IOCC Marks 15th Anniversary

Milestone Underscores Achievement as Preeminent Humanitarian Aid Organization for Orthodox Christians

Baltimore (March 9, 2007) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), founded in the midst of the historic upheavals of the end of Communism in Eastern Europe and the Balkan Wars, will mark its 15th anniversary on March 10, 2007. Today, with eleven field offices around the world, IOCC continues to be the preeminent philanthropic arm of North American Orthodox Christians as it responds to crises wherever they occur — Lebanon, Indonesia, Ethiopia, the Holy Land, and the US Gulf Coast.

“IOCC, which first received our Apostolic blessing and mandate in 1992, has gone out in the Name of Christ and in the spirit of Orthodoxy to 33 countries and delivered more than $250 million in emergency aid and development programs,” says His Beatitude Metropolitan HERMAN, the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America. “We redouble our patronal blessing upon IOCC, the fruit of our brotherly unity and the future of Orthodoxy in America,” he continued.

“As we mark this 15th anniversary milestone, we thank God and every one of our church leaders, donors, board members, volunteers, and staff who have helped IOCC expand throughout the world and increase our services by the tens of millions of dollars,” says Executive Director and CEO Constantine M. Triantafilou. “We look forward with a strategic plan that will allow us to expand our disaster relief and development programs in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and right here in the US,” he continued.

Today, IOCC’s full portfolio of programs includes community development and mobilization, refugee return and assistance, micro-credit and one-time start up capital, agriculture and food production, disaster and emergency relief, education and training, youth development and services, social welfare, shelter construction and repair, and gifts-in-kind programs.

The organization will be marking its anniversary by paying tribute to its founders, supporters and partners in events held by its Metropolitan Committees throughout the United States.

IOCC was founded in 1992 as the official humanitarian aid agency of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA).