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Philoptochos means “friend of the poor”. The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society is the duly accredited women’s philanthropic society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Inc. Established in 1931 by the Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras who was serving then as Archbishop of North and South America, Philoptochos has now grown nationally to over 450 chapters and is the largest Christian women’s philanthropic organization in the United States. Women who participate in the local chapter of Philoptochos are also automatically members of the National and Metropolis Philoptochos.



The dedicated labor of the faithful Greek Orthodox women of the Philoptochos Society across the United States promotes the charitable, benevolent and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America by instructional programming, presentations, lectures, seminars, and other educational resources.


We voluntarily aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, and the victims of disasters.


We undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through special funds or solicitations on the local level.


The local Philoptochos Board holds monthly planning meetings, with general meetings scheduled, usually monthly, from September through May. A directory is sent to each member with the calendar of events and committee assignments.


When you join you have the opportunity to meet new people, share experiences, knowledge, and laughter. Through compassion, love, and dedication , Philoptochos traverses boundaries. Be part of this wonderful organization, join Philoptochos today. 

We are always looking for new skills, experiences and personalities, without them we would not be 27,000 members strong. We welcome you with open arms to join us in making a difference.

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