ECHO’s GED Preparation Class in full swing with students working one on one with volunteer tutors.
ECHO is committed to helping area residents achieve and live a self-sufficient life. Education is a key element to achieving self-sufficiency. ECHO offers a free GED Preparation Program to all residents of Hillsborough County who are 18 years and older. We have tutors who work one on one with the students to get them ready in math, language arts, science and social studies.
If you have experience teaching or tutoring and would like to make a difference in someone’s life, please contact Lori@echofl.org.
Thank you to everyone who supports ECHO.
Sharmaine Burr, ECHO’s Director of Social Services, was instrumental in helping Amarillis land a job. ECHO was also there when Amarillis needed clothes for her job.
Every day the staff and volunteers at ECHO see people in need. We do our best to help them in
whatever way we can. We do not just give food and clothes and send them on their way. We truly care
about our clients and want to help to turn their lives around.
Recently, Amarillis of Brandon returned to ECHO with great news. Amarillis had been out of work for an
extended period of time. When she was in dire need of food and clothing for her and her grandchildren,
she came to ECHO. While here, she met with our Director of Social Services, Sharmaine, who
encouraged her to keep up her spirits and continue to look for a job. Amarillis took this advice and got a
job at the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Riverview. Amarillis came back to ECHO to get clothing for
her new job.
ECHO is here to help not only with emergency food and clothing assistance, but to give guidance and
support to assist individuals from crisis to self-sufficiency.
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BRANDON, Fla – Responding to the great need in our community, several churches in the Greater Brandon area are partnering withECHO once again this holiday season in sponsoring “Gift of Hope ,” which is supplying everything that is needed to make a great Thanksgiving meal for some 500 families — complete with turkey and all the fixings!
The give-away began Friday, with volunteers from Brandon area Churches, civic groups and Mosaic (who donated a truck-load of Turkeys and Chickens for those in need
But there’s more giving on the way… in less than a month, they’ll crank up the give-away at the First Baptist Church in Brandon for Christmas. At that time, not only will the families receive the items needed to make a great Christmas meal, but also have the opportunity to shop for toys for each of their children!
Donations are always welcome! For more information, or to donate, click on the Gift of Hope page for locations and sponsors.
Help a child be ready for school this year. Donate a backpack or make a cash donation. Every little bit helps.
BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED
- BACKPACKS (elementary, middle and high school- boy and girl)
- Pencil cap erasers
- Pocket folders (2 each)
- Black pens
- Blue pens
- Wide rule paper
- College rule paper
You may drop off at the ECHO facility or contact Kathy Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In a world where technology is everything, ECHO is fortunate to have the support of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. We recently received a Tech Grant from the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County which allowed us to purchase new chairs, four laptop computers, a whiteboard and a filing cabinet. These will be used in our newly redesigned Community Training Room where we offer GED classes, financial literacy classes, basic computer literacy classes and healthy living classes. All of these are open to the public at no charge.
For over 25 years, ECHO has been providing emergency food and clothing assistance to residents of Eastern Hillsborough County. With funding from generous funders such as the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, we are able to expand our social services which allow us to do more. We strive to help residents get out of the cycle of need and become self-sufficient and independent.
We thank the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County for their generosity and commitment to the community.
On Saturday, June 7, 20 volunteers from Citi Group came to ECHO to fulfill a few much needed tasks. This included permanently fixing the fence behind ECHO. It also included assisting with sorting clothes in the donation room. When businesses and corporations allow and encourage their employees to volunteer at local non-profits such as ECHO, everyone benefits. Thank you Citi Group volunteers for your hard work and dedication. We at ECHO are most appreciative of all you do for us.
Once again, Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has stepped up and provided ECHO with a grant for $5,000 for our Back to School Program. This directly translates into hundreds of children being equipped with a voucher for new shoes, age appropriate school supplies and a backpack. These children will be able to succeed in school because Suncoast Credit Union Foundation cares enough to know that children can and will succeed when they are given the basic tools to do well in school. No child should have to bear the burden of attending school without the same basic tools as their classmates, and this includes new shoes as well as notebooks, pencils and a backpack.
Thank you Suncoast Credit Union Foundation for your vision and generosity.
About Sunocast Credit Union Foundation: Suncoast Credit Union is proud to have founded the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to benefit sick children and their families and to support educational initiatives. The foundation is a vehicle for Suncoast to support the communities we serve and help the people who live here. Since its inception in 1992, the Foundation has raised and donated over $7 million dollars to help provide a better future for the children of our community.