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IOCC Responds To Victims of Oklahoma City Tornadoes May 21, 2013 Candice Lopez and Stephanie Davis sift the remains of a neighbor’s home after it was destroyed by a series of tornadoes near Shawnee, Oklahoma. (Photo: Brett Deering/Getty Images) As survivors sift through the devastation left behind by tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma City and claimed the lives of 24 people, nine of them children, please join IOCC in praying for the families and lost loved ones. IOCC has been in contact with the Orthodox community in the Oklahoma City area as well as its ecumenical partners and is assessing…

Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) announced the establishment of the Katherine Valone “St. Photini” Water Program to advance projects that provide safe, healthy and reliable water resources to communities in need in Africa. The $1.5 million gift, the largest single private donation in the history of IOCC, was a bequest from the late Katherine Valone, a retired Chicago schoolteacher with a lifelong desire to provide clean water to the people of Africa. His Eminence, Metropolitan Nikitas and Victoria Anderson, great niece of IOCC benefactor, Katherine Valone, presented the gift to IOCC…

2013 IOCC Internship Program The deadline for the 2013 Internship Program applications is February 28, 2013. Since 1998, IOCC has offered an internship program to undergraduates and recent college graduates interested in careers in international relief and development. The IOCC Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain firsthand exposure to the operations of an Orthodox Christian international humanitarian aid and development organization. Click here for more information. [subscribe2]

Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — More than 80 representatives of the nation’s Orthodox Christian service organizations joined together at the White House today to discuss strategic service alliances with the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The White House Conference on Orthodox Christian Engagement was hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement in conjunction with the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and facilitated by International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). Present to discuss the role of Orthodox Christians in social outreach, disaster response, and community development in the United…

Source: The National Herald by Evan C. Lambrou Special to The National Herald NEW YORK – After Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast at the end of last month, the most respected philanthropic agencies across the country mobilized to help millions of people who were left without power, and the many thousands whose homes were completely destroyed by wind and water. Among those respected agencies is International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), the philanthropic arm of the Orthodox Church in America, and the world’s only transnational Orthodox Christian charity. Other Greek-American organizations have also gotten behind efforts to help people impacted…

Members of New Jersey chapters of AHEPA, Philoptochos and GOYA gathered at St. George Greek Orthodox Church to assemble emergency clean-up buckets (left) and then distribute them (right) at Silverton Volunteer Fire Station for survivors of Superstorm Sandy. Cleaning supplies and other disaster relief items are still urgently needed by hundreds of families trying to make their damaged homes livable again. photo: Rada Tierney/IOCC Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Two weeks after Superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast and obliterated entire neighborhoods along New York’s and New Jersey’s shorelines, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) remains on the ground supporting cleanup and recovery…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announced today a grant of $150,000 to International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to assist in providing emergency assistance for the people of Greece who are especially vulnerable as a result of the continuing economic crisis, austerity measures and a collapsing health system. The $150,000 grant to IOCC, will be directed at efforts to assist the elderly, children and large families with basic necessities for living as the economic situation deteriorates and winter approaches. The support comes from funds already collected by the Archdiocese Relief Fund…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA CSHA] The Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Christian Service and Humanitarian Aid (CSHA) is encouraging all parishes to assist International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in providing emergency assistance to those suffering as a result of Hurricane Sandy. According to Mrs. Donna Karabin, department chair, IOCC has received initial requests for anticipated shipments of emergency relief items from its ecumenical partners for communities recovering from Hurricane Sandy. IOCC is urging Orthodox Christian parishes to assist by assembling emergency relief items and by making financial donations. “The scenes of destruction that we have…

Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — The meningitis that Suma, 39, contracted during infancy left her mentally impaired and unable to walk. She spent the next 17 years of her life traveling from Gaza to different rehabilitation hospitals in Jerusalem and Bethlehem for vital medical care, physical and occupational therapy. With the uprising of 1987, her family’s access to these hospitals suddenly became more difficult and Suma’s future looked bleak. The Four Homes of Mercy in the biblical town of Bethany became Suma’s refuge. She was admitted in 1991 for round-the-clock care and rehabilitation, and has…

Source: Orthodox Church in America BALTIMORE, MD [IOCC] Temporary shelters like this tent encampment located on a former nine-hole golf course in Port-au-Prince offered little protection against the torrential rains and wind brought on by Tropical Storm Isaac this past weekend. Two and a half years after the devastating earthquake, nearly 400,000 Haitians still live in makeshift shelters like these. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/IOCC Tropical storm Isaac’s unleashing of wind and water on Haiti on Saturday, August 25, 2012, Saturday left more than two dozen people dead, washed away precious food crops, and destroyed the tents that still house hundreds of…

Source: The National Herald | John G. Rangos, Sr. To the Editor: Current economic conditions in Greece have turned into a full-blown humanitarian crisis. I anticipated this several months before the situation hit its saturation point, which is why I urged International Orthodox Christian Charities to study and assess the problem ahead of time. I’m extremely proud of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and its executive director, Dean Triantafilou, for all their fine work over the last 20 years. IOCC is the only Orthodox Christian charity operating on a transnational level. It is a widely-recognized and highly-respected philanthropic agency, which…