Lesvos Hospital Aid: Shipment of humanitarian medical aid on its way!

A container full of recovered medical supplies and equipment was loaded this past Friday Oct. 13 by a crew of volunteers at the Partners for World Health warehouse on Canco Road, Portland. The 40-foot container left by truck for a shipping depot in Massachusetts, then will go on to New York where it will be loaded on a ship bound for Piraeus, Greece.

 This is the next phase in the HSoM project — Lesvos Hospital Aid — to support the Mytilene General Hospital in Mytilene, Lesvos, Greece – Portland’s Greek Sister City. The hospital is the primary health provider for all of the Greek residents of the island, and for the more than 6,000 refugees and migrants who are stuck in camps on the island waiting for their requests for asylum to be processed. These people are part of the more than 600,000 who have passed through this one island into Europe.

 Our recent fundraising campaign topped its goal of $20,000 which was needed to obtain and ship the supplies. Thanks again to all of those who donated and made this possible.


Irwin Novak, PhD

Hellenic Society of Maine Newsletter – Fall 2016


We have published our Newsletter for Fall 2016 which highlights our latest activities, upcoming movies, Lectures and other updates  about the Hellenic Society of Maine. Please click on the link to download your own copy HSoM Newsletter Fall 2016

Older Versions of our newsletter are available on the “Newsletter” page.

Greek Consul General Coming to Maine!

iphigenie-karnalasMrs. Ifigenia Kanara, Consul General of Greece in Boston, will be coming to the University of Southern Maine in Portland, 133 Wishcamper Hall at 5 p.m.,

Tuesday, October 18, 2016. A reception will follow. Mrs. Kanara will speak about the more than 1 million people, migrants and refugees, that crossed the Mediterranean Sea in 2015, fleeing war and per- secution in Syria and elsewhere. An unprecedented humanitarian crisis was sparked in Europe as transit countries were struggling to cope with the influx.

Greece found itself in the epicentre of this crisis. More than 60,000 people remain stranded across the Greece which in the midst of a severe economic crisis is trying hard to provide for those in need. The crisis has put to the test not only the European Union’s ca-

pacity to respond in a united and coordinated way, but also the western world’s readiness to address the problem collectively and in a way compatible to our common values.

Lesvos Hospital Aid – WE DID IT!

lesvos-thank-youLesvos Hospital Aid — A Fundraising Campaign to Send Humanitarian Aid to our Sister City – Mytilene, Lesvos

The Hellenic Society of Maine undertook the largest project in its history – the sending of a container of medical supplies and equipment as humanitarian aid for the hospital of Mytilene, Lesvos, Greece – Portland’s Sister City. We have just met our goal of $20,000.

Thank you to all who contributed !

The container will be packed mid-October. Then it will be trucked to New York City where it will be loaded on a ship for Piraeus in late October. It will take approximately one month for shipping and handling to Mytilene.

HSoM is working with Partners for World Health, a non-profit organization based in South Portland, founded by Elizabeth McLellan, that obtains the medical supplies and equipment. We are also working with the Carpos Foundation, an organization affiliated with the Greek Orthodox Church, to assist with shipping logistics.

HSoM is responsible for all expenses. Any money received above the goal will be used to purchase additional supplies for the hospital, so there is still an opportunity to contribute to this humanitarian effort.

Update: Lesvos Hospital Aid

Last Sunday’s the concert, our first event on this fundraising project, was well attended. From the Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling, City Councilor Nick Mavodones, to the founder of Partners for World Health, Elizabeth McLellan, and so many other Mainers at the USM School of Music, Gorham Maine. The Boston group Skordalia entertained the crowd with traditional music from the island of Lesvos.

The Hellenic Society of Maine (HSoM) has undertaken the project and is working with Partners for World Health, a non-profit organization based in South Portland, to obtain the medical supplies. HSoM will be responsible for all fees and expenses. Our goal is to raise $20,000 that will cover the expenses for the sending medical supplies to Lesvos.

With the proceeds of the concert and so many generous donations we raised approximately $13,000 of our goal. We still need your help. Please share our news from our website and our Facebook page with your friends and ask them to help as well. Keep sending your donations, Thank you.


The Hellenic Society of Maine presents:
Sunday, August 21, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

by Dean Lampros and “Skordalia” of Boston
Location: Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus
Tickets: $20

Help HSoM and PARTNERS FOR WORLD HEALTH ship a container of medical supplies and equipment to the Mytilene Hospital in Portland’s Sister City. Lesvos handled more than 1⁄2 million refugees this past year. That situation, and the ongoing economic crisis in all of Greece, has created shortages in health care.

To purchase tickets in advance call: Chris Ziagos at 775-3607 or Irwin Novak at 892-9831 If you cannot attend please donate.
Send, and make checks payable to, Hellenic Society of Maine, P.O. Box 598, Scarborough, ME 04070 or go to http://www.hellenicsocietyofmaine.org we JUST added an active “Donate” button.

New PBS series “The Greeks”

The Greeks airs on PBS stations nationwide: 9:00pm et/8:00 ct (check local listings).

Cavemen to Kings, is the first episode of this incredible 3-part series and companion to The Greeks exhibit at National Geographic Museum in DC now until early October.

Check local listings and pbs.org for details: http://www.pbs.org/program/greeks/

Episode 2: The Good Strife, will air Tuesday, June 28th at 9:00pm ET

Episode 3: Chasing Greatness, will air Tuesday, July 5th at 9:00pm ET

….. Spread the word !