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St. Helen Philoptochos Society


The Philoptochos is the separately incorporated Philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The Society was founded in 1931 by Archbishop Athenagoras, who had a vision of the role women could play in the life of the Orthodox Church. Today, Philoptochos chapters are located in every Greek Orthodox parish in the United States. 


Each year, our Philoptochos supports many community philanthropic efforts through fundraising events such as the annual Holiday Bazaar and Cookie Walk, the Lenten Koulouma and others.

For more information, contact: President, Pam Avdoulos, 248.568.5060,

The mission of Philoptochos is:


  • To aid 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

  • To promote the charitable, benevolent, philanthropic and educational purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources;

  • To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the parish priest and parish council;

  • To preserve the perpetuate the Orthodox Christian concept of marriage and family, and through it, to promote the Greek Orthodox faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs.

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