A brief history about how the United Cypriots of Southern California was founded and how the organization made a difference in the lives of many.
United Cypriots of Southern California (UCSC) is a non-profit public benefit organization founded in 1991 by a group of Greek Cypriot immigrants as a California registered corporation organized and operated exclusively for Social Welfare purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c) (4) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The objectives of UCSC are:
- To preserve the proud heritage and history of Cyprus and its people,
- To encourage close social and cultural relations among all Cypriots,
- To encourage and safeguard the Democratic concept of freedom of speech, religion and thought as well as our Democratic form of government,
- To further the cultivation of love for the United States of America, and respect for its constitution,
- To support the cultural and philanthropic institutions of the United States of America and the Republic of Cyprus, and to render financial aid to Cypriots orphans and refugees,
- To support through all legal means the efforts of our fellow Cypriots in their long and arduous quest to attain their Democratic objectives.
The purpose of UCSC is to provide an effective organizational structure for Southern California’s Hellenes of Greek Cypriot descent to meet and confer in the spirit of fellowship and charity. Their common ancestry and desire to build a greater social bond and development, let to the establishment of an organization that takes its pride by simply giving to those in need. Since 1991 when the UCSC was formed and with the help of its strong membership, the organization has rendered considerable amounts in financial assistance for good causes and charities. To name a few, the Cyprus Children’s Fund, the Elpida Cancer Foundation, the Greek Orthodox Diocese of San Francisco, and the Vryonis Center for Hellenic Studies are just some of our beneficiaries. An example of this charitable work also, is the names of Children like Chystalla and Andri Panteli, Ioannis Prodromou and Andreas Panayiotou to name a few, from occupied Cyprus who received help with financial aid directly from this organization. Many other individuals and families have also been assisted when they were facing economic hardship and the organization has also assisted financially some of them to defray expensive bills for the hospital care of their love ones.
Keeping the membership informed and resolving our community’s concerns and helping our members, friends and fellow citizens in times of need, are high priorities. Upon authorization, Officers and Directors organize meetings, social gatherings, picnics and fund raising events, where invited UCSC members and affiliates can meet in an atmosphere of good will and charity. This has proven to be an effective means of allowing members to communicate their questions, concerns and needs face to face with UCSC leaders and affiliates.
“And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” -John F. Kennedy