"Pure and undefiled religion befor God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble and to keep oneself unspotted from the world."
OCF tries to serve the community in several ways. In the past we have done several charity projects including:
We dedicated one of our meetings to raise awareness of the work of Coptic
Orphans. Coptic Orphans is a non-profit Christian organization that
aids poverty-stricken children in Egypt. Conceived in May 1988, Coptic
Orphans aims to provide the children with the basic necessities so that
they may attain physical, mental and spiritual nourishment to fulfill
their God-given potential.
Mercy House- Mercy House is a monastery located down town New York. The monks serve the hungry in the community. During Great Lent we served food to several homeless people by going to the streets.
IOCC Fund Raiser- OCF helped to raise money for International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). In order to raise money we hosted the Coffee Hour at St. Mary Magdalen (our host parish) and asked for donations. Through the generosity and compassion of the kind members at St. Mary Magdalen we were able to raise over 200 dollars. IOCC was able to make that 200 dollars equal to 2000 dollars because outside funding raised each dollar by 9 times.
Christmas Cards for Soldiers- We sent Christmas Cards to soldiers stationed abroad.
Angel Tree- A Christmas celebration at the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection on 2nd St for children whose parents are in prison.
Book of Saints for Children- OCF made small books with colorful pictures that described different sections of the liturgy and lives of saints. These books were given to an Orthodox Church for the little children there to enjoy.