Philoptochos Chapter 1016: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Baltimore MD

Fall 2012 News:

Membership Recruitment Activities:
As part of our membership drive, we promote Philoptochos and include a membership form in the Church monthly newsletter for the months of December and January. We also try to hold one activity during January or early February to encourage participation by members and prospective members. This year we held our loaves and fishes (casseroles for the homeless shelter) on January 12 and February 2nd. We were able to attract some new participants who are interested in working with us on local projects. We continue to reach out to individuals who are not members to participate in various activities. We have been successful in bringing a wider group of individuals [and] we are now working to gain them as members. Next month (March), we will be holding a Quilt-a-thon for the at risk infants in the Baltimore area. The local hospitals requested more quilts than we are able to make [but] we are hoping to have enough volunteers to put 75 together this year. This is an annual event in memory of Penny Frankos, one of the ladies who came up with the project.

Kathy Apesos-Poulos, President

Baltimore’s Annunciation Cathedral Philoptochos Chapter has just started another busy year. We are focusing on adding new members to our roster this fall in a membership drive and will continue our Loaves & Fishes program making cassaroles monthly for a local soup kitchen We have also planned out our holiday bake sale and this year are adding spiced nuts to the sweet offerings for sale alongside Greek cookies, baklava and bread. We are starting a “ladies night out” fundraising and fellowship event this fall at a local restaurant. Our 2012-13 service projects include a quilt-a-thon for needy newborns in local hospitals, a Christmas collection of casual clothing for a local teenage shelter and contributions to an ongoing Cathedral missions on local college campuses. In May, our chapter is planning a weekend trip to St. Basil’s Academy.

Fall 2011 News:

The Philoptochos chapter of the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore is committed to reaching out with loving hands to help those in need at our church and in the city.

We have raised funds by selling passes to Macy’s Shop for a Cause, held spaghetti dinners, baked and sold thousands of koulourakia and countless loaves of tsoureki and even gained donations of beans and spices from local groceries to assemble and sell $5 bags of dry soup mixes for a Lenten fundraiser.

Our presence is felt in the community. We have given regular cash donations to the Maryland Food Bank and to other women’s shelters in the city, as the recession has forced more and more families to rely on help at such facilities in order to survive.

We renovated the space and donated books to reopen a library at a struggling urban elementary school.

For nearly 10 years, we have prepared up to 45 large pasta, beef and vegetable casseroles each month to donate to the Franciscan Center to feed homeless citizens. This effort, called Loaves and Fishes, is being headed by a high school senior this year — and many GOYA members are helping out as we work to help train them toward a life in community service.

Once a year we hold a Quilt-A-Thon, where we make colorful, patchwork crib quilts for at risk babies in Baltimore hospitals. And we have donated goods for and made up more than 250 clean up buckets for the IOCC to distribute around the U.S. to help families regroup from natural disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding.

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