The spirit of public service

I direct a collegiate civic engagement hub in Thessaloniki. Last month some compatriots and I mobilized a team of volunteers and organized a nonpartisan voter registration drive for the benefit of citizens of the United States currently residing throughout northern Greece. It was a collaborative pursuit, the goal of which was to provide both an opportunity and a service to others. Without recompense, let alone profit.

Cyprus-Gaza humanitarian aid corridor opens

Open Arms, the ship of the same name as the Spanish charity that owns it, transporting 200 tons of aid (flour, rice and protein), set sail on Tuesday from Larnaca, Cyprus, for the famine-stricken Palestinian people in Gaza, as part of an initiative to open a humanitarian corridor.

Probe into children’s charity founder Father Antonios reinstated

Judges returned the case file against Father Antonios Papanikolaou, the founder of the Ark of the World children’s charity, which is under investigation for child abuse and financial crimes, to the investigator on Wednesday, requesting further interrogations to be conducted.

Dragging solidarity through the mud

Suspicion of humanitarian organizations is not a Greek hang-up; it’s universal. The case of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is a typical example.

Prosecutors to investigate soup kitchen founder

Athens’ prosecutors office has ordered an investigation into the founder of one of the country’s best-known soup kitchens on charges that he embezzled and misused at least 600,000 euros in donations.

‘Ten percent of Greeks are not adequately fed’

Pantelis Tsiadis’ day often begins before dawn, with the alarm clock ringing at 5.30 a.m. The 57-year-old divides his time between the facilities of the food bank in Kryoneri, East Attica, and the kitchen of the Panagia Myrtidiotissa parish in Mikrolimano, Piraeus, various shops in the neighborhood that contribute to the free meal program, as well as delivering food to those who need it but are unable to come to the soup kitchen.

Cabbies treat elderly to holiday cheer

Participants in the “Ride of Love” initiative take a photo in front of the Christmas tree on downtown Athens’ Syntagma Square on Thursday night.

Penny Marathon | Athens | July 9

The Penny Marathon fundraiser for strays is looking for participants and volunteers to help during the event, which will take place on July 9 at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.