During this difficult time, AHEPA strives to be a resource for its members and the community.
As stated below, we will ensure our mission is being fulfilled. One way to do so is 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.
Thank you to U.S. Representative Gus M. Bilirakis, a Brother Ahepan, for his address to the AHEPA family on the U.S. government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Congressman Bilirakis reviews how resources are being secured for constituents and institutions such as hospitals and community health centers. He also outlines small business assistance programs authorized by the CARES Act.
Congressman Bilirakis is the co-chair of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus.
Regional and district tele-conferences
AHEPA Region 3 held a virtual town hall meeting to discuss how to fill the communications void due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Fifty-two Ahepans attended the tele-conference, including Supreme President George Horiates, who provided a short address to the virtual audience.
AHEPA Hellas District 25, Greece, held its second virtual tele-conference to discuss the strengthening of the health system and the health of its members as well as service initiatives such as donating blood.
These are just two examples of tele-conferences being held throughout the AHEPA domain.
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.
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.
District 17 Governor Marshall Monsell donates blood.
“You can still go out and give blood. We’re worried about potential blood shortages in the future. Social distancing does not have to mean social disengagement.” – U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome Adams, MD
AHEPA Chapter 69 and Maids of Athena Demetra Chapter 33, Cherry Hill, N.J., donated food to health care professionals at Virtua Hospital.
AHEPA facilitates affordable access to COVID-19 testing in Cyprus
Through an agreement with NIPD Genetics, AHEPA Chapter CY4 “Photos Photiades” Idalion, under the auspices of AHEPA District 27, Cyprus, has arranged for active Ahepans and their immediate families to get tested for COVID-19 — with results reported in 24 hours.
- The cost of each test is priced at 150 Euro.
- NIPD Genetics will charge 120 Euro to any District 27 Ahepan, or any member of his family, wanting to take the test.
- District 27 and Chapter CY4 will subsidize the remaining amount of 30 Euro in the effort to support AHEPA’s initiative for this good cause to provide District 27 Ahepans affordable accessibility to the test. No other hidden fees apply.
The test is accredited by the College of American Pathologists and endorsed by the Ministry of Health and is available for immediate public use. Test locations are in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos.
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:
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.
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 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.
Please be sure to stay connected (see below) to receive updates.
Here’s how to stay connected
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Call. All voicemails are forwarded direct to staff emails and can be listened to moments after receipt.
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