The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announced that they have distributed more than US$250,000 from the ‘COVID-19 Relief Program’ to those affected by the pandemic.
Created under the direction of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, the relief fund is an important part of the Archdiocese’s efforts to support those in America impacted by the coronavirus and facing extreme financial hardship.
Although the Fund had the initial capacity to distribute up to $500,000, upon the request of Archbishop Elpidophoros, an additional $137,000 has been raised in small donations.
Grants are given for overdue bills including mortgage, rent, medical, gas, electric, food, childcare, funeral or other pressing needs.
A special committee continues to review all applications (which are strictly confidential), contacting individuals for additional information or clarification as needed.
The privately funded Relief Fund remains open and continues to receive donations from individuals, parishes of the Archdiocese, and organisations worldwide.
His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros urges those in need to apply for assistance: “The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, through the support of many generous donors, is determined to spare no effort in this time of desperate need. We are committed to you, the faithful, and to anyone in the USA who needs financial assistance.”
Those facing an economic or financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and in need of emergency help with expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities, food, childcare, medical, funeral or other daily costs, may apply for the COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Those who wish to contribute to the Fund which will help their fellow citizens, may do so at www.goarch.org/covid19/donate.
*Image Credit: His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros