The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society

The Philoptochos, literally “friend of the poor”, is the Philanthropic arm of the church dedicated to the service of humanity for over 100 years.

Our general meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm.

2019-2020 Board Members

Stella Baker PRESIDENT (NJ METROPOLIS HONORARY BOARD MEMBER)
Audrey Soussou 1ST VICE PRESIDENT
Anna Lilikas 2ND VICE PRESIDENT
Maria Kamilaris TREASURER
Vivian Karsos ASST. TREASURER
Georgia Christofides RECORDING SECRETARY
Athena Apostle CORRESPONDING SECRETARY

Board Members:
Annemarie Chicles
Polyxeni Derdemezis
Katina Halkias
Anastasia Economos
Joanne Kontos
Effie Michael’s
Harriet Nikolaidis
Aspasia Panaretos
Marina Philliou
Francesca Puelo
Effie Popovski
Sotiroula Savva
Moria Tsocanos
Agathi Xenopoulos

Chapter Past Presidents:
Visilia Azotata
Barbara Kostakis
Koala Poneros
Aspasia Melis – National Board Member; NJ Metropolis Past President and NJ Metropolis Honorary Board Member

 

The Philoptochos is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America that has offered eighty 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.

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.