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Charity Ministry Annual Report January 2015

By Philip Stamatakos

CHARITABLE GIVING

The parish contributed over $25,000 to charities in 2014. Charitable giving is funded almost entirely through monthly collections taken one Sunday each month during the Divine Liturgy and those collections are matched by the Church. 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 and collectively represent about 10% of our parish’s budget – a tithe.

The parish council believes that the combination of repeatedly giving to charities that are effective in doing good, Christian works and giving in an "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,
• Journey Pregnancy and Life Hub, a pro-life organization that serves the South suburbs, and Below is a complete list of charitable giving by the parish in 2014:

January charity St. Luke Mission Trips 8,800
Feburary charity Orthodox Christian Mission Center 600 Deanery Vespers 482
March charity Int’l Orthodox Christian Charities 1,838
April charity OCMC –Romanian mission 2,738 Guatemala Orphanage 1,000
May charity Paws Assisting Wounded Warriors 1,730 St. Joseph’s 25th anniversary 100
June charity Antiochian Women of N. America 600
June charity Coptic Orphans 600
July charity Journey Pregnancy and Life Hub 1,270
August charity OCA – Stewards of America 682
September charity Flight 93 Memorial Fund 600
October charity OCMC - Guatemala mission 1,630
November charity Brkic triplets 1,430
December charity Orthodox Christian Fellowship 1,172

Total 2014 charity donations: 25,332

If you have suggestions for monthly charities, please contact Phil Stamatakos at philip.s.stamatakos@hotmail.com.