Philoptochos (Friends of the Poor) is one of the largest Women’s Organizations within the United States
and is the philanthropic heart of Assumption, undertaking a multitude of philanthropic programs to aid the poor, the sick, and the elderly. We encourage both Men (as Associate Members) and Women to become involved. Any Orthodox Christian in good standing within the Orthodox Church is encouraged to become a member.
Our Board Meetings are held the 2nd Sunday of each month, and our general membership meetings are held twice a year, usually in October and March.
Genesis of Philoptochos
The Society was established at the diocese level in November 1931, by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I, who was then serving as Archbishop of North and South America. The structure of Philoptochos includes the National Board, Metropolis Boards and Chapters in the parishes of the Archdiocese. There are approximately 480 Philoptochos Chapters throughout the United States.
Since the late 1950s, 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.
Since 1987, the National Philoptochos office has employed a professional Social Worker, engaged in assisting the Greek Orthodox community in the United States as well as Greek and Cypriot nationals. The Department of Social Services is a very important, vital element of our organization. The mission of the Department is to improve the quality of life of those in need, in a way that maintains the dignity and self-respect of the individuals. Through confidential and professional services, the office provides outreach, education, information, support, intervention, motivation, advocacy, financial assistance and referral to local and broader resources. The website of the department of Social Services can be accessed here: http://philoptochos.org/programs/socialservices/.