IOCC Volunteer Update - September 2016

Volunteer Update - September 2016

November 20, 2016

Welcome autumn by telling fellow parishioners about your work with IOCC—and by organizing an awareness-raising event in your parish for IOCC Sunday: A Day of Sharing. Plan a coffee hour, presentation, or luncheon to introduce your parish to the meaningful change that your support brings to families devastated by disaster. Downloadable materials will be available soon! Here are some ways to participate:
  • Encourage Clergy Participation: Talk with your priest about the IOCC Sunday Encyclical (coming soon!) from the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States, include materials in the Sunday bulletin, and take a special collection for IOCC.
  • Encourage Youth Participation: Organize an emergency-kit drive and arrange for the young people in your parish to help assemble them (, or host a small IOCC fundraiser (bake sale, angel tree, spaghetti dinner — be creative!).
  • Set Up an Information Table: A brief presentation paired with an IOCC table display during coffee hour is a great way to show your continued support. Contact an Outreach Coordinator (410-243-9820; to request items like posters, prayer booklets, brochures, icon cards, and magnets.

Your Impact
IOCC Hosts Youth Service-Leadership Conference: High school seniors from eight Orthodox Christian jurisdictions across the US participated in the IOCC Serv-X-Treme! Youth Leadership Conference this summer.
IOCC Responds to Syrian Families Displaced by Fighting in Hasakeh: After some 65,000 people were displaced from their homes in Hasakeh, Syria, IOCC is providing food, hygiene kits, and household items to families sheltering outside the city.
IOCC Assisting in Louisiana: IOCC has been supporting victims of the catastrophic flooding that has engulfed much of southern Louisiana, forcing more than 30,000 people from their homes.
Miss a press release? Catch up here.

Race to Respond with TEAM IOCC!
"Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us...."
— Heb 12:1

Join our growing team of 12 dedicated supporters at the Baltimore Running Festival on October 15 — give purpose to your passion! When YOU run or walk, families around the world win! IOCC will help you set up a personal fundraising page to share with family and friends how you are making a difference for others. Visit for more info.
Looking to race in your hometown? Contact us to get started at Go Team IOCC!

Did You Know...?
IOCC is working in the West Bank and Gaza to build the resilience of women headed households. In rural areas, 75 women are receiving assistance to establish or improve kitchen gardens (whose produce they can eat or sell), as well as training to build their agricultural and marketing skills. Your generosity supports food security and more-stable income for these families.

#GivingTuesday Is November 29 This Year!
Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday. It's never too early to get ready for #GivingTuesday! Share what you're doing for this international day of giving on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and tag @IOCCRelief!

IOCC Awareness Events

Planning 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

New York, NY
On September 22, professionals in NYC gathered for an IOCC awareness happy hour at PS 450 on Park Avenue. Apart from a chance to mingle and relax for a good cause, guests also had the opportunity to chat with IOCC Development Officer Lou Zagami, who shared the organization's worldwide projects. Thanks to the dedicated volunteers who organized a fun night out for IOCC!

Akron, OH

On Saturday, September 24, 2016 TEAM IOCC: Akron once again stormed the Rubber City Race Series! This year 9 participants from Northeast Ohio took on the marathon, half-marathon, and relay to help serve those most in need around the world. Thank you to all the runners, walkers, and IOCC sponsors and supporters who made a difference by going the extra mile — literally!

2017 Is a Milestone!
Happy birthday, IOCC! Well, almost. Next year IOCC celebrates 25 years of service — made possible by your generosity.

Help us plan ahead by scheduling your 2017 events now!

We'd love to send a speaker to your parish, so please let us know what you're planning so we can make travel arrangements well ahead of time. IOCC will provide specially branded promotional materials for the 25th anniversary, so look for those in the coming months! And thank you!

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!

Upcoming IOCC Events
  • Saturday, October 1, 2016: Cleveland, OH – A Fashion Show & Tea Party for IOCC
  • Saturday, October 1, 2016: Chicago, IL – Walk the Walk for IOCC: Annual 5K
  • Thursday, October 13, 2016: Salt Lake City, UT – Wine & Chef's Tastings to Benefit IOCC
  • Saturday, October 15, 2016: Baltimore, MD – Race to Respond at the Baltimore Running Festival
  • Saturday, October 15, 2016: Bergenfield, NJ – Taste of North Jersey to Benefit IOCC
  • Thursday, October 20, 2016: Salt Lake City, UT – Wine Tasting to Benefit IOCC
  • Friday, October 21, 2016: Charlotte, NC – Annual Banquet for IOCC
  • Saturday, October 22, 2016: Washington, DC – Byzantine Chant & Wine Reception for IOCC
  • Sunday, October 23, 2016: St. Louis, MO – Annual Banquet for IOCC
  • Friday, October 28, 2016: Philadelphia, PA – Annual Banquet for IOCC
  • Saturday, October 29, 2016: Dallas, TX – Evening to Benefit IOCC
  • Saturday, November 5, 2016: Palos Heights, IL – St. Spyridon Annual IOCC Walk
  • Saturday, November 5, 2016: Randolph, NJ – Pan-Orthodox Vespers & Reception for IOCC
  • Sunday, November 6, 2016: Indianapolis, IN – Annual Evening to Benefit IOCC
  • Sunday, November 6, 2016: San Francisco Bay Area, CA – 24th Annual Remembering Home Dinner
  • Thursday, November 10, 2016: Minneapolis, MN – Annual Twin Cities Benefit for IOCC
For information about these IOCC events and more, 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.