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Charity Ministry Annual Report January 2012

By Philip Stamatakos

CHARITABLE GIVING

The parish contributed over $22,000 to charities in 2011. 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, and
• Holy Assumption Monastery, a monastic community for women in California and the current home of one of our former parishioners.

Below is a complete list of charitable giving by the parish in 2011:

Date Charity Name Comments Amount
01/24/11 St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Monastery January Charity 750.00
02/22/11 Ancient Faith Radio February Charity 455.00
02/22/11 Orthodox Christian Network February Charity 455.00
03/21/11 Mission Trip March Charity 1,128.00
04/01/11 The Chicago Deanery Collected $439 Plus 50% Match of $219.50 658.50
04/07/11 Transfer to Special Projects Mission Trip 5,400.00
04/18/11 Transfer to Special Projects Mission Trip 450.00
04/20/11 IOCC - Japan Victims April Charity 2,936.00
5/9 & 5/23/11 IOCC - US Flood Victims May Charity 2,354.00
05/03/11 Transfer to Special Projects Mission Trip 450.00
06/20/11 Holy Assumption Monastery June Charity 835.50
07/18/11 Orthodox Christian Fellowship July Charity 1,092.00
08/24/11 Coptic Orphans August Charity 1,156.50
09/20/11 St. Peter Orthodox Church September Charity 794.00
10/01/11 PASS Annual Banquet October Charity 750.00
10/26/11 PASS Supplies October Charity 230.00
11/23/11 OCMC/Floyd Franz November Charity 1,409.00
12/22/11 OC Life-Chicago/Martha & Mary House December Charity 809.00 TOTAL $22,113

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