Ecumenical Community Helping Others | ECHO

With the nation’s food supply chain broken, ECHO, as well as food pantries across the region and country, are dependent on donors to supply food for the hungry.  Check the list of items most needed.

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.

Volunteers are needed in the day and evening shifts to assist with accepting and sorting clothing, housewares and food donations; counseling and assisting clients; and other projects as needed.

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ECHO collects school supplies each summer and packs at least 1000 backpacks with grade-appropriate items to distribute to our clients who have children in school.  Teens and adults sign up to help organize and pack the supplies.

Volunteers work with donations in our Clothing Room where clients come, by appointment, to choose outfits, including new socks and underwear, winter coats, jeans, shirts, shoes, etc. for their family members.

ECHO collects food donations and purchases whole chickens, hot dogs, 1 pound packs of hamburger, margarine, and eggs to add to the non-perishable foods that are given out.

You can also contact ECHO directly at to see how you can help in other ways.

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