IOCC Volunteer Update - December 2017

Christ Is Born! Glorify Him!

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Today Christ is born of the Virgin in Bethlehem. Today He who knows no beginning now begins to be, and the Word is made flesh. The powers of heaven greatly rejoice, and the earth with mankind makes glad. The Magi offer gifts, the shepherds proclaim the marvel, and we cry aloud without ceasing: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will among men.

Christ is Born! Glorify Him! IOCC wishes all of our dedicated volunteers a peaceful, joyful Nativity feast—whether you’ve already celebrated or will celebrate in January—and a new year filled with blessings for you and your loved ones. Thank you for your generosity in sharing with those in great need around the world; we are so grateful that you do.

Thank you for a wonderful 25th anniversary year!

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IOCC’s continued work depends on people like you working to share your passion for serving others around the world. Thank you for helping us celebrate our 25th year with more than 65 incredible events across the country. Because of you, families are protected from the winter cold, communities have to access clean water, refugees are receiving assistance, schools and homes have been rebuilt, and entrepreneurs are growing their businesses. Thank you for being part of this work!

Volunteers needed in 2018

December Volunteer Update Build

Dates will be posted soon to recruit volunteers for critical home repairs and home builds in places including West Virginia, Texas, and Florida. Stay tuned and check the Orthodox Action Team page here.

IOCC Awareness Events

To get your local IOCC event on the calendar, contact

Worcester, MA
On December 10, parishioners at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral welcomed IOCC Development Officer Lou Zagami for an IOCC Presentation and Reception. People gathered to enjoy a reception and fellowship, and learn about IOCC’s relief and development efforts to help those in need. The St. George Women’s Club also graciously hosted a bake sale and coffee hour to support IOCC. Thank you to Ligia Masterjohn and all of the volunteers who made this special day possible!

Stamford, CT

December Volunteer Update Stamford

On Nov 11, the Philoptochos of Archangels Greek Orthodox Church in Stamford, Connecticut hosted a charity “Turkey Bingo” event. This year IOCC was chosen as one of the charities to receive proceeds from the festive evening of games and prizes. Thank you to Lara Paschalidis and all of the Philoptochos volunteers for this great fellowship event!

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!

Palm Beach, FL

December Volunteer Update Ramona

Congratulations to Ramona Bean, who dedicated the Palm Beaches Marathon on December 3 to IOCC! Ramona used the DIY for IOCC online fundraising platform to raise more than $500 for those in need and to spread the word about IOCC’s humanitarian efforts. Thank you, Ramona!

Upcoming IOCC Events 

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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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