Women's Philoptochos Committee

The Women's Philoptochos Committee (WPC) of the Annunciation is our local branch of the National Women's Philoptochos Society. The mission of the society is to promote charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach to preserve the sanctity of life and family and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox faith and traditions. If you are interested in becoming a member of this philanthropic organization, please contact the Church Office at (716) 882-9485.

For more information on the National Women's Philoptochos please visit their site at, National Women's Philoptochos Society.

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A Brief History of Philoptochos

1902 Ladies group established in NYC at Holy Trinity Church

1909 A second Ladies philanthropic group formed in Chicago

1922 Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North & South America was founded

1928 NYC granted a charter to the Holy Trinity Philoptochos group recognizing it as an official philanthropic organization

1931 Archbishop Athenagoras set the wheels in motion to join local women's group into a national organization

1931 Philoptochos was granted official status as an Archdiocesan organization Today Philoptochos is the largest Christian Women's philanthropic organization in the United States with over 450 chapters. To learn more about the national Philoptochos Society, visit their website at www.philoptochos.org

What Does Women's Philoptochos Support?

Parish Level ($3278 in 2009)

* Sunday school (laminator, refreshments, educational materials) * Vacation Bible School * Festival * Beautification of our church * Mission trips * Individual families through the Priest's Discretionary Fund * Youth Council (fundraising, camp bus, basketball tournament expenses) * Shut-ins * Orthodox Action projects * Hosting church events (Pan Orthodox vespers, Annunciation feastday dinner) * Palm crosses, easter egg dying Local Charities: ($2915 in 2009) * CEM soup kitchen – Loaves & Fishes * Variety Club (Children's Hospital) * Roswell Park Cancer Institute * Ronald McDonald House * Kevin Guest House * Buffalo Federation of Women's Clubs (scholarships) * TRY (Teaching Responsible Youth) * Gilda's Club * Women & Children's Hospital service of remembrance reception * WNY vets (donation of blankets from stitch & bless group) * Hearts for the Homeless * Be an Angel Christmas projects (Born Hava) * Christmas Shoeboxes (local Buffalo schoolchildren) Metropolis ($1074 in fairshare dues + $1374 in donations in 2009) * Scholarships * Summer Camp * Emergency Relief * St. Spyridon * Friends of the Metropolis National ($1040 in fairshare dues + $4260 in donations in 2009) * St. Basil's * Social Services * Autism Assistance fund * St. Photios Shrine * Orthodox Christian Mission Center * Hellenic College/Holy Cross * IOCC International Orthodox Christian Charities * SAMP Support a Mission Priest * OCF Orthodox Christian Fellowship * Retired Clergy & Widowed Presvyteres Benevolent Fund * UNICEF United Nations Children's Emergency Fund * Ecumenical Patriarch * Founder's Fund (to support continuing care facilities for the aging Greek Orthodox population) * Cancer Fund * General Medical Fund * National Sisterhood of Presvyteres Benevolent Fund * St. Innocent's/Project Mexico

Philoptochos Myths & Facts

Myth: Philoptochos is only for "old ladies".Fact: Philoptochos is open to ALL ladies aged 18 and older. We encourage and need young members!

Myth: All Philoptochos does is bake. Fact: We do bake a lot, but we do MUCH more! We have informative meetings with guest speakers; we have a subgroup that makes scarves, hats, and blankets; we fundraise for numerous charities; we have dinner and luncheon meetings.

Myth: All Philoptochos money goes outside our community. Fact: Philoptochos donates to a ranges of charities that are international, national, metropolis based, local, and parish specific.

Myth: Philoptochos doesn't need me. Fact: Philoptochos is a tradition that will not survive unless we each become a "friend of the poor". Even if you can only help a little, Philoptochos NEEDS YOU!

Summary

Women's Philoptochos Committee The Women's Philoptochos Committee(WPC) is one of the main philanthropic organizations of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. It is comprised of women aged 18 years and up, and is charged with a number of philanthropic missions. Our group in Buffalo contributes to causes in our own parish, to local charities, to Metropolis causes and to national and international charities. A complete list of the organizations that benefit from WPC is listed below. In 2009 the Women's Philoptochos Committee of HOCA donated over $13,000 to numerous causes. We fundraise through bake sales, luncheons, a theme tray auction, cookbook sales, and teas. On specific Sundays a second tray is collected by WPC members and proceeds are designated for Philoptochos causes such as St. Basil's or Hellenic College/Holy Cross. WPC is for women who are seeking to fulfill the mission of being "Friend to the Poor". We encourage you join us in this fulfilling ministry! Our membership year runs from January to December and fairshare contribution is $25 per year. If you are not yet a member of Women's Philoptochos, please consider joining us.

Women's Philoptochos Committee Mission Statement The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. is the duly accredited women's philanthropic society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The mission of the Society shall be: * To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fundraising efforts; and * To promote the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources; * To preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian concepts and the Orthodox Christina Family, and through them, to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs; * To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the Parish Priest and Parish Council. The charitable work of the Society shall be performed with discretion, courtesy and kindness.