Faith in Action – Putting our Orthodox values into practice through hands-on actions.
Outreach Ministry to the Homeless and Hungry:
Monthly Food Drive – On the first Sunday of each month, we collect donations of non-perishable food, as well as hygiene and toiletry items, for delivery to a local food pantry.
Feeding the Hungry – Once a month we prepare and deliver nutritious lunches to those in need.
Winter Warmth Giveaway – Each Dec ember we participate in a one-day event to provide warm winter clothing and hot food for our local neighbors in need. Volunteers collect and sort clothing donations, prepare and serve nutritious food, and help individuals find clothing that fits their needs.
Outreach to Foster Children and Families in DC –
We work with Partners for Kids in Care (PKC), a branch of the DC Division of Child and Family Services, to supplement the resources available for foster children and the families caring for them.
Spring Drive – Each Spring we sponsor a collection for PKC. Whether the need is for diapers and onesies, towels and toilet kits, or prom gowns and graduation suits, we solicit new and gently used items that might not otherwise be available when needed.
Christmas Gifts for Teens in Foster Care – During the Christmas season, foster teens are often overlooked compared to the smaller children. Philoptochos has chosen to remember them at Christmas by giving them gift cards that allow them to buy something they really want, which is sometimes a gift for someone else.
Support for School Children in DC
Children’s Book Drive – Each fall, we solicit donations of children’s books for DC Reads, a program that provides books that tutors can use to increase the reading skills of DC schoolchildren. The children then get to keep the books.
School Backpack Drive – Each summer, we collect fully stocked backpacks for the children of DC families at risk of homelessness to enable them to return to school with the tools they need to succeed.