IOCC Assists West Virginia Families

Members of the IOCC Frontline dispatched this week to respond to recent devastating floods in West Virginia and have begun distribution of aid to families in need in remote areas of the state where access remains difficult due to storm damage.

IOCC "Frontline" Delivers Assistance to Families Affected by West Virginia Flooding

Members of the IOCC Frontline, unload clean-up buckets at National Guard armory in Lewisburg, WV. The buckets, many of which were donated by Orthodox Christians, are being provided to families affected by recent catastrophic flooding in West Virginia. photo: D. Christopulos/IOCC

July 1, 2016

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Members of the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Frontline dispatched this week to respond to recent devastating floods in West Virginia and have begun distribution of aid to families in need in remote areas of the state where access remains difficult due to storm damage. More than 500 clean-up buckets with household cleaning supplies, many donated by Orthodox Christian parishes and organizations from across the country through IOCC's kit donation program, have been delivered to a distribution center outside of Lewisburg, WV and are being distributed to smaller communities in the area.

IOCC Country Representative Daniel Christopulos is coordinating IOCC's response with Orthodox Christian hierarchs, local clergy and Orthodox Christian volunteers, ecumenical partners and sister agencies in the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD), an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters. Frontline members Fr. Andrew Lentz, Dn. Constantine Shepherd, Dr. Marilyn Brady and Christopulos are working with the support of His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh and His Grace Bishop Thomas of the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America. The Frontline team is staging out of St. George Antiochian Cathedral in Charleston, WV and St. Nicholas Antiochian Church in Beckley, WV. Fr. Christopher Eid and Fr. Samuel Haddad of the respective Orthodox churches have been working with the Frontline team and introducing them to local leadership.

IOCC Frontline members Dn. Constantine Shepherd, Dr. Marilyn Brady and Fr. Andrew Lentz are briefed by Fr. Samuel Haddad pastor of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church in Beckley, WV about the flooding that has ravaged the state. photo: D. Christopulos/IOCC
"We are focused on providing relief supplies to affected communities in coordination with our partners in VOAD," reported Christopulos, who also serves as the president of the state chapter for VOAD in Minnesota. "In addition to the material aid, members of the IOCC Frontline have been called on by the West Virginia Council of Churches to provide emotional and spiritual care for families in flood-affected communities and are currently working in smaller communities near Lewisburg."

Bishop Thomas met earlier this week with IOCC Executive Director Constantine Triantafilou to discuss the aid efforts, and has instructed his parishes to fully support the work of IOCC and offered the resources of the Diocese to assist in the efforts.

IOCC has also received the support of the Metropolis of Pittsburgh Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society at the direction of Metropolitan Savas and is poised to offer specific aid as the situation warrants.


Make a donation. You can help the victims of disasters in the United States, like the West Virginia floods, by making a financial gift to the United States Emergency Response Fund. Your support will provide immediate relief as well as long-term support through emergency aid, recovery assistance and other support to help those in need. To make a gift, please visit, call toll free at 1-877-803-IOCC (4622), or mail a check or money order payable to IOCC, P.O. Box 17398, Baltimore, MD 21297-0429.

Assemble emergency kits. IOCC also anticipates the need for Emergency Clean-Up Buckets which are in low supply. For directions on how to assemble Emergency Clean-Up Buckets, please visit


IOCC is the official humanitarian aid agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. Since its inception in 1992, IOCC has delivered $580 million in relief and development programs to families and communities in more than 50 countries. IOCC is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy. To learn more about IOCC, please visit our website at

Media contact: Rada K. Tierney, IOCC Media Relations, 443-823-3489,