The Mission of AHEPA MARITIME is  To promote the ancient Hellenic ideals of education, philanthropy, civil responsibility, family and individual excellence through community service and volunteerism.


An important component of AHEPA’s mission is to create an awareness of the principles of Hellenism to society. These principles include a commitment to humanity, freedom, and democracy. The preservation and promotion of these ideals is where AHEPA has, and always will be, deeply committed.

AHEPA educates the community on these matters through symposia, forums, and conferences.

AHEPA’s commitment to education has been well documented throughout its history. Over $4 million is endowed at the local, district and national levels toward the use of scholarships and a half-million dollars is awarded annually. Thousands of young men and women have benefited as recipients of AHEPA scholarships at these various levels. The most famous recipient, perhaps, is ABC News’ Host of This Week George Stephanopoulos.

The scholarship program at the national level is administered by the AHEPA National Educational Foundation. It offers scholarships to a wide variety of students. Recipients are: traditional and non-traditional students; seminarians, including those entering Holy Cross Greek School of Theology; and high school seniors, college and post-graduate students who are looking to become tomorrow’s leaders.

The preservation of Hellenic or Classical Studies programs on college campuses is an important issue for the AHEPA Educational Foundation. A subcommittee of the Foundation, the Hellenic Cultural Commission, actively works to support the study of the Classics at universities.

In addition, educational programs such as “Journey to Greece” and Washington Internships are sponsored by the Foundation.


Philanthropy and volunteerism have been pillars of strength for AHEPA. From natural disaster relief to raising funds for the elimination of life-threatening diseases to making significant contributions to our local neighborhoods, AHEPA is at the forefront of charitable giving.

AHEPA’s philanthropic deeds are evident in the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island; in the Halls of St. Basil Academy, a childcare facility in Garrison, N.Y.; in the care packages we sent to our troops in cooperation with the USO; and in the building of healthcare facilities in Greece. Yet this only scratches the surface of the numerous philanthropic works of the association. In addition, countless charitable projects are undertaken every year by AHEPA’s chapters and districts.
Civic Responsibility

Civil Rensposibility

Our grassroots has a strong voice. With chapters in every major metropolitan city and in rural areas of North America, AHEPA communicates the positions of the Greek-American community to elected representatives at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as to our diplomatic leaders. These issues pertain to Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey; however, our constituents are also interested in domestic policy areas affecting the philanthropic, civic, and community service-based programs in which they are involved. These positions are based upon our American heritage and ideals with the best interest of the United States in mind.

AHEPA educates its constituents about these issues through seminars and conferences, providing expert panelists from the U.S. government, prominent Washington, DC Think-Tank organizations, and the business world.

Furthermore, AHEPA keeps a watchful eye on Congress with its Congressional Scorecard, a tool that evaluates each member of Congress on Greek-American issues.

AHEPA members are proud of the contributions the ancient Greeks gifted to Western Civilization. As Americans, we share many of the values put forth by them: civic responsibility, philanthropy, education, family and individual excellence, and the ideals of democracy. This is the essence of our heritage. This is the core of our mission.

Moreover, throughout the span of its history, AHEPA has served as a vital vehicle for the progressive development and emergence of American citizens of Greek heritage into every facet of society: government, business, education, and the arts. This fulfillment illustrates the promise of the American Dream and symbolizes the hard work ethic of our immigrant forebearers who labored to achieve that dream with the principles of Hellenism rooted deep in their hearts.

AHEPA HJ45 based upon the following aims in order to succeed its mission.

Cultivation of Greek ideals and traditions

The purpose of the association is to cultivate Greek ideals and traditions and to promote and encourage friendship between Greece, Europe, Cyprus, USA, Canada, Australia, South America and Africa as well as to maintain the ties of Hellenism in the United States. States of America, Europe, Cyprus, Canada, Australia, South America and Africa and the Greeks everywhere with Greece, its history, its national traditions and orthodoxy, for the good of the Nation and obedience to Greek Laws.

Stimulating the interest of the members

Stimulating the interest of the members of the association in terms of their duties as citizens and encouraging their participation in charitable, social, national and urban life as well as with Shipping (its history, its actions, its importance for Greece and the World map but also its prospects) with the organization of lectures and other spiritual, cultural and entertainment events and activities.

Promoting Hellenism , Education , Philantrhopy , Social Responsibility

1) The promotion of opportunities for education which is considered the greatest privilege and feature of free citizens.

2) The promotion of the education system and its strengthening by any legal means.

3) The cultivation among its members, with encouragement and examples, of a sense of camaraderie, tolerance, personal appreciation and trustworthiness.

4) The strengthening and contribution to the aims and ideals of the organization A.H.E.P.A and the strengthening of the Department with the distinctive title "Department 45 - SHIPPING AGIOS NIKOLAOS", for the promotion of its work.

5) The support and dissemination of the ideals of the organization, of Philanthropy, of Hellenism, of Education-Education, of Social Responsibility, of Individual and Family Progress.