To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, those with disabilities, the victims of disasters and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts. To promote the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Church, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources. To preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian concepts and the Orthodox Christian Family, and through them, to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs.
In 1931, the late Patriarch Athenagoras I, serving as Archbishop of North and South America, established the Philoptochos Society. The Society was named the official philanthropic organization for our Church in the Western Hemisphere and Sts. Kosmas and Damian were selected as their patron saints. Sts. Kosmas and Damian were brothers who lived in the early years of the Church. They dedicated their lives to providing medical services to people and as they would not accept payment, they were named the "Unmercenaries."
Philoptochos is the largest women's Christian Philanthropic Organization in America. The name Philoptochos literally means "friend of the poor." Philoptochos has now completed 70 years of providing a ministry that serves the philanthropic, humanitarian, and Christian mission of our Church. For more information visit www.philoptochos.org on the internet.
Known as "the right hand" of the Church, we are dedicated to serving the St. George Church Community as well as the Des Moines metro area. Every woman of the Greek Orthodox faith, 18 years of age and older, should regard membership both as a duty and a privilege. Non-Orthodox women married to an Orthodox are welcome to join as Associate Members.
Philoptochos fundraising activities are for the purpose of supporting local and national charities or for providing assistance to parish projects.