In keeping with Lent and our quest to couple “faith with works” the National Philoptochos Chapter, St. Elpida of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Egg Harbor Township, NJ, will be presenting checks to the Covenant House of Atlantic City and the International Orthodox Christian Charities totaling $10,000.

The amounts of $3,300 will be equally given to The Covenant House of Atlantic City, a nonprofit charity serving homeless youth with a network of shelters, the Greece Relief Fund and Syrian Refugee Fund, both of the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), a national and international Orthodox organization in helping victims of poverty and conflicts around the world. The IOCC is responding to Syria, in one of the worst humanitarian and refugee crisis in history and assisting Greece as they experience their economic crisis and host refugees.

St. Elpida Philoptochos, or “friends of the poor”, the philanthropic arm of the church has as its mission to work together to help those in need under the guidance of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. At Holy Trinity, thousands of dollars are raised to support charitable organizations and hospitals, as well as individual families, locally, nationally and internationally. In 2015, the National Philoptochos, whose mission is offering assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church, as a result of the hard work of every Philoptochos chapter across America, disbursed funds totaling $1.7 million.

The IOCC provides immediate relief, as well as long-term support through the provision of emergency aid, recovery assistance and other support to help those in need. To make a financial gift to help this organization, please visit

Covenant House provides food, shelter, crisis care and other important services to homeless, runaway and trafficked youth between the ages of 18-21. To make a financial gift to help this organization, please visit