AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
$20,000 TO CYPRUS AUTISM ASSOCIATION
2012 (Donation Total: $185,000)
$50,000 TO APOSTOLI FOR GENERAL AID TO THE PEOPLE OF ATHENS
$50,000 TO THE HOLY METROPOLIS OF THESSALONIKI AID TO NEEDY PEOPLE
$25,000 TO THE HOLY ARCHDIOCESE OF CRETE FOR FOOD AND SUPPLIES TO NEEDY PEOPLE
$25,000 TO THE THEOTOKOS FOUNDATION WHICH PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, IN ILION, ATIIKI
$25,000 TO IOCC FOR FIRST RESPONSE-ASSISTANCE TO NEEDY FAMILIES IN GREECE*(Emergency Fund)
$10,000 TO KIVOTOS TOU KOSMOU, IN ATHENS, GREECE WHICH PROVIDES SHELTER FOR CHILDREN
News from Philoptochos Supported Ministries
in Greece and Cyprus
A Report by His Grace, Bishop Sevastianos
Many times in our ministry to those in need, we do not get to see the fruit of our labor, but in some exceptional cases God affords us the opportunity to witness the result of our efforts. Last month I had the opportunity to visit charities that the Society, through your generosity, has supported both in Greece and Cyprus and I wanted to share with you first hand the difference that you have made in the lives of those in need. Click here to read the details.