Philoptochos is the philanthropic heart of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Its mission is 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 natural disasters.
Philoptochos' philanthropic outreach extends to all areas of the country and throughout the world. In 2018, National Philoptochos distributed close to $1.5 million in philanthropic aid. The Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos dispersed an additional $57,000, not including funds dispersed by individual chapters.
Philoptochos’ focus includes addressing topics such as child abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, human trafficking, bullying, women’s health, substance abuse, and aging.
In addition to outreach through its 56 active chapters throughout the Metropolis of Chicago, recent outreach activities include:
- A bi-weekly Feed the Hungry program at the Annunciation Cathedral in Chicago that has served almost 100,000 thousand meals to date
- Metropolis-wide Vasilopita, the Lenten Retreat, the annual September Luncheon, the Metropolitan Nathanael’s Name Day Open House, and the Metropolis Christmas Open House
- Providing 1.3 million meals to the hungry within communities across the country 2016-2018
- The annual Philoptochos “Make a Difference Day” to involve children in philanthropy
- Fundraising devoted to the Aid to Greece & Cyprus Campaign, disaster relief, and aiding U.S. serviceman and servicewomen
Click here to view the Philoptochos Calendar of Chapters' Events (2019-2020).