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AHEPA Mobilizes to Help Relief Effort for Greece

May 1, 2012 Campaign Update:  Humanitarian Relief Soars Past $100,000

Dear Brothers, Family and Friends of AHEPA,

On February 15, 2012, AHEPA Supreme President Dr. John Grossomanides announced AHEPA would mobilize to assist with humanitarian relief efforts for the people of Greece.

We are pleased many AHEPA family chapters, individuals, and various entities have answered the appeal issued by Supreme President Dr. Grossomanides. Most recently, AHEPA National Housing Corporation pledged a $50,000 contribution bringing the total amount of funds raised by AHEPA thus far to $123,677.  On April 6, 2012, Supreme President Dr. Grossomanides presented a $7,500 donation toward Apostoli Mission, a food bank charity under the direction of the Church of Greece that will provide 400 food kits to families in need. Each food kit feeds a family of four for about 15 days.

Thanks to these contributions, coupled with online donations from caring Greek Americans and Philhellenes like you, we are beginning to make a difference. We appreciate the support of Greek American media outlets and Internet sites that have helped us spread the word of our appeal.

Although these are encouraging developments, we are still in the early stages. Help us keep the momentum going. Please consider answering the call by making a tax-deductible contribution to AHEPA Foundation Inc. today. Thank you.

How to Contribute

  • Online (click here)
  • Via Check Payable to: AHEPA Foundation Inc. (earmarked for Greece Humanitarian Relief Effort). Mailing address: 1909 Q Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20009

How AHEPA Will Help

  • Identifying private sector/corporate partners to donate medical supplies.
  • Making available its 501(c)(3) AHEPA Foundation, Inc. to receive contributions that will directly pay for the shipment and acquisition of medical supplies and food.
  • Mobilizing AHEPA Greece chapters to liaison with the Greek Ministry of Education to execute a food voucher program for schools.
  • Partner with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to assist with acquisition of medical supplies and food.
  • Mobilizing AHEPA family chapters.
  • Outreaching to all Greek American organizations asking them to contribute financially to AHEPA's program.
  • Again, funds will go directly to pay for the shipment and acquisition of medical supplies and food.

AHEPA Mobilizes to Help Relief Effort for Greece

By AHEPA Executive Director Basil N. Mossaidis

In recent weeks, I have read with much interest comments about the current crisis in Greece and what is being done or not done by Greek American organizations. I assure you the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) shares this concern. In the past year, AHEPA's 14 chapters in Greece have helped their communities. For example:

  • Two Crete chapters purchased medical equipment for local hospitals,
  • Kalamata chapter financed a technology that helps the blind to cross streets safely and participates in programs that reforest the countryside,
  • Chapters in Athens and Thessaloniki helped to purchase computers sorely required by doctors for their work at the Evangelismos Hospital and AHEPA Hospital in Thessaloniki,
  • The Glyfada chapter purchased a specialized wheelchair (4,000 Euro) that has allowed an individual to successfully study abroad,
  • Chapters have supported Penelopean Day Care Center, Nea Ionia, Athens, with financial contributions and Ahepans have volunteered their time to fix and maintain the center's electrical and plumbing systems,
  • Chapters purchased heating oil for the winter and participated in food drives to assist the less fortunate,
  • Athens Chapter HJ1 contributes to the Fulbright Foundation for scholarships and has a "support" program for Greek of Northern Epirus that provides medical supplies and books to needy institutions in that region, and
  • Ahepans who are doctors have offered free medical services to the needy.

Is this enough? Definitely not. Can more be done? Absolutely.

Here is what AHEPA is doing:

  • Identifying private sector/corporate partners to donate medical supplies.
  • Partnering with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to assist with acquisition of medical supplies and food.
  • Making available its 501(c)(3) AHEPA Foundation, Inc. to receive contributions that will directly pay for the shipment and acquisition of medical supplies and food.
  • Mobilizing AHEPA Greece chapters to liaison with the Ministry of Education to execute a food voucher program for schools.
  • Mobilizing AHEPA family chapters through the organization's internal communication vehicles, which already yielded a $5,000 donation from AHEPA Marathon Chapter 2, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Outreaching to all Greek American organizations asking them to contribute financially to AHEPA's program.

AHEPA's inquiry into how the organization could assist for a national level began October 2011. We examined the logistical challenges to providing aid efficiently to those in need with meetings with the IOCC and the Embassy of Greece in Washington and came to the conclusion that the course of action presented above is the best one. AHEPA has also communicated with pharmaceutical companies to explore how they can help.

In the interim, AHEPA entrusted its chapters in Greece to identify and address the needs in their local communities, which I believe they capably have done and will continue to do. As executive director, I also look forward to working with the administrators of all Greek American organizations to leverage the very best of all our resources to provide humanitarian aid to Greece.

AHEPA is proud of the philanthropic and charitable aid it spearheaded during its near 90-year history for Greece, the United States, and worldwide. The organization's record of service is clear. Together with your help, Greek Americans will make a difference in people's lives.