Holy Trinity’s Ladies Philoptochos Society
The Ladies Philoptochos Society is the main philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Church. Philoptochos is composed of local, diocesan and national memberships and is the second largest women’'s religious charitable organization in the United States. It is represented at the United Nations on the Economic and Social Council.
Philoptochos is a transliteration of the actual Greek word meaning “friends of the poor.” The local chapter of the Philoptochos at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church contributes to national and local organizations to help the community.
Locally, in the Lansing area, the local Philoptochos supports:
- American Red Cross,
- Children’s Camp Scholarships,
- Children’s Educational scholarships,
- City Rescue Mission,
- EVE, Inc.,
- Greater Lansing Food Bank,
- Hospice of Lansing,
- Loaves and Fishes Shelter,
- Southside community Kitchen,
- …and others.
Nationally, the local Philoptochos supports:
- Social Services,
- The Children’s Cardiac Fund,
- Hellenic College/Holy Cross,
- Cancer Fund,
- Foreign Missions,
- IOCC, and
- The Ecumenical Patiarchate
At the diocese level, the local Philoptochos supports:
- The St. Spyridon Fund,
- Rose City Camp,
- Emergency Relief Fund, and
- Diocese Scholarships for Youth.
Within the parish, Philoptochos supports the parish’s own Odyssey and Sunday school programs, as well as frequent contributions to miscellaneous church maintenance and repair. The local Philoptochos also hosts several fundraisers per year, mainly the well known Athenian Luncheon and Bake Sale every November.