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.
2018-2019 Board Members
Stella Baker PRESIDENT (NJ METROPOLIS HONORARY BOARD MEMBER)
Aspasia Panaretos 1ST VICE PRESIDENT
Sotiroula Savva 2ND VICE PRESIDENT
Maria Kamilaris TREASURER
Sophia Kinnis ASST. TREASURER
Georgia Christofides RECORDING SECRETARY
Athena Apostle CORRESPONDING SECRETARY
*NJ METROPLIS HONORARY BOARD MEMBER
HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS Vasiliki Azzatta , Aspasia Melis, Marina Philliou**
NATIONAL PHILOPTOCHOS BOARD MEMBER & PAST PRESIDENT OF NJ METROPOLIS
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.