Philoptochos

 

About Philoptochos

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos society is the official philanthropic women’s organization of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and one of the largest Christian women’s organizations in America.  The name means “friend of the poor” being derived from the Greek words philo(friend) + ptohos (poor).  Established in 1931, this non-profit organization is comprised of over 25,000 members in more than 480 chapters nationwide. The Holy Apostles chapter is one of the largest chapters nationwide with about 200 members. 

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote charitable and philanthropic outreach by aiding the poor, the hungry, the sick, the orphaned and the victims of disasters.

 

The Holy Apostles Chapter

  • More than 50 years of Philanthropic Endeavors
  • This chapter supports a variety of philanthropic and charitable organizations as well as programs that benefit our parish.  
  • Our volunteers assist year-round with projects and fundraising events to benefit the local community and national and international communitites.
  • The Holy Apostles chapter has donated over 250,000 over the last 5 years to charitable causes.

 

           Holy Apostles Philoptochos Society-2017

 

Board of Directors for 2019-20

 

Officers

President – Cynthia Stathopoulos  

1st Vice President – Anne Theophilos

2nd Vice President – Antella Thiakos

Treasurer – Nia Kouchis   

Asst. Treasurer – Eleni Poteres   

Corresponding Secretary – Emily Rehn 

Recording Secretary – Tina Dillon

Advisor - Faye Adams

 

Board Members

Chrisie Alex

Aleka Ernst

Wanita Loupakos

Cathy Magas 

Aleka Mandelaris

Patty McKay

Evelyn Paleothodoros

Terry Parafink

Maria Patt

Anthoula Pomrening

Bess Shizas

Margo Tomaras

Sundy Urban

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Holy Apostles Vespers and Feast Day

 

Vespers - Saturday June 29th and Feast Day - Sunday, June 30th

 

Philoptochos is hosting both the reception following Vespers Saturday evening and the reception following the Feast Day Divine Liturgy on Sunday.  Volunteers are need to help with set up on Saturday morning and to assist with serving and clean up on Saturday and Sunday.  Donations of Greek pastries or other baked good are also needed.  

Please contact either Maria Patt (630)832-5614/mariapatt54@gmail.com OR Emily Rehn (708)369-9365/platovalentine@yahoo.com if you would like to help or donate baked goods.

                                     

 

                                     Membership Night (2019/2020)

                                                        Tuesday, September 17th

                                      LaBarra in Oak Brook (301 Butterfield Road) at 7:00pm. 

                                                            More details to come!

 

Past Events:

 

Collection Drives

Thank you to all who donated to our collection drives this year.  Holy Apostles collected 103 pounds of food for HCS Family services in March.  This translates to roughly 86 meals.  From September through the HCS Food Drive in March, a grand total of 680 pounds of food, or roughly 567 meals was collected for those in need.  Other recipients included the People's Resource Center and Loaves & Fishes.

We also collected 136 blankets and 615 children's books for the Peoples Resource Center in February.  PRC gives each of their clients who is expecting as well as clients with infants a layette.  The blankets we collected will be included in these layettes.  The books we collected are used in multiple ways.  Some of the books are part of birthday bags that are given to each child.  Other books are available to children whose parents are taking classes offered by PRC throughout DuPage County.  PRC was extremely grateful for this very generous donation!!!

 

Feed My Starving Children

 

        

Holy Apostles volunteers packed specially formulated meals for children in need at the Feed My Starving Children facility in Aurora on Saturday April 6th.  They packed 24 boxes of food!

 

             Poised for Success Collection Drive

We collected one rack of gently used professional clothing and accessories for Poised for Success in May 2019.  This non-profit organization provides professional clothing for women in need to wear 

Feed the Hungry

 

Holy Apostles Philoptochos sponsored the annual Feed the Hungry commitment at the Annunciation Cathedral in Chicago on May 14th.  Holy Apostles volunteers provided the food and drinks, served the meal, and provided socks and baseball caps.

 

                       

 

General Meeting

 

Chicago area award-winning author Paula Renee Burzawa discussed her new book, Eternal Stones and Other Memories of Greece on Thursday, May 16th in the multi-purpose roomPhiloptochos Board elections were also held that night.  Please click here for a detailed book description and author biography. 

 

 

 

A message from our 2015-2019 President Faye Adams                       

Philoptochos Calendar 2018-2019

Philotochos Volunteer Sign Up  

National Philoptochos Link

 

Philoptochos welcomes new members!  If you have any questions, please contact our Membership Chair, Chrisie Alex, at (630) 272-0737.