IOCC Volunteer Update – September 2012
Be a Part of the Giving Season's Opening Day
Join IOCC and hundreds of organizations across the country on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, for #GivingTuesday, a national effort to promote charitable giving, fundraising, and support for humanitarian assistance around the world. Take part in our nation's great tradition of generosity by participating with us, inspiring others to spread the word ... and making #GivingTuesday an annual holiday season tradition…even bigger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday! For more information about the #GivingTuesday campaign, volunteer opportunities, how to become a social media ambassador, or ideas for kicking off an "opening day" event in your area, visit www.givingtuesday.org.

2012 IOCC Children's Prayer Journal Now Available
Attention volunteers, religious educators, and youth ministry coordinators! Does your parish utilize the IOCC Children's Prayer Journal? This free resource is designed to help children, ages 7-12, learn to pray and care for others in need. It is also a great way to introduce the work of IOCC to young people and their families, actively engaging and educating those in your parish about IOCC's humanitarian mission.

This year's Prayer Journal includes new features about several dedicated "humanitarian heroes" and their efforts to help others: Vlade Divac, former NBA All-Star; Sentayehu Ejigu, Ethiopian long-distance runner; and Nick Markakis, Major League Baseball Player.

Please contact your Sunday school director or parish priest about ordering copies from the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese at 1-800-566-1088. For more information, visit www.iocc.org/prayerjournal.

IOCC Sunday of Sharing: November 18, 2012
Designated each year by the Hierarchs of the Assembly of Bishops, IOCC Sunday will take place this year on November 18, 2012. Your participation is essential in helping us raise awareness and support for the life-saving mission of IOCC in your own parish. There are many ways to get involved. Here are some ideas to help spread the word about IOCC's important humanitarian aid programs:
  • Download Free Materials: Download free IOCC Sunday resource materials and bulletin announcements at www.iocc.org/ioccsunday
  • Encourage Clergy Participation: Ask your priest to read aloud the Assembly's IOCC Sunday encyclical, include materials in the Sunday bulletin, and take a special collection for IOCC.
  • Encourage Youth Participation: Arrange for the young people in your parish to assemble Emergency Kits (visit www.iocc.org/giftsofheart.aspx for more information) and encourage them to enter the IOCC Sunday of Sharing Drawing Contest (see below).
  • Set up an Informational Table: A brief presentation paired with an IOCC table display during coffee hour is a great way to show your continued support. Feel free to call our office (877-803-4622) to request additional printed materials like brochures, icon ID cards, magnets, or our newest video, "Respond. Rebuild. Inspire."

Attention Young People: Enter the IOCC Sunday Drawing Contest!
Participate in this day of sharing by drawing a picture of how to help someone in need. IOCC may display it on our website and Facebook page. Please submit your entry by November 2, 2012. Email your picture to jbuchanan@iocc.org or send it to:

International Orthodox Christian Charities
110 West Road, Suite 360
Baltimore, MD 21204 U.S.A.

Volunteer Highlight – Emily Pappas

This month we would like to recognize volunteer Emily Pappas for her outstanding and dedicated support for IOCC. As the chair of the Boston Metropolitan Committee for almost two years, she has organized several events to help raise awareness about IOCC including picnics, young adult socials, and Sunday "Fun" raisers. Emily has also participated in three IOCC Race to Respond events, running the Boston Marathon in 2010 and 2011. She will run again this year in the Applefest Half-Marathon in Hollis, New Hampshire, on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Please join us in thanking Emily for her hard work and commitment to IOCC by showing your support on her Race to Respond page.

IOCC Welcomes our New Employee: Christina Meares

Please help us welcome the newest member of our IOCC team in Baltimore, Christina Meares. As the Senior Outreach Coordinator, she will be working extensively with the Metropolitan Committees of the Midwest and West Coast. Christina previously served for eight years as the National Programs Coordinator of the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. She comes to us with experience in event planning, communications, graphic design, in addition to a comprehensive understanding of the traditions and culture of Orthodoxy in the United States. Welcome, Christina!

UPCOMING IOCC EVENTS:
Please share event details with friends in these areas!
  • September, 29, 2012: Chicago, ILSixth Annual 5K Run/Walk
  • September 30, 2012: Salt Lake City, UTEnd of Summer BBQ and Dance
  • October 2, 2012: Virginia Beach, VA – 11th Annual Charity Golf Outing
  • October 6, 2012: Cleveland, OH – IOCC Biennial Fashion Show
  • October 6, 2012: Hollis, NHRace to Respond / Applefest Half Marathon
  • November 1, 2012: Charlotte, NC – 11th Annual Pan-Orthodox Dinner
  • November 3, 2012: Palos Heights, IL – 4th Annual IOCC 5K Run/Walk
  • November 4, 2012: San Francisco, CARemembering Home Dinner
  • November 4, 2012: Seattle, WA – 5th Annual IOCC Action Dinner
  • November 10, 2012: Minneapolis, MN – IOCC Annual Dinner
  • November 11, 2012: St. Louis MO – IOCC Annual Dinner
  • November 18, 2012: Akron, OH – IOCC Sunday Dinner and Thanksgiving Service
  • November 25, 2012: Reading, PA – Annual IOCC/OCMC Event
For detailed information on events near you, please visit the IOCC Event Page or e-mail IOCC Outreach Coordinators Christina Meares at cmeares@iocc.org or Laura Hendershot at lhendershot@iocc.org.

The Perfect Person's Rule of Life:
The perfect person does not only try to avoid evil. Nor does he do good for fear of punishment, still less in order to qualify for the hope of a promised reward.

The perfect person does good through love.

His actions are not motivated by desire for personal benefit, so he does not have personal advantage as his aim. But as soon as he has realized the beauty of doing good, he does it with all his energies and in all that he does.

He is not interested in fame, or a good reputation, or a human or divine reward. The rule of life for a perfect person is to be in the image and likeness of God.

St. Clement of Alexandria


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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