St. Nicholas Ladies Philoptochos Society
What is Philoptochos?
St. Nicholas Philoptochos Society provides the women of our parish with opportunities to use their God-given gifts in the service of the Church and community. Always, women have been a vital force and source of strength for the Church, beginning with the Theotokos. Meaning “friend to the poor”, Philoptochos seeks to meet the needs of our parish and its members, the local needy, and the Orthodox community worldwide.
Established in 1931 by Archbishop Athenagoras, Philoptochos Societies are found in Orthodox parishes everywhere. They function at the local, diocesan, national, and international levels. The largest organization of Greek Orthodox women, and one of the largest women’s organizations in the United States, Philoptochos supports many charities, while also spiritually enriching its members through their participation.
What Does Philoptochos Do?
Through major fundraisers, such as our annual dinner and other functions, Philoptochos supports needy individuals, families, and various charities and institutions such as:
- American Cancer Society
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Children’s Cancer Fund
- Ronald McDonald House
- Guide Dog Foundation
- American Red Cross
- Newsday Adopt-a-Family
- Blood Drive
- Holy Protection Monastery
- Local and Foreign Disasters
- Hospital Visitations
- Parish School Scholarships and Awards
- Local Welfare Emergencies
- Hellenic College & Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
- St. Michael’s Home for the Aged
- Ecumenical Patriarchate Charities
- Orthodox Campus Ministry
- Sisterhood of St. Basil Academy
- National Children’s Cardiac Fund
- St. Photios Shrine
- Foreign Missions Projects
- St. Basil Academy
St. Basil Academy, in Garrison, NY, is the child care center of our Church, housing and educating children with special needs from across the nation. It is a major project of the Philoptochos, and our chapter supports it primarily through the annual New Year’s Vasilopita.
Aims and Purpose
- To cooperate with the Parsh Priest and Council in promoting participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox Community and the Civic Community of which we are a part.
- To promote the charitable, philanthropic, and benevolent purpose of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
- To formulate plans and methods for the voluntarily aid of those in crisis and turmoil, regardless of age. In short: we aid those who may need the help of the Church.
- To preserve the sacredness of the Orthodox family, perpetuate the Christian ideal of marriage and the upbringing of children, and through it to promote the Orthodox Faith and Tradition.
Come Join Us!
We invite you to join our dynamic and growing St. Nicholas Philoptochos. We need your talents and skills—be they in leadership, organization, special events, planning and presentation, graphic arts, decorating, floral design, fashion, public and press relations, sales, food preparation, food service, writing, translation, or calligraphy!
Our work will provide you with opportunities to express yourself in the areas of your choosing and during times convenient to your busy schedule.
Most importantly, your work, service, and support will give you the opportunity to fulfill an essential responsibility of Christians: to aid and assist those in need of love and support.
Please fill out a membership form and return it to the church office! You will receive a membership card by return mail. Or, simply join us at our annual Membership Tea and become a member!
We look forward to working with you and hearing your ideas to make this a most successful year for the St. Nicholas Philoptochos.
Women of Greek Orthodox Faith, 18 years of age or older, married or single, widowed, divorced, or separated.
Associate and Supporting Membership
Non-Orthodox wives of Greek Orthodox husbands are eligible for membership as associate members. Men of the Greek Orthodox faith may participate as supporting members, without the right to vote.