Message from the Executive Director
One of the things I’ve learned in my 12 years of service to IOCC is that our supporters want to know that they’re making a meaningful difference. They want to help in a tangible, concrete way. That’s why we have tried to give as much ownership and hands-on opportunity to them as possible. The IOCC Children’s Prayer Journal and Emergency Kits program are excellent ways for our youth to get involved.
Another way that people are making a difference is through IOCC’s growing Gifts-in-Kind program. This program multiplies the impact of your charitable dollar while providing essential assistance to children and families in need. First, IOCC obtains in-kind donations (material goods such as books, medicines and blankets) from corporations and other partners. Then, your gift enables IOCC to effectively and efficiently transport, distribute and monitor this aid to the people who need it the most.
Recently, IOCC responded to the continued urgent needs for medical supplies and equipment in Serbia-Montenegro. NBA star Peja Stojakovic’s generous gift of $25,000 covered the freight and shipping costs, translating into $2.9 million in life-saving assistance. So you see how your gifts can grow dramatically through the Gifts-in-Kind program.
In Ethiopia, IOCC’s partner, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, requested much-needed textbooks for school children. IOCC was
able to provide enough donated textbooks to fill two 40-foot containers. Donors’ gifts totaling $30,000 covered the freight and shipping costs, translating into 30,000 books worth more than $1.3 million that will provide opportunity and hope to children with limited or no access to books.
That’s the power of leveraging, and that’s why we’re working hard to build IOCC’s Gifts-in-Kind program. Your gifts can touch so many more lives when IOCC uses them to leverage first-quality, urgently needed humanitarian supplies from its partners.
In this issue of News & Needs, you will read about the many ways that IOCC’s Gifts-in-Kind program is touching lives around the world in Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the West Bank, Ethiopia, Albania and elsewhere. Thank you for taking ownership in IOCC and for joining us as we work together for a more peaceful world.
Yours In Christ,
Constantine M. Triantafilou