IOCC Volunteer Update - August 2017

IOCC Volunteer Update: Aug.'17


IOCC is closely monitoring the progression of Hurricane Harvey as it continues to impact Southern Texas and Louisiana. Our staff remains in contact with partners, including members of national and local VOADs (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). Additionally, IOCC is activating the Frontliners, our emergency response network, to offer emotional and spiritual care to the people affected by the storm. Even after the storm subsides, IOCC’s work to clean and rebuild homes will continue into the coming weeks and months.

Ways to Help Today

  1. Tell your parishes and friends: IOCC is responding. Download a bulletin insert here: full size bulletin insert or half page bulletin insert
  2. Make a gift to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund.
  3. Assemble clean-up buckets to start the hard work ahead.
  4. Share all this info on Facebook!

Race with TEAM IOCC


"Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us..." ~ (Heb. 12:1)

When you run—or walk, or bike, or swim—families around the world win! Celebrate IOCC’s 25th Anniversary and help those in need by dedicating an athletic event to IOCC.

Baltimore: October 21 — Baltimore Running Festival: Join IOCC Board members, IOCC staff, and dedicated volunteers in our 5th year running in Charm City.

Akron: September 23 — Akron Rubber City Race Series: Participate with a pan-Orthodox group of runners and walkers in Akron to make a difference.

Your Hometown: Register for your favorite race and run solo or with a team!

Start making a difference today: set up a fundraising page, and share with family and friends. Go Team IOCC!



Are you wondering what YOU can do to help those in need? Are you having a birthday, running a race, or looking to celebrate a loved one?

Then we need your help!

IOCC has a way to fundraise: we’re proud to share our do-it-yourself program, or DIY for IOCC. In three simple steps, mobilize your network for positive, lasting change: it’s social media with meaning.

  • Create your own webpage
  • Personalize it with photos and reflections
  • Send messages to friends and family that will inspire

To mark IOCC’s 25th anniversary, we’ve set out to raise $25,000 through DIY for IOCC. You can offer hope to those in need, at home and abroad. Setting up a page takes just a few minutes—get started here!

Start the Year Strong: IOCC Sunday | Nov. 19

This year’s IOCC Sunday, “A Day of Sharing,” is November 19—and just around the corner. Plan ahead! Here are some ways you can help:

  • Encourage clergy participation. Talk with your priest about reading the IOCC Sunday Encyclical from the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States, and take a special collection for IOCC.
  • Plan an event or IOCC display. Organize a coffee hour, presentation, or luncheon to introduce the meaningful change that IOCC brings to families devastated by poverty, hunger, and disaster.
  • Get parish youth involved. Encourage the youth group or Sunday School to organize a kit drive or their own IOCC fundraiser—a car wash, dance-a-thon, or spaghetti dinner. Get creative!

Contact an Outreach Coordinator (410-243-9820; to request posters, prayer booklets, brochures, icon cards, and magnets, or to talk about your creative ideas!

Next-Generation Philanthropists


The fourth annual Serv-X-Treme! youth leadership conference took place this year July 29–August 4 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Established as IOCC’s signature youth program, the conference brings together rising high school juniors and seniors to gain a deeper understanding of Orthodox philanthropy and diakonia (service) through service and leadership.

During the week-long conference, participants worked on home builds with Habitat for Humanity, visited with other faith-based relief groups to understand their models for philanthropy, and conducted group exercises to build leadership skills, explore their passions, and understand the importance of devoting time and talents to serving others.

Your Stories Heard Here #IOCC25

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Which IOCC programs get you excited—education, clean water, agriculture? Tell us on Facebook, and tag us! Need inspiration? Read about programs here, and check out these videos for a personal take:

NEW! Supporting Educational Dreams: Fr. Evan
In Her Own Words: Natasa
A Volunteer’s Journey: Steve
The Power of One: Grace

Did You Know ... ?

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It’s never too early to get ready for #GivingTuesday! Last year you blew our matching challenge out of the water. Get ready to set a new record this year on November 28 — more info coming soon!

Last Chance This Year to Rebuild


Just one more home build in 2017, and we want you! Join us in Nassau, Bahamas, December 30, 2017 — January 6, 2018. Read more and apply here.

IOCC Awareness Events

To get your local IOCC event on the calendar, contact

Denver, CO


IOCC supporters in the Greater Denver area gathered once again at St. Catherine’s Greek Orthodox Church on Saturday, August 19 for their annual Pan-Orthodox 5K Run/Walk for IOCC. The Pan-Orthodox event brought together more than 100 people and several clergy from more than 10 local Orthodox churches. The race was followed by the Blessing of the Five Loaves, and a wonderful meal and fellowship. Many thanks to board member Elaine Cladis, to Omar Rihani, and to everyone who worked so hard to make this awesome event possible!

Volunteers in Action

Let us know about your kit drives and IOCC presentations – email images and brief write-ups to so we can feature them here. And thank you!

Teens at Antiochian Convention Asssemble 1,000 Kits


As part of this summer’s 53rd Biannual Archdiocesan Convention of the Antiochian Orthodox Church, a special humanitarian social event took place for the teens. Youth from all over the country gathered in Hollywood, Florida to assemble emergency kits for those in need around the world. His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph also stopped by during the assembly to bless the project. In all, the Antiochian teens were able to complete and contribute 1,000 hygiene kits which were delivered in person to the warehouse in New Windsor, Maryland. These kits will make a critical difference to people facing hardship worldwide. Incredible — thank you!

Upcoming IOCC Events - Celebrate with us!

Check for updates at And thank you for celebrating with us!

IOCC Is Hiring

Bring your expertise to an organization making a difference around the world. Join our team in one of the following positions—some in our Baltimore headquarters and some abroad. Know someone who would be a perfect fit? Please pass this info along to them! For full job descriptions and application instructions, visit

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