Holiday Shop Donations

basket with bow_optIt's not too early to be thinking about the ECHO Holiday Shop!  Donors can help with this happy program by donating new childrens’ toys or teen gifts (not gift-wrapped, please) no later than December 13th.  Donations can be delivered to our donation door at 7205 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, on weekdays between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm, or Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings between 7:00 and 9:00.  See our Holiday Programs page for ideas of items ECHO is hoping to receive.

Holiday Feast for Families

basket with bow_optECHO needs donors to “adopt” a needy family to provide a basket of food for a December holiday feast or to provide grocery gift cards that would enable them to purchase their own festive food.  If you can help brighten the holiday of a struggling family, or if you would like to find out more about this program, please see our Donate/Holiday Programs pagePlease notify ECHO by Dec.12, if you are interested in participating.

Support ECHO this Season

season-of-givingECHO is listed among the non-profit agencies eligible for support through the Combined Federal Campaign and the United Way Campaign.  Please note that ECHO’s CFC number is 74224 and our United Way number is 8426.  Donors not affiliated with those campaigns may prefer to give directly by a check made out to ECHO and mailed to 7205 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22150.  Receipts are gladly supplied.  If you would like to know how ECHO uses donations, please see our audited financial information.

Looking for Tutors/Mentors

Mentor-Tutor_optECHO’s tutoring and mentoring program is underway in local middle and elementary schools. More volunteers are needed this year. No special educational qualifications are required- just willingness to spend quality time with children.  Mentoring usually takes place at the school during the student’s lunch period. Tutoring times are arranged by the school; after-school tutoring is also available.  All volunteers must submit a form for a background check and be fingerprinted to ensure the safety of the children. For more information, contact admin@echo-inc.org.

Support ECHO Through Your Amazon Purchases

amazon smile logo_optPeople in our community who shop online at Amazon have found that they can support ECHO through their purchases at no extra cost to themselves. They signed up for “Amazon Smile” (smile.amazon.com) after logging in to their accounts.  If you would like to participate, put ECHO into the search block and choose the one listed in Springfield, VA.  (ECHO is not part of a national charity- we are strictly local, but many non-profits use the word “echo” in their names.)  Your purchases will then generate small donations to ECHO from Amazon!