The Greek America Foundation is proud to launch an innovative new program called Greek America Corps that seeks to instill in participants the values of volunteering, charity and service.
Following successful volunteer missions in 2017 and 2019, which saw more than two dozen young people from the United States and Canada traveling to Greece for month-long service programs, we are proud to make Greek America Corps an integral part of our programming and expand opportunities and programs.
First and foremost, the program’s goal is to instill the Greek values of philanthropy and philotimo in North Americans seeking substantive and transformative experiences while serving those less fortunate.
As a secondary goal, we seek to provide support to the people of Greece by establishing partnerships with recognized non-governmental organizations doing important work on the ground in Greece and providing critical care and support to people and communities in need.
Finally, we aim to instill in each participant a love of Greece by offering more than just a travel program with bus tours and touristic experiences. Our programs will allow the participant to get to know and understand Greece in a real and substantive way. In addition to the volunteer hours the participant is expected to complete, numerous excursions and cultural/educational programs are included in each program.
Expanding on our experience In 2017, and 2019, when our volunteers provided critical services to vulnerable population groups in Athens and on the island of Chios, respectively, our future plans for 2020 and beyond include new partnerships with Greek non-profits and more opportunities for North Americans to volunteer in Greece.
Three week-long programs will take place in Athens in June that will serve the homeless and food-vulnerable populations in association with Boroume and Emfasis Foundation, two of Greece’s most credible charities. These programs will be open to volunteers of all ages.
Two month-long programs for 18-25 year-old volunteers will be offered on the island of Chios with METAdrasi and Kivotos Tou Kosmou, charities serving vulnerable, abandoned and at-risk children.
A third month-long program will take place in partnership with the Municipalities of the islands of Karpathos and Kasos to reduce the stray animal population and will involve volunteer veterinary students working with professional vets on a high-volume spay and neuter and animal wellness campaign.
Thanks to our partnership with Hellenic American University in Athens, a U.S.-accredited institution of higher learning, we are also able to offer college credit for these programs that are transferable back to the student’s home institution.
We are proud to offer these programs that will provide transformational philanthropy experiences to North Americans seeking substantive experiences that go beyond the typical holiday or travel program.
Watch our 2019 recap video
Funding is critical to sustain this program and we are currently seeking donors to sponsor students who wish to participate in these life-changing volunteer missions.
How can you help?
If you are interested in contributing to this program, please click here to donate.
You may also send a check payable to Greek America Foundation.
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