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Your source for information on IOCC's disaster response and relief programs, as well as for background on IOCC programs.

Partnering with clergy & volunteers, IOCC celebrates “IOCC Sunday: A Day of Sharing”

Dream Centers offer Children, Families Safe Spaces, Support Overcoming Trauma

IOCC is set to release the newest edition of its prayer journal, an inspirational publication.

Through training with IOCC, Orthodox parishes undertake disaster preparedness planning.

IOCC has renewed its far-reaching Give for Greece program, including a pilot program in vocational training.

IOCC Expand Health Services in Rural Areas

Opportunity, Renewal in Western Balkans as Local Businesses Grow

Orthodox Christian Aid Org Offers Emergency Assistance, Support near Omaha

Staffers Offer Perspectives on Vocation of Service to Others

Vocational Training, Supplies Offer Path for Women to Earn Reliable Income

IOCC awarded grants to help communities recover after Hurricane Michael

IOCC's Gift Catalog Offers Gift-Giving for Humanitarian and Development Work

San Antonio Area Foundation executive accepts archdiocese’s highest honor

IOCC Adds School Supplies, Household Goods to Fire-Recovery Assistance

Emotional & spiritual care and needs assessment evaluations are under way in Winston-Salem, Wilmington.

IOCC Staff, volunteers, and equipment are staging for rapid response.

As flames die down, Orthodox humanitarian agency mobilizes to assess, meet needs in East Africa.

IOCC deploys emergency teams to clear homes of debris in the Baltimore Metro area.

Donors give over $1.2 million to aid families in Greece

IOCC is implementing services for people with disabilities in Azraq refugee camp, Jordan.

Orthodox Christian humanitarian agency offers basics of healthy living to those in need

Gifts show positive impact of support for IOCC's worldwide programming.

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America supports IOCC’s ongoing response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Fr. Thomas Paris to receive award for outstanding service supporting IOCC's humanitarian work.

The Jaharis Family Foundation announces new $1 million challenge gift.

IOCC is closely monitoring the continuing flooding and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Staff members remain in contact with partners to provide support as needed.

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) today announced the signing of a new agreement with long-time partner the St. Nektarios Education Fund of Loveland, Colorado to expand their joint efforts to provide education and clean water to children in Uganda.

After six years of conflict, IOCC is urging continued support for programs to meet the needs of Syrian children and adolescents who face food insecurity, lack access to education, and bear deep psychological scars.

“We didn’t have much money. We were in desperate need of assistance,” said Musa, a 50-year-old father of four in Jordan who was anxious to find a source of income to support his family after he lost his civil service job.

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is responding to a swath of destruction from Haiti to North Carolina left in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Food, cleaning supplies and other humanitarian assistance is being offered to families recovering from the deadly storm.

As Hurricane Matthew pummels the Florida coast with 100-mile-per-hour winds and powerful storm surges that threaten families along the Florida, Georgia and Carolinas coastal cities, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is monitoring the rapidly evolving situation and stands ready to respond with humanitarian relief.

More than two dozen high school seniors from eight Orthodox Christian jurisdictions across the US participated in the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) third annual Serv-X-Treme! Youth Leadership Conference in Minneapolis this summer.

Responding to the urgent needs of an estimated 65,000 people who were displaced from their homes by clashes in Syria’s northeastern city of Hasakeh, IOCC is providing families sheltering in schools outside the city with food, hygiene kits and household items.

Two million people in Aleppo, Syria have no access to running water after intensified fighting in the city damaged electrical networks needed to pump water into family homes.

IOCC is on the ground in Louisiana providing support to victims of catastrophic flooding that has engulfed much of southern Louisiana, claimed 13 lives and forced more than 30,000 people from their flooded homes.

Severe summer weather is leaving behind a path of destruction across the US, from flash floods in West Virginia to wind damage from tornadoes and flooding in Minnesota.

As torrential rain pummeled parts of West Virginia and threatened a new round of flooding, IOCC remains on the ground providing emotional and spiritual care and deploying IOCC volunteer clean-up crews to the hard hit towns of Clendenin and Rainelle.

Syria's civil war has created the greatest refugee upheaval since WWII, with 4.8 million Syrian men, women and children fleeing their homeland in search of refuge in other countries across the Middle East and Europe.

IOCC hosted one-day youth basketball and mentoring clinics to provide a fun, sports-focused environment and to reinforce healthy lifestyles and substance abuse prevention.

IOCC is supporting new ways to improve water access for the world's most vulnerable families and communities.

IOCC is working to reduce rising unemployment in Gaza

Volunteers from St. Louis clean out homes damaged by flooding.

IOCC responds to devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is responding to the urgent need for medical assistance in Syria. The number of injured people continues ...

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is responding to the urgent needs of families in Ethiopia suffering through the most severe drought in 30 years.

IOCC to begin mobilizing volunteers desperately needed for cleanup

IOCC is preparing relief for survivors of severe weather across the country.

IOCC is working to alleviate suffering caused by widespread drought conditions in southern and eastern regions of Ethiopia.

IOCC is responding to the urgent needs of migrants in Greece turned back at the border.

IOCC is responding with building supplies and other necessities to survivors on one of the hardest hit islands in the Bahamas.

IOCC is responding to the urgent needs of survivors from a deadly 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck Afghanistan, Pakistan, and parts of India.

IOCC is responding to the urgent needs of vulnerable refugees with food assistance and helping ease some of the strain on Greece's refugee relief efforts.

IOCC Emergency Response Network, along with local relief partners, are rallying together to help residents in hard hit Columbia.

IOCC has been in contact with Orthodox Church parishes in the most impacted areas of Columbia, Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Florence, South Carolina.

IOCC is responding to the urgent needs of the Ukraine conflict's most vulnerable victims with emergency food assistance

Participants strengthened their understanding of Christ-centered service and Orthodox Christian philanthropy through theoretical and hands-on service activities at the week-long gatherings.

IOCC is improving access to clean water for Syrian refugees living in Lebanon.

IOCC has had a humanitarian presence in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza since 1997, to help vulnerable groups-particularly women, children, youth and the elderly – improve their lives in times of conflict and increased isolation.

Archbishop Nicolae of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas welcomed Patriarch John X of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East and Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America to a luncheon with the IOCC Board of Directors.

IOCC is on the ground responding to the urgent needs of the Syrian refugees in southern Serbia.

IOCC is expanding its relief efforts to the country's growing number of people in need.

IOCC is responding to the dire needs of the refugees by improving poor hygiene and health conditions in the crowded reception centers.

IOCC is providing immediate assistance to families affected by the flooding, including food, essential non-food items, and more.

IOCC is helping more than 1000 Assyrian refugee children continue their school studies in Lebanon.

In the midst of continuing severe weather, increasing floodwaters, and a rising number of fatalities in Texas and Oklahoma, IOCC is working with Orthodox Frontliners and parishes as well as ecumenical partners to assess a coordinated response.

IOCC's ongoing assistance has helped thousands of survivors return to their homes and resume their lives.

IOCC is in contact with the Orthodox parishes in the affected area and is monitoring the situation with its ecumenical partners in order to determine the best course of action

IOCC was awarded the 2015 Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence recently at the annual Leadership 100 Conference held in Orlando, Florida.

IOCC is delivering financial assistance to provide critically needed humanitarian relief to survivors of this devastating quake.

IOCC is working with relief partners on the ground in Nepal to assess the immediate humanitarian needs and provide support for emergency relief.

IOCC is assessing the urgent needs of displaced families that managed to escape, and is prepared to provide for clothing, hygiene kits, medical services, and psychosocial support for those in need.

IOCC, working in partnership with the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East (GOPA), is providing emergency medical assistance, hygiene kits, and personal care items to displaced Idlib families who have fled to the Syrian port city of Lattakia.

When Superstorm Sandy obliterated entire neighborhoods along New York's and New Jersey's shorelines, St. Barbara's Greek Orthodox Church in Toms River, New Jersey, stood ready to weather the storm and its aftermath.

IOCC, in cooperation with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Development and Inter Church Aid Commission (EOC-DICAC), is responding with efforts to stem the spread of disease.

IOCC/GOPA is responding to the immediate needs of more than 1,000 displaced Syrian families seeking shelter.

IOCC is responding to this urgent and most basic need with water delivery to 20 large refillable water storage tanks installed in the affected communities.

IOCC is helping Greek families in search of work and opportunities in agriculture-related businesses.

Seminary students join the IOCC Orthodox Action team in rebuilding homes damaged by natural disaster.

IOCC is helping those in greatest need cope this winter with the distribution of heating stoves and fuel vouchers.

IOCC is responding with the distribution of handmade sweater sets for 600 children crafted last summer by 34 displaced Syrian women taught to knit through a cash-for-work program.

"We are very excited to become a member of the national VOAD and take our place alongside colleagues active in disaster response and recovery in our country."

Long-time board member and past treasurer, Mark D. Stavropoulos of Troy, Michigan, was named the new chairman of the board of directors for IOCC.

IOCC has embarked on a strategic campaign to educate Congressional leaders on the organization's expanding humanitarian programs, and to urge continued support for key international development efforts.

Team IOCC raised nearly $25,000 to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to families displaced by war, overcoming natural disasters or working their way out of poverty.

More than $773,000 in new books and reading materials were distributed by IOCC recently to children participating in tutoring, after school and early childhood education programs.

Emergency food parcels are being distributed to 700 flood victims from the hard hit communities of Wazirabad and Hafizabad in the Punjab province, home to more than half of Pakistan's people.

IOCC is responding to the urgent needs of Pakistan's most vulnerable survivors with emergency relief to flood-ravaged areas.

The Emergency Response Network (ERN), also known as the "Orthodox Frontline", is comprised of more than 100 highly trained, credentialed and experienced emergency response personnel who nimbly assist communities and Orthodox parishioners in times of crisis.

IOCC is fostering the philanthropic spirit among Orthodox youth with the launch of its inaugural Serv-X-Treme! Youth Leadership Conference.

IOCC is assisting families living in remote villages by providing them with home repair kits containing construction materials and tools to help restore their homes back to a safe and livable condition.

IOCC has had a humanitarian presence in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza since 1997, assisting more than 30,000 families.

IOCC is appealing for support to provide aid to families in urgent need of basic food and humanitarian supplies in the Gaza Strip.

IOCC is working to ease the harsh living conditions for vulnerable Syrian refugee families.

IOCC is improving access to learning for Uganda's youth.

IOCC has screened more than 13,000 Syrian refugee children for malnutrition and provided treatment to those in need of emergency nutrition.

IOCC is in Gaza, assessing the emerging humanitarian needs of those caught in the conflict.

IOCC has mobilized to respond to the emergency needs of flood survivors in the region.

His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and all the East has called for an international gathering of Orthodox Christian community leaders to join him for an ecclesial conference to address global Antiochian unity.

IOCC is providing a grant to support the organization's humanitarian work with women, children, farmers, youth, and disabled people from communities in need like Annathur.

IOCC is responding to the struggles of flood survivors with assistance to help get families back to their homes and their livelihoods.

The IOCC Emergency Response Network, or Frontline, is a volunteer network of highly trained, credentialed and experienced Orthodox clergy and laity who respond to man-made and natural disasters in the United States.

IOCC is working closely with local relief partner to reach remote rural areas and distribute emergency relief items such as drinking water, hygiene items, and household supplies to isolated elderly and families with small children.

IOCC is providing transportation support and quilts for evacuees being transferred to temporary shelters.

IOCC has staff on the ground in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina ready to assess the most urgent needs of the flood survivors.

Religious leaders gathered at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Chicago to dedicate more than 10,000 new books provided by International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)

The powerful spring storms that spawned a cluster of damaging tornadoes this past week have affected the lives of millions of people across the South.

IOCC is providing support for families in need from the Sorsogon Province of Luzon Island through a cash-for-work program to repair 36 homes in the area's hardest hit villages.

An IOCC/GOPA rapid response team has assisted 720 displaced families with emergency relief including temporary shelter at a local school.

IOCC is responding to the most dire needs of the refugees with assistance to provide sanitation facilities to curb the outbreak of disease and psychosocial support to help refugees cope with the trauma of fleeing their homes.

As the demand for safe, fresh water continues to increase around the world, IOCC is responding with efforts to improve access to clean and safe water and sanitation for those in need.

IOCC's community kitchen in Lebanon provides food and jobs for Syrian refugee families.

IOCC is continuing its work through ongoing initiatives to help these vulnerable families improve their farming techniques, raise their household incomes, and improve the learning environment for their children.

IOCC is responding to the growing health crisis by providing assistance to nearly 1,000 displaced Syrian people with medical needs.

IOCC is providing dozens of families in the town of Sorsogon with food and assistance to repair and reconstruct their homes.

IOCC/GOPA responded to the immediate needs of more than 400 evacuees at temporary shelters in the Al Ghouta neighborhood of Homs and in Waer.

Syrian civilians evacuated from the embattled city of Homs under a UN-negotiated cease-fire are being aided by International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) as they flee to safety.

Warm winter clothing is a welcome sight to Manal, 5, whose family lost everything when rocket fire struck their home in Homs, Syria, and burned it to the ground.

IOCC is providing services to help affected families overcome their traumatic experiences and begin rebuilding their lives.

IOCC mourns the passing of IOCC Honorary Board Member, Dr. George Farha.

IOCC is providing winter relief with the emergency distribution of heating fuel to 35 social institutions across 15 prefectures in northern Greece.

Heavy rains on Christmas Day sent many storm survivors scrambling for shelter in a country where more than one million family homes were severely damaged or completely destroyed last month by the one of the most powerful storms ever recorded.

IOCC is responding now to the urgent needs of 900 Syrian refugee families living in Lebanon's coldest regions with the distribution of stoves and fuel for heating and cooking.

IOCC is working to end hunger among Syria's refugee children.

An Orthodox priest looks on in disbelief as a survivor of Typhoon Haiyan leads them through the remains of his home in a remote area of Leyte Province in the Philippines.

This young displaced Syrian mother of two now living in the southern city of Dara'a carries away new thick blankets and bedding provided to her by IOCC.

IOCC established the program in cooperation with local community leaders to provide employment for displaced Syrian families.

The struggle to clear roads of debris and restore the lines of communication across the Philippines is slowing relief efforts for survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

IOCC emergency response personnel are assessing the humanitarian needs for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which has left a trail of destruction affecting an estimated 9.8 million people.

One of the most powerful storms to ever make landfall has slammed into the Philippines, setting off landslides, cutting off power and communications across the country, and forcing nearly 720,000 people to evacuate.

His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece recently met with the Greek Minister of Health, Adonis Georgiadis, to announce support for Greek hospitals with the shipment of five containers of medical supplies valued at nearly $4 million.

Dr. Rajiv Shah told a standing-room only gathering of aid workers and lawmakers that the key to eradicating extreme poverty around the world by 2030 will require enlisting broad public support to urge Congress to fund the efforts.

IOCC is improving health and hygiene conditions with access to clean water for more than 9,000 schoolchildren and teachers living in north west Cameroon.

Citing its ongoing response to the escalating humanitarian needs of millions of people affected by the civil war in Syria and the economic crisis in Greece, IOCC representatives met with Orthodox members of Congress to bring attention to the organization's rapidly expanding humanitarian and international development activities around the world.

A generation of school children is at risk as the education of Syrian youth threatens to become another casualty of the prolonged conflict.

Members of IOCC's Emergency Response Network from the Colorado area have been helping to distribute supplies and providing spiritual and emotional care to survivors.

Purchasing items with fresh food cards allows participating families to obtain important nutrition, and preserve their dignity and some sense of normalcy.

The Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc. announced a $1 million Challenge Grant to IOCC toward the expansion of its program to address the need for sustainable access to safe and nutritious food facing a rising number of people in Greece.

IOCC Frontliners are working at service centers to begin distributing relief items such as clean-up buckets and blankets as well as providing crisis counseling for Coloradans still coming to terms with the loss of loved ones and family homes.

As thousands of Coloradans begin to recover from floods triggered by a week of historically heavy rains, members of the IOCC Emergency Response Network, or Frontline, have been reaching out to communities and parishes in the impacted areas.

For centuries the Syrian town of Maaloula has been a peaceful enclave of coexistence among Christian and Muslim neighbors, and one of the few places where Aramaic, the ancient language of Christ, is still spoken.

IOCC is responding to the most urgent humanitarian needs of thousands of displaced families who have sought the relative safety of Tartous.

Twenty-two Orthodox Christians from around the country gathered to participate in training this week at St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church in Greenwood Village, Colorado, to become new members of the IOCC Frontline.

As fighting continues to spread to once peaceful cities across Syria, IOCC/GOPA is responding with assistance to families still living in conflict areas.

IOCC is responding to the urgent needs of the more than 60,000 families confined to this volatile area with emergency relief including food parcels, family hygiene kits, bedding, kitchen sets, and school supplies for children.

IOCC is responding to the immediate humanitarian needs of Syrian refugees and the growing number of Jordanian families who find themselves in increasingly difficult circumstances since the arrival of the refugees.

IOCC Frontliners have been on the ground offering spiritual and emotional care to the families of the stricken, emergency personnel, and residents of the community of Prescott, Arizona where the hotshot fire team was located.

For widowed Syrian refugees who are now living in Jordan and Lebanon, IOCC is providing basic necessities like infant supplies, personal hygiene kits, quilts, bedding, housewares, clothing, food, housing assistance and healthcare.

IOCC has sent a team of its Frontline trauma counselors to assist in spiritual and emotional care as well as further assess the emerging needs for any appropriate future responses that IOCC might offer.

IOCC delivered more than $740,000 in medical supplies to Skylitsion General Hospital of Chios, which serves the medical needs of young and old.

When violent clashes suddenly erupted in his Aleppo neighborhood, Faruk, 33, his pregnant wife, Mona, and their three children left their home in Syria and the only life they had ever known to make the exhausting, 160-mile trek to Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.

IOCC is responding to the needs of refugee families flowing into Iraq with a distribution of urgently needed bedding and hygiene kits for more than 9,800 men, women and children in Domiz Refugee Camp in Iraq.

Recent weather-related tragedies across the U.S. are grave reminders of the threat of natural disasters and the need for disaster preparedness.

IOCC is delivering emergency clean-up buckets, personal hygiene kits and blankets that will be distributed through the University of Oklahoma and Holy Ascension Antiochian Orthodox Church in Norman.

As survivors sift through the devastation left behind by tornadoes that ripped through central Oklahoma and claimed the lives of dozens of people including many children, please join IOCC in praying for the families and lost loved ones.

Laham has partnered with IOCC to provide tuition assistance, school supplies, tutoring and personal care kits to thousands of Iraqi refugee schoolchildren.

IOCC announced the establishment of the Katherine Valone "St. Photini" Water Program to advance projects that provide safe, healthy and reliable water resources to communities in need in Africa.

Metropolitan Paul Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo and Metropolitan Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo were both abducted on Monday, April 22nd, near Aleppo in northern Syria.

Four Frontliners will take on the task of assessing the needs of those affected by the tragedy and providing crisis counseling at local emergency care centers set up throughout the city.

It's a big day for the youngsters at Joy Aid Foundation daycare center in Urlati, Romania.

On the same day that the Chicago Public Schools announced the closure of 54 schools, IOCC responded with a donation of $1 million in new books to benefit schoolchildren in the Chicago area.

The Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund announced its support for IOCC's efforts to strengthen the ability of the US Orthodox community to respond to future disasters and needs within the country.

IOCC mourns the passing of co-founder and past Chairman of the Board, Andrew A. Athens.

IOCC is working to help protect the well-being of displaced Syrian mothers and infants by providing prenatal care for expectant mothers, providing access to hospital deliveries, and following up with post-natal care.

IOCC is directing its latest relief to the country's ailing healthcare system with a shipment of more than $650,000 in medical supplies destined for northern Greece's largest regional hospital.

IOCC is providing the emergency distribution of heating fuel to 30 social institutions located in Athens, the Viotia region of central Greece, and across 14 provinces in northern Greece.

IOCC is constructing a new secondary school to accommodate 240 students living in the Lwemiyaga region of Uganda.

IOCC is working to meet the needs of vulnerable women with the distribution of special personal care kits filled with important basics.

Families living in areas with access to fuel but no power received diesel stoves, while families facing fuel shortages but still have electricity received electric heaters.

IOCC joins with all Orthodox Christians and Americans in mourning the senseless loss of lives in yesterday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

More than 80 representatives of the nation's Orthodox Christian service organizations joined together at the White House today to discuss strategic service alliances with the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

IOCC recently provided new school uniforms to 6,000 school-aged refugee girls living in the camp and in Jordanian host communities.

IOCC is responding to the country's escalating healthcare crisis with the delivery of more than $1.3 million in medical supplies and walking aids to pediatric hospitals in Athens and public general hospitals on the island of Crete.

IOCC is on the ground in Gaza, assessing the most urgent humanitarian needs of Palestinian families caught in the conflict.