Philoptochos word "Philoptochos" is Greek for "friend of the poor." Organized under the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America, the St. Nicholas Ladies Philoptochos Society is a local chapter of a broader national not-for-profit organization. Our primary mission is to assist those in need and to support our church and local communities.

One of the ways we fulfill our charge is by supporting other charities through donations. Last year, our organization made a meaningful difference by contributing to an orphanage in Guatemala, St. Basil Academy (a home for children in need), St. Michael's Quality Care for the Elderly, the Ronald McDonald House and other organizations that assist people who are poor, homeless or disadvantaged.

We build bridges and extend those bridges to reach far away places. We organize fundraisers and sponsor innovative events to raise much needed money so that we can help others. Charity, after all, begins in small places, through churches and communities, and our members share in the beauty of hard work, humility and hospitality. Currently, there are 14 board members and almost 100 members who assist with luncheons, fundraisers, coffee hours at the church, special church functions, Christmas and other holiday receptions, including Easter egg hunts, bake sales, and other activities.

With the help and support of our parishioners and local communities, we continue to achieve our goals. With your support, we make a meaningful difference.

Thank you for your support.

Community Service
Mahwah Food Bank
Theotokos Brunch
St. Nicholas Vespers
Christmas Eve Eggnog
Vasilopita Luncheon
Cheesefare Sunday
Lenten Lectures
Epitaphio Decorations

Bake Sales
Christmas Card
Flea Market


Congratulations to our New Ladies Philoptochos Board:

Peggy Goulet President; Caroline Kalliotzis Vice-president; Agathi Tsadilas Vice-president; Renata Lainis Treasurer; Claire Melissas Recording Secretary; Betty Pappas Corresponding Secretary; Alexandra Pflager Advisor (Past President) and the members: Eleanor, Kolovos, Efstathia Spyropoulos; Margaret Kolovos, Demi Thomas, Emilie Fava, Andrea Petronio, Irene Moreira, Cathy Johnson, Angelica Tslepis.

We all look forward to working together and making a difference in the lives of those who need us. 

If you are not a member of this wonderful organization, please think about joining us and being a part of what we do.

We support many charities locally, nationally, and in Greece.

In Greece there is an organization that shelters children named Κέντρου Παιδικής Προστασίας or “A Center for Children’s Refuge” Click Here to visit their website.