The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America recently announced the distribution of more than $250,000 on behalf of those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States.
Under the guidance of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, this initial amount is part of the larger Archdiocesan Covid-19 Relief Fund. The Fund was created to support those impacted by the pandemic who are facing extreme financial hardship due to loss of income, high medical expenses, or other difficulties related to the coronavirus.
The Fund is currently active, with the number of donors continuing to rise daily. Although it had an initial capacity of up to $500,000 to distribute, an additional $137,000 has now been raised in small donations, helping to further kick-start the campaign.
As of June 16, 2020, the Archdiocesan COVID-19 Relief Fund Committee reported that they had approved 136 of the 254 applications received to that point, with many others still pending review.
A special committee continues to review all applications, contacting individuals for any additional information or clarification as needed, with all applications being strictly confidential.
The maximum amount of assistance an applicant can receive is generally up to $2,500, with payments made directly to the entity which is owed money — a landlord, for example. Grants are given for overdue payments including mortgage, rent, medical bills, electric, childcare, funeral expenses or other pressing needs.
The privately-funded Archdiocese COVID-19 Relief Fund remains open and continues to receive donations from individuals, from parishes which are part of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, and other organizations worldwide.
His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros urged those in need to apply for assistance, saying on Twitter that “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, who need financial assistance in the USA.”
A Covid-19 Relief Fund Application can be completed on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s website, at the link above.
Potential donors are also encouraged to contribute to the Relief Fund’s efforts. Please do so here.