“The mission of
IOCC is global.
No matter the location,
all programs are
developed in
consultation with
local communities,
Church Leaders,
and local and
international authorities.”
Dates to Remember:
Oct. 1, 2011
Chicago, IL
5th Annual 5k Run Walk
Oct. 4, 2011
Virginia Beach, VA
Golf Tournament
Oct. 15, 2011
Charlotte, NC
Annual Dinner
Oct. 16, 2011
Detroit, MI
2nd Annual IOCC Concert
Oct. 16, 2011
St. Louis, MO
St. Nicholas GOC
Oct. 20, 2011
Houston, TX
IOCC Board Banquet
Nov. 6, 2011
Washington, DC
Annual Action Dinner
Nov. 12, 2011
Phoenix, AZ
2nd Annual 5k
Nov. 13, 2011
Minneapolis, MN
Annual Dinner
Nov. 19, 2011
Bergenfield, NJ
3rd Annual Wine Tasting
Click here for details and stay tuned for more exciting IOCC Events!

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First Ever IOCC Holy Land Study Tour A Success
Voices of Faithful Supporters
IOCC Lebanon Featured on U.S. State Department Web Site
IOCC Volunteer Home Building Project for
Gulf Coast Stimulates Interest in IOCC
Invitation from USAID
“The mission of
IOCC is global.
No matter the location,
all programs are
developed in
consultation with
local communities,
Church Leaders,
and local and
international authorities.”
Dates to Remember:
Oct. 1, 2011
Chicago, IL
5th Annual 5k Run Walk
Oct. 4, 2011
Virginia Beach, VA
Golf Tournament
Oct. 15, 2011
Charlotte, NC
Annual Dinner
Oct. 16, 2011
Detroit, MI
2nd Annual IOCC Concert
Oct. 16, 2011
St. Louis, MO
St. Nicholas GOC
Oct. 20, 2011
Houston, TX
IOCC Board Banquet
Nov. 6, 2011
Washington, DC
Annual Action Dinner
Nov. 12, 2011
Phoenix, AZ
2nd Annual 5k
Nov. 13, 2011
Minneapolis, MN
Annual Dinner
Nov. 19, 2011
Bergenfield, NJ
3rd Annual Wine Tasting
Click here for details and stay tuned for more exciting IOCC Events!

February 2007
As we draw closer to IOCC’s 15th Anniversary on March 10, I have been looking back on my journals and pictures from my initial years with IOCC. I came across one story in particular about my discovery of why I joined the effort. It was because I wanted to make people smile. I wanted to help people get one step closer to their dreams. What motivates me now fourteen years later? I realized in my recent trip to Jerusalem, while I was sitting eating lunch with one of our staff, that people motivate and inspire me. We were in a remote little café in Beit Jala (outside of Bethlehem) that didn’t even have a sign. There were twenty chairs at most. We sat there eating chicken with our hands and talking about the challenges of living and working in the West Bank. Everyday life is costly; there are check points to pass, violence in some areas, political changes everyday and a general feeling of uncertainty. However, despite it all, people keep smiling. People keep working. People hold on to their dreams.

Thanks to God, and each and every one of you — our church leaders, donors, board members, volunteers, and staff — IOCC has expanded from Eastern Europe to the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. We have increased our services by the tens of millions of dollars. We have stayed the course. Together we helped people help themselves; we have clothed them, we have fed them, we have made them smile. That is what we do and that is what we will continue to do.

In Christ,

Constantine M. Triantafilou
Executive Director and CEO

Click here for excerpts from Dean’s Belgrade Journal

First Ever IOCC Holy Land Study Tour A Success

IOCC’s first ever Study Tour to the Holy Land provided both spiritually poignant moments and informative sessions on the full portfolio of IOCC’s humanitarian work in the West Bank. Eighteen IOCC supporters from throughout the U.S. and Orthodox jurisdictions traveled to Jerusalem where they were met by IOCC Jerusalem staff. The next eight days were spent meeting with various government, education, and religious leaders, including an audience with His Beatitude THEOPHILOS, the Patriarch of Jerusalem. Holy sites were also visited in Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Jericho. A very special highlight was midnight Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, where clergy of the Study Group served with a Metropolitan and other clergy of the Jerusalem Patriarchate. The Study Tour was led by senior IOCC staffers Dan Christopulos and Matt Parry and Jerusalem/West Bank Head of Office Nora Kort.

Click here to see the study tour diary

VOICES of: Faithful Supporters
“IOCC is an expression of the international reach of the Orthodox Church and the Orthodox Church is the universal church, so IOCC’s work is very appropriate. We are impressed with the care with which IOCC projects are chosen and the responsible way they are executed and the accountability of IOCC to its donors.”

Don and Allison Lemons
Wichita, KS
(IOCC annual supporters since 1992)
“I support IOCC because it is a pan-Orthodox organization that has a wide affect on Orthodoxy all over the world. It is not just locally oriented but helps people all over the world. I am very happy to see it developing into an impressive international organization. I was in Bosnia visiting my relatives and I saw an IOCC bus on the street and it made me realize how active the organization is.”

Ljiljana Grkovich
Peabody, MA
(IOCC annual supporter since 1992)

IOCC Lebanon Featured on U.S. State Department Web Site

IOCC Lebanon and its work to rehabilitate 65 villages in the South was recently featured on the web site of the U.S. State Department. The site particularly notes IOCC Lebanon’s well established reputation in the area due to its five years of experience implementing a school feeding and education program. IOCC Lebanon’s work to assist vulnerable citizens in the areas surrounding Bint Jbeil, Marjayoun, Hasbaya and Tyre is made possible through a grant by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). IOCC is installing water and sanitation systems, distributing educational material for psychological support, and repairing 23 public schools.

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/pix/b/nea/77984.htm

IOCC Volunteer Home Building Project for Gulf Coast Stimulates Interest in IOCC

Since November 2006, IOCC’s U.S. Programs has been organizing volunteer teams to travel to the Gulf Coast and build homes for the thousands who have been living in temporary housing since the 2005 hurricane season. To date, four teams of IOCC volunteers have built new homes in Covington, Louisiana and Biloxi, Mississippi. “This is a program that can really galvanize our U.S. Orthodox constituents,” says IOCC U.S. Programs Coordinator Pascalis Papouras. “It gives American Orthodox an opportunity to do missions work right here in the U.S. in a way that fills a very significant need considering the shortage of manpower on the Gulf Coast.” IOCC has pledged to completely finance the building of three homes in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity International. Papouras will be organizing at least six more teams to work in the area until July 2007. By then, approximately 250 IOCC volunteers will have taken part in the program. If you would like to volunteer to help build new homes with IOCC on the Gulf Coast, please visit our web site at www.iocc.org to complete an on-line application, or call toll free at 1-877-803-IOCC (4622).

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Invitation from USAID

Executive Director Constantine M. Triantafilou has been invited by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to serve on its Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA). ACVFA is the official advisory committee between USAID and private voluntary organizations active in humanitarian assistance and development work overseas. Comprised of 24 private citizens with extensive knowledge of international development, ACVFA helps provide the underpinning for cooperation between the public and private sectors in U.S. foreign assistance programs. The committee also includes representatives from foundations, think tanks, and for-profit corporations.