IOCC Volunteer Update - January 2018

Plan Ahead: Schedule 2018 Events Now

The Lenten season is a great time to think about scheduling a fast-friendly reception or presentation to capture the spirit of almsgiving. We'd love to send a speaker to your parish or event; please let us know what you're planning, so we can make travel arrangements well ahead of time. And don't be afraid to get creative with your ideas! See our volunteer calendar here for inspiration. 

souperbowl-logo-color.jpgSouper Bowl of Caring

Souper Bowl Sunday is around the corner! February 4 is the big game, and with it comes a chance to make a meaningful difference. Organize a collection in your parish: donate canned goods to a local soup kitchen to help your community, and send funds collected to IOCC to help your world. Check out for more info and lots of resources to download.

Dedicate Your Birthday and Transform Lives!

Cupcake January Volunteer Update

Are you looking for a powerful way to give? IOCC has ways to fundraise that uses your passion to help those in need. Our DIY (do-it-yourself) fundraising platform allows you to create a personal page and help raise funds to improve the lives of women, children, men, and families facing manmade and natural disasters around the world. Is there anything better than knowing you’ve rallied your community to help others? Get started here:

Volunteers Needed in 2018

January Update Build

Several dates are now posted online for our 2018 Orthodox Action Team builds. We are recruiting volunteers for critical home repairs and home builds in St. Augustine, Florida for February and March to help support long-term recovery after disasters. Visit our website for updates and more information here.

Spread the Word about IOCC Internships
Internship January Volunteer Update

Want to learn about humanitarian and emergency-response work from the inside? Check out IOCC’s 2018 summer internship in our US Programs office here.

Represent TEAM IOCC in Your City's 5K
January Volunteer Update Race

Check to see if your city will have an annual walk, run, or marathon this year, and consider leading a team for IOCC. Register and publicize your event early to recruit athletes without a team to your cause. Check out one of our upcoming races here to see what your team's page could look like. Email or call an Outreach Coordinator at 410-243-9820 to get started in your city!

Volunteers in Action

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

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Baltimore, MD
On January 27, the youth of St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church held a hygiene kit assembly as part of their teen retreat. About 20 participants listened to a brief presentation about IOCC’s work around the world, and put together hygiene kits to assist those in need. Thanks to these parishioners for starting the year off strong with their service!

Kansasville, WI and Bolivar, PA
The campus ministry Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) held its annual college conference in December, providing students with a midyear break to relax and meet new people, as well as to learn a bit about IOCC. Thanks to 2017 College Conference Midwest and East for helping share IOCC at the conference!

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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