Annunciation Philoptochos Buffalo Chapter #7035 is the local branch of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, the philanthropic arm of the Greek OrthodoxArchdiocese of America. The mission of the society is to provide assistance to those in need, not only in our own WNY community, but also through national and international outreach programs.
“Philoptochos” literally means “friend to the poor”, and it is in that spirit of philanthropy that we hold numerous fundraising events throughout the year, including luncheons, basket raffles, and of course, baked goods sales.
Annunciation Philoptochos has recently broadened its outreach by partnering with local agencies such as the Ronald McDonald House and the King Urban Life Center Charter School. This year, our primary focus is directed toward the Seneca-Babcock C.D.C., which services underprivileged children in that area. The have after-school programs, summer educational activities, and they even assist teenage kids with filling out college applications and financial assistance paperwork. We also have access to Social Services programs through our Metropolis and National offices, for those requiring broader resources and financial assistance. In
2019, thanks to the generosity and involvement of our fellow Parishioners, our chapter was able to distribute over $13,300.00 in aid and assistance. This amount includes everything from international relief aid, to assisting families in our own parish. There is always a need, and we are always there to help, in any way we can.
Membership to Philoptochos is open to any Greek Orthodox woman, over the age of 18 years. Men can be associate members as well. If you are not yet a member of Annunciation Philoptochos, please consider joining us. Even if you can only help a little, Philoptochos needs you. For further information please contact either the Church office at 882-9485, or Michele Hiczewski at 860-3838.
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