Philoptochos is proud to offer "Shopping for Seniors" .

 
In this most difficult times, we must find a way to support all those we love and those who need help around us. 
 
Philoptochos is proud to offer "Shopping for Seniors" . This new Initiative will provide a service for our elderly or for those immuno-compromised who cannot leave their homes as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and who don't have anyone to help them shop. 
 
Our Volunteers will pick up  groceries or medications and will drop at your front door. If you or anyone you know needs this service, please reach out to our coordinators.
 
Here is how it will work... 
Once you contact the coordinator, they will give you the name of the volunteer who will be contacting you. 
The volunteer will call you and arrange to shop or pick up items for you. They will  arrange a delivery time with you.
 
If there is a charge for the items being picked up, you are kindly asked to reimburse the volunteer by placing your check in an envelope with volunteers name on it in your mailbox. The volunteer will pick it up once they drop off your items at your door. 
 
Please be careful to follow the guidance of our officials. Stay safe and stay healthy and pray for the souls of those who have fallen, for a quick recovery of those fighting this virus and for the safety of all those risking their lives to help us through this crisis every day. 
 
God's blessings to all, 
Stella Baker
 
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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.

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 Michalos
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

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