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Assistant Lay Chairperson Report - January 2011

Submitted by Phil Stamatakos


The parish contributed nearly $17,000 to charities in 2010. Charitable giving is funded almost entirely through monthly collections taken one Sunday each month during the Divine Liturgy. The parish's charitable contributions, which are entirely a function of the good will and generosity of our parishioners, have assisted a variety of Orthodox Christian missions and causes at home and around the globe.

The parish council believes that the combination of repeatedly giving to charities that are effective in doing good, Christian works and giving in a "ad hoc" manner as needs arise provides both the parish and the recipient organization with a number of benefits. Repeat giving permits the parish to become more closely identified with an organization and its objectives and allows the recipient organization to rely upon a relatively consistent level of annual giving; giving to newly identified organizations permits the parish to address immediate needs.

Certain charities have been recipients of giving for several years and are likely to receive money from the parish in the future. These include the following:

* the Orthodox Church in America,
* International Orthodox Christian Charities which offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide,
* PASS, a pro-life organization that serves the South Cook County area and South suburbs,
* the Orthodox Christian Fellowship Campus Ministry,
* St. Barbara Monastery, a monastic community for women in Santa Paula, California and the current home of one of our former parishioners

PADS: Tom Kozbiel

For yet another year, the Church hosted homeless women and children every Monday night (except during the Summer) through the PADs organization. Tom Kozbiel continues to lead this important charitable activity and was assisted by a large phalanx of regular volunteers. Our guests arrive in the evening, enjoy dinner in our social room, stay the night and leave in the morning. The number of guests per week varied from 11 to 26. The ladies are extremely grateful for our hospitality and shelter.

This activity is running smoothly and the Church's food teams are doing an outstanding job. On days when Tom has been unable to be at the Church for PADs, six or seven stalwart volunteers have filled in for Tom. Many of our guests need to shower badly and Tom has suggested that we consider installing a shower in the basement bathroom. Alternatively, we could encourage a hotel to donate a few free nights so that our guests could shower there.


Until recently, the Church did not have a safe in which to keep its collections and other valuables. We purchased a fire-proof safe for storing weekly collections and gifts to the Church before they are deposited with the Church's bank.