ECHO | Service Opportunities

ECHO needs your help and support!

ECHO (Ecumenical Community Helping Others) is an organization staffed by volunteers from local churches and organizations which provides temporary or emergency assistance, including food, clothing, household items, transportation and financial support to about 1,500 Springfield and Burke families each year.  Nativity Parish supports ECHO.

Back-To-School Drive

Volunteers are busy packing 1,300 backpacks for children right here in Burke and Springfield. ECHO is distributing them to families for whom this annual requirement is a major financial stressor.  Please help ECHO by donating new school supplies from the list below (see donation drop-off hours), or purchase needed items through ECHO’s Amazon Wishlist.

High School Backpacks (17 to 19 inches) — #2 Yellow Pencils (Ticonderoga Brand preferred) — Elmers Brand Glue Stick regular size — Wide Rule ONLY Composition books — College Rule ONLY Spiral notebooks — College Rule ONLY Loose leaf paper — Paper folders with pockets — Paper folders with prongs — Crayola Brand Colored Pencils 12 pack — Crayola Brand Broad Markers — Crayola Brand Fine Tip Markers — Crayola Brand Crayons 24 pack — Blunt scissors — DRY ERASE Broad tip Markers — Thin Highlighters — 2 inch Binders — Plastic Pencil Boxes — Primary Writing paper pads — Small packs Construction paper — Black, Blue, or Red ink pens — Large Pink Erasers — PLEASE NO White liquid glue or Wide Rule Spiral notebooks

Upcoming Food Drives in the Community

Nativity Monthly ECHO Food Drive
When: August 3 & 4, 2024 | All Masses
Where: Nativity Catholic Church
Donation Note: Due to food safety and handling guidelines, ECHO must distribute food in the manufacturer’s packaging.  We cannot accept donations repackaged from bulk food items.  “Regular” sizes work best for us.

People who would be willing to hold a food drive in their organization, congregation, or neighborhood should contact to get details of how that can work.

How to Hold a Food Drive

ECHO Clothing and Houseware Needs

Clothing Room:

    • Diapers in sizes 2, 3, 4, & 5
    • Baby Wipes
    • New or gently used sneakers for boys and girls
    • Summer clothing for boys and girls
    • Children’s sneakers sizes 1-6
    • Boy’s underwear (new only)
    • Men’s Jeans, sizes 30/30 & 32/30
    • Men’s Underwear (new only)
    • Men’s Socks (new only)

Housewares Department:

    • Kitchenware
    • New or gently used 5-quart and 4-quart pots
    • Irons
    • Blenders
    • Hand Towels
    • Shower Curtain Liners
    • Shower Curtain Rings
    • Bedding

Used items that are clean and in good repair are welcome—except for underwear and socks (these must be new).  Scroll below to see when and where you can donate items.

Donate Directly to ECHO

Donate directly to ECHO’s Food Pantry, Clothing Room and Housewares Department.  A current list of needs is always posted at

ECHO is open to accept donations Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and also on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, as well as one Saturday a morning a month (check for the date each month).  Please drive to the west side of the building and stop at the Donation Door where volunteers will assist with your donation and offer written receipts.

7205 Old Keene Mill Road
Springfield, VA 22150

Needed Items

Donate financial assistance to help with rent and utility payments and fresh food coupons. Monetary donations can be made to ECHO, Inc. by check or PayPal.

Shop for ECHO on Amazon by visiting the ECHO Wishlist for a variety of items needed by ECHO’s Food and Clothing Departments. In order to assure deliveries when ECHO is closed, please choose the delivery address: ECHO c/o A King in Alexandria VA

Amazon Wishlist

Volunteer at ECHO

ECHO volunteers do meaningful things to help local people who have immediate challenges.  Currently, ECHO has a few openings for daytime volunteers and a few for evening positions. Some volunteers work in receiving and organizing donations. Some volunteers work directly with people who need assistance.

If you’d like to find out if there’s a position that fits your interests and talents, email  We are proud to be an all-volunteer organization.  Our volunteers bring a wealth of talent, experience, and commitment to the mission of helping our neighbors in need!

Volunteer Positions Needed

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