AHEPA strives to be a resource for its members and the community.
As stated below, we will ensure our mission is being fulfilled during the coronavirus pandemic.
We are beginning to see that to be true. The AHEPA family is answering the call. Ahepans, Daughters, Sons and Maids are springing into action by:
- providing meals to health care professionals, to the elderly, and to the homeless,
- #AHEPACares COVID-19 Pandemic Response
- Supreme President George Horiates provides a message on COVID-19 response.
- donating blood,
- handcrafting face masks for health care professionals, and
- facilitating affordable access to COVID-19 tests.
Also, we cannot forget patients are being treated at AHEPA Hospital in Thessaloniki and in the AHEPA Wing of Evangelismos Hospital in Greece.
We are pleased to share examples of “best practices” of what our regions, districts, chapters, and individual AHEPA family members are doing while staying safe by following stay-at-home orders or adhering to proper government guidance and regulations if they are providing a service to the community.
Brotherhood transcends isolation.
It cannot be quarantined.
AHEPA Hospital in Thessaloniki
AHEPA is proud of the medical and health care professionals who are on the front lines of treating patients at all health care institutions, especially the AHEPA Hospital in Thessaloniki.
They continue to amaze and inspire us. Thank you!
An initiative to help those on the front lines and most vulnerable
AHEPA family chapters and members are providing assistance and conveying their appreciation to the medical, health care, and first response professionals on the front lines of COVID-19 as well as reaching out to help the most vulnerable and those who are in need.
If your chapter is donating food, or other essential goods and items, please include our “AHEPA Cares” flyer with the donated goods.
NOTE: If you do perform community service, we urge you to do so under strict adherence to federal, state, and local government orders and guidance and to the guidance provided by the institution you are visiting. Also, maintain social distancing.
AHEPA Cyprus gives blood to save lives, affordable access to test
AHEPA District 27, Cyprus, is issuing a call to its members to donate blood.
The Blood Bank of Cyprus has already created an AHEPA account. All AHEPA Cyprus members are now able to donate blood under the name of “AHEPA.”
The blood drive initiative is the second prong of AHEPA’s response to COVID-19 in Cyprus.
Through an agreement with NIPD Genetics, AHEPA Chapter CY4 “Photos Photiades” Idalion, under the auspices of AHEPA District 27, Cyprus, has facilitated affordable access for Ahepans and their families to get tested for COVID-19 by subsidizing a portion of the cost of each test. Test results can be received in 24 hours.
AHEPA is launching its global emergency relief fund to provide assistance as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Donate to the AHEPA Charitable Fund today:
Brotherhood transcends isolation: Chapters worldwide hold virtual meetings, discussion forums
Pericles Chapter HJ-10, Harabolos, Greece held a virtual chapter meeting to discuss its response to COVID-19 and how it will distribute assistance to Greek border police.
Chapter 528, Palm Springs, California held its April chapter meeting virtually.
Oranje Eagle Chapter, Amsterdam, Netherlands held a virtual discussion forum with Dr. George Zarkadakis. The impact of artificial intelligence on society was the discussion topic.
Dr. Zarkadakis is a science writer and novelist, an artificial intelligence engineer, and a digital innovation professional. He holds a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence.
Region 10 Supreme Governor Phanos Pitiris, European District 28 Governor George Kritikos, Ahepans from Brussels supported the forum.
These are a few examples of virtual meetings and conferences being held throughout the AHEPA domain by our regions, districts, and chapters.
AHEPA continues to encourage all organizational levels of the Order to hold them as a way to stay connected, foster fraternal relations, and plan ways to serve the community in a safe and responsible manner.
We will ensure our mission is fulfilled
- The National Educational Foundation scholarship application deadline is extended to April 30. See our detailed notice on adjusted scholarship application requirements.
- While staying at home, please take the time to fulfill your civic duty and complete the 2020 U.S. Census. It is important for the community to be counted! The Census can be completed online. Also, beware of Census fraud.
- Again, while staying home, take a moment to contact your U.S. senators and urge them to call on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring legislation that sanctions Turkey to the Senate floor for a vote. View our latest action alert.
- We encourage you to seek philanthropic or charitable giving opportunities to help the most vulnerable in our society–but please do it safely and within the guidelines provided by government and public health officials.
- Enjoy, share and stay connected to Greece and its splendor–from cuisine and arts to its music and mythology–all from the comfort and safety of home with #greecefromhome.
We are also connecting with our regions and districts around the world to gain an understanding of the challenges communities and individuals are facing so we can serve them in the most effective manner possible.
We will continue to share best practices of our districts and chapters around the world and what they are doing in the face of this crisis.
We are sharing resources
Visit our COVID-19 resource page that is being updated frequently with information, including any new guidance issued by the U.S. government. The resource page shares:
- links to federal agencies that are providing relief,
- public service announcements and “How To” videos,
- resources that track the spread of the virus, and
- announcements from various sectors of industry that you may find helpful.
Also visit www.ahepa.org/news to view all our COVID-19 updates. We will share best practices of our chapters around the world and what they are doing in the face of this crisis.
Here’s how to stay connected
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Connect. We are on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You will find these platforms are tools where members are sharing resources and tips on how to navigate these times.
Let us all continue to support each other. It is more important than ever to draw upon the tenets of our mission to guide us, to remain vigilant, and to be compassionate, kind and understanding toward our members, family, friends and neighbors.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay strong.
George G. Horiates