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Recently the work of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society was featured in the Pappas Post in honor of their yearlong commitment to care for the hungry. Their Feeding the Hungry program has been a success and their goal to feed 250,000 meals was not only reached but surpassed!
How did they do it? According to the article, “Some chapters cooked and served the homeless and hungry at their church halls, and some partnered with community-based organizations in soup kitchens and on city streets. This information was shared with chapters seeking to start a new program or to improve or broaden an existing one.”
The women found opportunities through monthly commitments and single events throughout the year.
During the Philoptochos Convention /Clergy-Laity Congress in Nashville, delegates from Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, gave it one more push and rolled up their sleeves to assemble 25,000 meals in partnership with Feeding Children Everywhere. Feeding Children Everywhere is an organization that provides the materials necessary for a nutritional meal, (beans, rice, salt) which volunteers package into individual bags, and box.
By the end of the year, the women worked to feed over 750,000, tripling their original goal!
“The challenge was generously and fervently supported by so many chapters and members, that it met and far exceeded our aspirations to help those in need,” said President Logus. “This inspires us to continue and to do even more.”
LEARN ABOUT PHILOPTOCHOS
The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and 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.
Philoptochos fulfills its mission through its National and Metropolis Boards and its 26,000 members and more than 400 active chapters, nationwide. In 2015, National Philoptochos distributed $1.74 million in philanthropic aid.
Major initiatives include the Feeding the Hungry, Aid to Greece & Cyprus Campaign, support of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine, Domestic Violence services, Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon and many other programs.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PHILOPTOCHOS SOCIETY
The National Philoptochos Society mission is to charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach to preserve the sanctity of life and family and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox faith and traditions.” The organization is led by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Chairman, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, Spiritual Advisor, Maria Logus, President, Arlene Siavelis Kehl, First Vice President, Evangeline Mekras Scurtis, Second Vice President, Jeannie Ranglas, Third Vice President, Christine Karavites, Secretary, Martha Stefanidakis, Treasurer, Georgia Vlitas, Assistant Treasurer and Aphrodite Skeadas, Advisor. The organization’s Director is Helen Lavorata.
- The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America that has offered eighty-five 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.
- His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America called Philoptochos, “an army of nobility and the jewel of our Church.”
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