The PHILOPTOCHOS or "friends of the poor" is an organization of women of the parish, primarily dedicated to service to the poor, and to the enrichment of parish life. Aside from benevolence on an individual basis, this group maintains an ongoing program of philanthropic projects which support the Ecumenical Patriarchate. In addition, they maintain a program of visitation and gift-giving to parish elders who are nursing home patients, and of other programs too numerous to mention here. The society generously supports parish capital projects and provides numerous fellowship opportunities through social events. Related Link: National Philoptochos Web Site Related Link: Making Prosfora Web Site