Assistant Lay Chairperson Report - January 2014
Submitted by Phil Stamatakos
Comparison between 2013 and 2014: Data as of 01/14/2014 Statistical data is based on 2014 weekly donations (77 Estimated Giving Amounts)
There was a 3.85% increase in Estimated Giving from 2013 to 2014.
The parish contributed about $17,000 to charities in 2013. 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 an "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 aggregate amount of our charitable giving for the last four years is set forth below:
Over the past four years, the parish gave an average of $17,180 per year to charities, so 2013 charitable giving was in line with amounts given by the parish in the past. Below is a complete list of charitable giving by the parish in 2013:
Date Charity Name Comments Amount
If you have suggestions for monthly charities, please contact Phil Stamatakos.
PADS Tom Kozbiel
This past Fall St. Luke continued hosting homeless women and children every Monday night (except during the summer) through PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter). Tom Kozbiel continued as the St. Luke site manager with the assistance of Jill Olson and a large phalanx of dedicated volunteers. Our guests arrive in the evening, enjoy meals (dinner and breakfast) and fellowship in our social room, stay the night and leave in the morning after breakfast. Our food teams provide our guests with dinner, breakfast, and a sack lunch for the following day. The number of guests per week varied from under a dozen to over two dozen. The women and children are extremely grateful for our hospitality and shelter. During the 2012-2013 PADS season Doreen Dabney, a member of St. Alphonsus Church in Lemont, assumed responsibility for scheduling PADS volunteers at St. Luke and actively solicited involvement from area Roman Catholic churches, many of whom have contributed volunteers. Their involvement has been of tremendous help in keeping our St. Luke site running because we have found it difficult to staff volunteers solely from St. Luke. During the current 2013-2014 PADS season Jill has been coordinating volunteers, taking inventory of items on hand and often is there to open the shelter in the evening and close the shelter in the morning. Generally, our shelter is running smoothly thanks to all of our dedicated volunteers and the food teams provided by the Lemont Churches, Family Harvest Church, Sts. Constantine and Helen, Our Lady of the Woods, and St. Luke; all of whom are doing an outstanding job.