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Philoptochos means “friend of the poor.” It is the official charitable arm of the Greek Orthodox Church and the second largest Christian women’s philanthropic organization in the Western Hemisphere.

Mission Statement 

The mission of the Society shall be: 


To help 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, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 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; 

To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the parish Priest and the Parish Council. 

 Local Charities Sponsored 

  • Meals on Wheels 

  • Wounded Warrior 

  • Food Bank of Monterey County 

  • The Salvation Army 

  • Feeding the Homeless 

  • Community Partners for Youth 

  • Anonymous aid for parishioners & friends 

  • Tiffany Fund 

  • Kids ‘n Cancer 

  • Dorothy’s Kitchen 

  • Women’s Health & Wellness 

  • St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center 

  • The Life Giving Spring Monastery 

  • Visitations of the sick and elderly

  • Alex McCrone Fund

  • Gathering for Women

  • Jacob’s Heart

  • Cancer relay for Life

  • Muscular Dystrophy Walkathon

  • iHelp


International Disaster Relief 

  • Syrian Refugee Crisis 

  • International Orthodox Christian Charities 

  • Greek War Relief 

  • Ecumenical Patriarchate 

  • Aegean Earthquake Relief Fund 

  • First Responders in Somalia and Japan 

  • Peoples of Greece & Cyprus Fund 

  • UNICEF 

  • Fires in Greece


As a National Organization, Philoptochos has disbursed over 22 million dollars worldwide in philanthropic funds since 2002 thru 2016. Including 3.3 Million to the Children’s Medical Fund 

 National Charities Sponsored 

  • Philoptochos National Social Services 

  • American Cancer Fund 

  • American Heart Association 

  • Alzheimer’s 

  • Hit the Streets ~ Fighting AIDS 

  • St. Photios Greek Heritage Shrine 

  • Autism Assistance Fund 

  • Emergency Relief Fund 

  • Mission Churches 

  • Retired Clergy & Widowed Presvyteres 

  • Hellenic College Holy Cross Seminary 

  • National Sisterhood of Presvyteres 

  • General Medical Fund 

  • St. Basil’s Academy 

  • St. Michaels Home for the Aged 

  • Children’s Medical Fund 

  • Philoptochos Center for Philanthropy 

  • First Responders in 2012 Floods & Tornadoes 

  • Prepared & Fed 250,000 meals in 2015 

  • Literacy & Pajama Programs 

  • St. Nicholas Shrine at Ground Zero

  • First Responders California Fires


Contact Us:

Sherri Darpinian  Chapter President  |  209-719-0812

Rania Zavitsanos | 1-831-402-4111


Clergy ~ Father Ion Coman 


Location & Mailing Address:

Corner of Lincoln & 9th Carmel By The Sea


c/o St.  John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

PO Box 5808 | Carmel by the Sea, CA  93921

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church  |  San Francisco Metropolis Philoptochos Office  |  National Philoptochos Offices

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