IOCC Volunteer Update - March 2017

Sneak Preview: It's Time to DIY!
It's here! Well, almost. Officially, DIY for IOCC, our brand new shiny online do-it-yourself fundraising platform, rolls out during Bright Week. But it's never too early to get started, and we want you to be the first to see it! Check out creative ways to help those facing hardship:

IOCC Is 25! #IOCC25
Our 25th Anniversary webpage is online now at! Browse videos, get ideas, and read IOCC stories in this special addition to our site.
Please join us in celebrating our 25th Anniversary on your social media pages, using the hashtag #IOCC25 in your social media posts. Tell us why IOCC is important to you – use the #IOCC25 hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter – and help spread the word about IOCC's 25 years of humanitarian work.

Did You Know...?
As part of IOCC's Give for Greece program, over 40 agricultural co-ops in the northern region receive training on farming or industry-related techniques to help those affected by the economic crisis recover their livelihoods. In these pictures, oregano is being packaged and ready for sale at a local market. In these pictures, oregano is being packaged and prepared for sale at a local market.

IOCC in the News
Senior Director of Middle East Programs Mark Ohanian was featured on OCN's Come Receive the Light podcast talking about IOCC's support for internally displaced Syrians.
ReliefWeb, The National Herald, and OCA featured IOCC's release on Syria marking the sixth anniversary of the conflict.
IOCC and Apostoli's support for Greek agricultural co-operative Spartakos, a pasta maker, was highlighted on March 7 on ERT, Greece's national broadcast system.
Miss any news on IOCC? Catch up here.

Volunteers Needed for Home Builds
IOCC Orthodox Home Build Teams assist with long-term recovery in disaster-affected areas. After a disaster hits and the media attention has faded, the communities still face great need. As a home build volunteer, you can help families rebuild their homes! Read more and apply here:
Fayetteville, NCJune 4–June 10, 2017
Fayetteville, NCJune 19–June 24, 2017
Nassau, BahamasJuly 1–July 8, 2017
Baton Rouge, LAJuly 4–July 9, 2017
Nassau, BahamasDecember 30, 2017–January 6, 2018
Ellicott City, MDTBD
Charleston, WVTBD
Albert Lea, MNTBD

Summer Internship Deadline March 31!
IOCC is recruiting for summer internship positions in Baltimore, Maryland and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Gain valuable career experience working for an international NGO, and be part of an organization you know and love as we touch lives the world over. Two 10-12 week summer internships are currently available:
  • US Program Intern – Minneapolis field office (some travel to US project sites).
  • Development and Communications Intern – Baltimore HQ Office
Apply now at

IOCC Awareness Events
Organizing an IOCC event in your parish or community? IOCC Outreach is here to help you plan and publicize. To get your local IOCC event on the calendar, contact us at
Raleigh-Durham, NC

Over 80 Orthodox faithful in the Triangle area of North Carolina attended Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers services on March 5, hosted by St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Durham. Fr. Patrick Pulley of Holy Transfiguration Russian Orthodox Church in Morrisville; Fr. Nicholas Sorensen of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church; Fr. Paul Christy and Dn. Gavrilo Milkovich of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church; and host priest Fr. Stavroforos Mamaies co-celebrated this beautiful service marking the first Sunday of Great Lent. IOCC Development Officer Lou Zagami offered the homily at the service's end, outlining IOCC's worldwide humanitarian activities. Afterward, guests gathered to share a Lenten meal and camaraderie. Special thanks to event chair Helen Paliouras for planning the event, and to all the volunteers who made it possible!

Denver, CO

On March 18, the IOCC Denver Metropolitan Committee hosted its annual banquet for IOCC, with a record turnout. Guests included parishioners from nine area Orthodox churches: Assumption of the Theotokos Cathedral, St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, Sts. Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church, St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church, St. Luke Orthodox Church, St. Herman Orthodox Church, St. Dimitrie the New Romanian Orthodox Church, St. John Chrysostom Orthodox Church, and St. Mary Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Nearly 200 attendees filled the hall, where IOCC CEO and Executive Director Constantine Triantafilou was the keynote speaker. Development Officer Nick Kasemeotes offered reflections on his visits to IOCC projects and closing remarks. Many thanks to committee chair and board member Elaine Cladis and to the entire committee for making this the most successful banquet yet!

Bealeton, VA

On March 19, St. Patrick Orthodox Church hosted Around the World with IOCC: A Coffee-Hour Benefit after Sunday morning services. Fr. Patrick Cardine welcomed IOCC Development Officer Lou Zagami, who spoke about IOCC projects serving those in great need around the world. The tables were decorated with a simple spring theme, and light refreshments were served. Thank you, Marilyn Price, for planning this event and for all your hard work and initiative to make it happen!

Erie, PA
For the special Lenten service of Salutations to the Theotokos on Friday March 24, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and Fr. Donald Valasek in Erie welcomed IOCC Development Officer Lou Zagami. A Lenten dinner followed the service, during which Mr. Zagami presented a brief but comprehensive overview of IOCC's global work and then held a question-and-answer session. Thank you, Fr. Don, for sharing IOCC with the parish; thanks also to Rich Koerner, who organized and handled the evening's logistics!

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! Bealeton, VA

At St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Bealeton, parishioners of all ages joined forces to assemble IOCC emergency kits. Thank you for providing these basics to those in great need!

Richmond, VA

Parishioners of Ss. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral have organized their own kit drives and assembly sessions, focusing especially on clean-up buckets. Thank you for all your hard work!

Upcoming IOCC Events – Celebrate with us!
Interested in planning your own 25th Anniversary event? Help us plan ahead by scheduling now! We'd love to send a speaker to your parish. Please let us know what you're planning, so we can make travel arrangements well ahead of time. IOCC will also provide specially branded promotional materials for the 25th anniversary so that all parish members can join the festivities. Thank you for celebrating with us!
  • April 2: Pittsburgh, PA – Syrian Relief Dinner & Prayer Service
  • April 22: Baltimore, MD – A Big Fat Greek Wedding Reception for IOCC's 25th Anniversary
  • April 22: Cranston, RI – 25th Anniversary Pan-Orthodox Vespers & Buffet for IOCC
  • May 6: Sacramento, CA – Odyssey of Hope 25th Anniversary Gala
  • May 6–7: Pittsburgh, PA – TEAM IOCC at the Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend
  • May 11: Chicago, IL – 25th Anniversary Grand Banquet & Silent Auction
  • May 13: New York, NY – 25th Anniversary Celebration
  • June 3: Potomac, MD – An IOCC Reception for Syrian Relief
  • June 9: Cleveland, OH – 25th Anniversary IOCC Banquet
  • August 19: Denver, CO – Pan-Orthodox Walk/Run for IOCC
  • October 21: Baltimore, MD – TEAM IOCC at the Baltimore Running Festival
  • October 28: Charlotte, NC – 25th Anniversary IOCC Evening
  • October 29: Philadelphia, PA – 25th Anniversary IOCC Banquet
  • November 5: Castro Valley, CA – 25th Anniversary Remembering Home IOCC Dinner
  • November 9: Minneapolis, MN – 25th Anniversary IOCC Dinner
  • November 11: Saint Louis, MO – 25th Anniversary IOCC Banquet
  • November 12: Akron, OH – Thankfulness Dinner to Benefit IOCC

For information about these IOCC events and more, visit

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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Daily Prayer for IOCC Volunteers

O Heavenly King, Comforter, who grants all blessings,
we thank You for Your abundant grace and mercies.
Help us to be good stewards of Your treasury through the ministry of IOCC.
Help us to strip ourselves of our earthly adornment,
so that the poor may be sufficiently clothed and fed.
And, by so loving our neighbor, adorn us with the everlasting pearls of virtue instead.
Where there is suffering, help us to bring Your mercy. Where there is despair, Your hope;
Where there is war, allow us to present You who are the Prince of Peace;
Where there is pain, You who are the Comforter; Where there is hatred, You who are Love;
Where there is death and destruction; You who are the Resurrection and Life.
Daily guide our work in IOCC, so that we may do all things,
in every place and at all times, for Your glory. Amen.
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