Our name “Philoptochos” means “friends of the poor”. For over 80 years, we have been the philanthropic heart of the Greek Orthodox Church of America. Philoptochos exemplifies Christian stewardship…visiting and caring for the sick and elderly…providing for the poor and needy…reaching out to heal infirmities of our changing society…giving moral support to families torn apart…these are only a few examples of our Christian ministry of love.
The mission of Share the Light is to actively share the love of Christ to those in our community who are facing difficult challenges. Our ministry aims to bring encouragement through prayer, cards, calls, and visitation, and to offer comfort and aid where need exists.
Members of our Prayer Shawl Ministry knit, crochet or sew shawls as they pray for those who are in need of comfort. The shawl is a tangible way for the recipient to feel the warmth and love of our community and the embrace of God’s comfort and healing, compassion and peace. If you are interested in being part of the Prayer Shawl Ministry, know someone in need of the comfort of a prayer shawl, or would like to donate yarn, please contact Pam Toundas.
Handmade for the Homeless, knit a scarf or donate 1 ½ yards of fleece for us to sew scarves for the homeless. If you are interested in being part of the Handmade for the Homeless ministry please contact: Pam Toundas or Stacy Kokkinos.
Ronald McDonald House Meals – Have fun making dinner and cute desserts for those families with sick children that are staying at Ronald McDonald House. Contact Effie Lasoff.
Pop Tops for Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald House wants the pop tabs off your aluminum cans! They’ll be recycled for cash to help provide housing for families visiting Jacksonville while their children receive medical care. Just put them in the RMH container on the Philoptochos table in the Church Hall.
Join Us – Touching someone’s life is as easy as sending a card, making a meal, or saving pop tops. We invite you to discover that greater depth of love – a love for others and a greater love for God and His purpose in our lives. You can help in a supportive or active role, whichever fits your schedule. There are many ways to make a difference in people’s lives, but it takes many loving hands to make the difference a reality. Join us and help us make a difference in our community. Your involvement of one hour or one day will help benefit our philanthropic endeavors. If you are interested in being part of Philoptochos, please contact Effie Lasoff, Membership Chair.