Our name “Philoptochos” means “friends of the poor”. For over 80 years, we have been the philanthropic heart of the Greek Orthodox Church of America. Philoptochos exemplifies Christian stewardship…visiting and caring for the sick and elderly…providing for the poor and needy…reaching out to heal infirmities of our changing society…giving moral support to families torn apart…these are only a few examples of our Christian ministry of love.

Local Ministries

Our Share the Light Ministry is designed to reach out to our church family to provide the light of God’s love through companionship, caring, help and support by visits, cards and phone calls. If you are interested in sharing the light please contact Laurie Bacalis at 904-571-7127 or by email at [email protected]

Members of our Prayer Shawl Ministry knit, crochet or sew shawls as they pray for those who are in need of comfort. The shawl is a tangible way for the recipient to feel the warmth and love of our community and the embrace of God’s comfort and healing, compassion and peace. If you are interested in being part of the Prayer Shawl Ministry, know someone in need of the comfort of a prayer shawl, or would like to donate yarn, please contact Pam Toundas at [email protected]

Handmade for the Homeless, knit a scarf or donate 1 ½ yards of fleece for us to sew scarves for the homeless. If you are interested in being part of the Handmade for the Homeless ministry please contact: Pam Toundas at [email protected] or Stacy Kokkinos at [email protected]


Ronald McDonald House Meals – Join us on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 3-6 pm and have fun making dinner and cute desserts for those families with sick children that are staying at Ronald McDonald House. Contact Tara Thompson at 912-286-5857 or by email at [email protected]

Join Us – Touching someone’s life is as easy as sending a card, making a meal, or saving pop tops. We invite you to discover that greater depth of love – a love for others and a greater love for God and His purpose in our lives. You can help in a supportive or active role, whichever fits your schedule. There are many ways to make a difference in people’s lives, but it takes many loving hands to make the difference a reality. Join us and help us make a difference in our community. Your involvement of one hour or one day will help benefit our philanthropic endeavors. If you are interested in being part of Philoptochos, please contact Effie Lasoff, Membership Chair, at 386-931-5705 or by email at [email protected].