Remember Our Veterans
As Veterans Day and Christmas approach, the Philanthropic Initiatives Committee encourages our Philoptochos chapters to make a difference in the lives of our servicepersons and veterans.    In an effort to show our gratitude and appreciation for our men and women in the military, we recommend the following worthy programs, which focus on the needs of all our armed forces, including the National Guard, Coast Guard and our Veterans:
(1) Wreaths Across America is a national network of volunteers that provides memorial wreaths during the Christmas season to over 1,400 cemeteries across the country.  A wreath-laying ceremony is held annually on the third Saturday in December.  This program remembers our fallen US Veterans, honors those who serve and teaches our children the value of freedom.  For more information for how Philoptochos Members can donate and participate in this program, please visit: www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
(2) Homecoming Heroes Grant Program through the Modest Needs Organization.  This program provides support to military veterans who have recently returned home from overseas deployment as they work to transition back to civilian life.  This grant program is designed to provide financial assistance for short-term emergency expenses, such as an auto repair, a one month rental or mortgage payment, and a large utility bill, for the veteran and his or her household.  The Homecoming Heroes Grant will provide applications for those seeking assistance with a payment of a bill or expense.  For further information contact:  www.modestneeds.org.
(3)  Fisher House Foundation – Fisher House Foundation is best known for its network of comfort homes built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers, which enable family members to be close to their loved ones during their hospitalization for combat injury, illness or disease.  Philoptochos volunteers can prepare meals, provide snacks, donate house cleaning supplies, laundry supplies, and gift cards.  Chapters can also host a party for these families during the holiday season.  For more information, please visit:  www.fisherhouse.org.
(3)  The United Services Organization (USO) – The USO mission is to provide morale, welfare and recreation-type services to uniformed military personnel.  Thousands of USO volunteers do everything possible to provide a home away from home for our troops and to keep them connected to their families.  One way chapters can do so is through the USO Operation Phone Home prepaid phone cards.  To help with this worthy program, donations can be made online at: www.uso.org.
(4)  Chapters may also want to contact their local Veterans Administration Agency or VA Medical Center and request a wish list to help provide the veterans with gifts they are unable to purchase on their own.
Our brave service men and women in uniform have made great sacrifices to serve our country.  Let them know we will be there for them as they finish their service to our nation, and while they face their next challenges here at home.

 

I recently saw a production of “Miss Saigon”, a Broadway revival that caused me to reflect on how we, as Americans, should treat the brave men and women who have served our country.  Below for your review are recommendations for services Philoptochos can offer veterans, but first let’s think about how each of us can individually show our gratitude:

*For their bravery and dedication, we should thank them sincerely.

*For their selfless service, we should treat them with boundless respect.

*For protecting our way of life and the values we hold dear, we should honor them.

And for those who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives for their country-for our country-we must remember them always and forever.

May their memory be eternal!

Hellenic Families in Need

Apostoli

Be the Bee: Philoptochos

Here, in Casper, WY, our Sunday School students organized a Silent Auction on October 29,2016  at our church ,in order to raise money for participating in the local Giving Tree project.

With the money they raised we will take them shopping for children clothing that will be donated later on at the local Red Cross.

2016 National Convention in Nashville

About Philoptochos

Social Services Training Pt.1

Social Services Training Pt.2

Friends of the Poor

“Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'”(Matthew 25:34-40 RSV)