This women's group has been historically the backbone of philanthropic activity throughout the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America. Besides providing its members with the host of enjoyable social activities each year, Philoptochos gives away monatary donations to worthy charities and individuals, both nationally and internationally, and strives to be a Christ-centered ministry to assist those in need. At the beginning of each year the Philoptochos Society sponsors the Vasilopita cutting with all proceeds collected benefiting Saint Basil's Academy in New York. All women of our Church are highly encouraged to consider membership in this vital group.
The mission of the Annunciation Philoptochos is:
1) To the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts; and
2) To promote the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources;
3) To preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian concepts and the Orthodox Christian Family, and through them, to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs;
4) To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the Parish Priest and the Parish Council.
The charitable work of the Society shall be performed with discretion, courtesy and kindness.