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Charity Ministry Annual Report January 2011

By Philip Stamatakos

The parish contributed nearly $17,000 to charities in 2010. Charitable giving is funded almost entirely through monthly collections taken one Sunday each month during the Divine Liturgy. The parish's charitable contributions, which are entirely a function of the good will and generosity of our parishioners, have assisted a variety of Orthodox Christian missions and causes at home and around the globe.

The parish council believes that the combination of repeatedly giving to charities that are effective in doing good, Christian works and giving in a "ad hoc" manner as needs arise provides both the parish and the recipient organization with a number of benefits. Repeat giving permits the parish to become more closely identified with an organization and its objectives and allows the recipient organization to rely upon a relatively consistent level of annual giving; giving to newly identified organizations permits the parish to address immediate needs.

Certain charities have been recipients of giving for several years and are likely to receive money from the parish in the future. These include the following:

* the Orthodox Church in America,
* International Orthodox Christian Charities which offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide,
* PASS, a pro-life organization that serves the South Cook County area and South suburbs,
* the Orthodox Christian Fellowship Campus Ministry,
* St. Barbara Monastery, a monastic community for women in Santa Paula, California and the current home of one of our former parishioners

If you have suggestions for monthly charities, please contact Phil Stamatakos or Robert Zebenko.