Eleni Vamvakari (theophania) wrote in polygreeks,
Eleni Vamvakari
theophania
polygreeks

Volunteering

Geia sas,

I was speaking with a friend last night and she said to me that I should really do some volunteering, to give back to the community. I think she's partly right. But I have a little problem. I want to give back to the Greek community around me. Unfortunately, the only way I see of doing that is by getting involved with the Greek Orthodox Church in some way. Of course, I don't mean by joining the religion, but I can't think of any other place where you'd find alot of Greeks. I have some serious reservations. Would it go against our religion or be insulting to The Gods if I did this? I mean, if I were to, say, help with a food drive or answer the phones or use my TESL certificate to help teach English in the afterschool program, it wouldn't be like I'm promoting the church right? But then again, I'd be helping my fellow-Greeks, which is the whole point of this. I already know that I want to donate alot of clothing to them, since I have no use for it. What about joining AHEPA? Are they really religious in nature or just Hellenic? Can anyone suggest anything else I could do?

Thanks,
Tiffanitsa
PS. To those on LJ. I don't hate the Greek Orthodox Church and I don't wish anyone harm. It's just a very awquard situation.
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