By Gregory C. Pappas, Founder
What are the qualities of an individual who has decided to give up a month of his or her time during summer vacation — and instead of sunbathing on a swanky beach or visiting a far-flung Greek Island — visiting one of the most decrepit places on the planet and serving some of the most vulnerable people in earth?
I’ve often wondered what it takes in an individual to do that — to give an entire month of their most precious commodity — their time.
For starters, it takes a lot of selflessness. It also takes a category of person who is willing to put his/her needs secondary to those of others and the realization that we might be better off than some people on this planet who could benefit from our time, resources and expertise.
Pericles said in his famous Funeral Oration that “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”
A few days ago, a team of volunteers from the Greek America Foundation began their month-long volunteer program on the island of Chios.
This team of young people from throughout the United States and Canada will be working alongside a dedicated team of professionals from the Greek non-profit METAdrasi, which is dedicated to supporting underage refugee minors who have arrived in Greece, alone.
Our volunteers will be working in various capacities to support METAdrasi’s work and to help bring a bit of humanity to one of the most vulnerable population groups on the planet.
In addition to working inside the island’s refugee camp — home to thousands of migrants and refugees — our volunteers will be helping at METAdrasi’s youth shelter and school, where integration into society is the main goal.
Be a part of this transformational journey during which our volunteers will support the local Greek population, serve the refugee youth, support METAdrasi — and enrich and grow personally.
Donate today to help maintain this program for years to come.