Assistant Lay Chairperson Report - January 2012
Submitted by Phil Stamatakos
The parish contributed over $22,000 to charities in 2011. 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:
Below is a complete list of charitable giving by the parish in 2011:
Date Charity Name Comments Amount
If you have suggestions for monthly charities, please contact Phil Stamatakos.
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. Our guests arrive in the evening and enjoy dinner in our social room and many stay the night and leave in the morning. The number of guests per week averaged about 14 for dinner and 9 for overnight stays. This activity is running smoothly and the Church's food teams are doing an outstanding job, but active participation from our parishioners remains a necessity if we are to continue this activity for another year.
Tom Kozbiel continues to lead this important charitable activity and was assisted by a large phalanx of regular volunteers, but particularly Jill Olsen, who has played a particularly active and very important role filling in for Tom on many occasions. A group of Catholics from Lemont has staffed and will be staffing several shifts during the 2011-2012 PADs year and Sts. Constantine and Helen is also staffing a food team. A group from the Family Harvest Church, which has been volunteering to be on the food team, will not participate in PADs during the 2012-13 year because of low participation from that parish. This may increase the need for volunteers from our parish.