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ECHO’s Spring Job Fair Open to the Public

Brandon, Fl – Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) of Brandon is hosting a Spring Job Fair that is open to the public.
ECHO’s Spring Job Fair will be held Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Boys & Girls Club of Brandon, located at 213 N. Knights Ave, Brandon, Fl 33510. Anyone who is interested in attending, may register online at https://echo2017springjobfair.eventbrite.com/. Job candidates will receive free resume critique, a first impression assessment, and computer access. The first 25 candidates to arrive will receive a professional portfolio.

ECHO has historically been known as the local resource for emergency food and clothing, but it is so much more than that. ECHO wants to help the clients they serve become self sufficient, and the Spring Job Fair will do just that. There will be a multitude of positions available, including but not limited to, bus driver, behavioral health tech, counselor, claims analyst II, custodial, customer service, CNA, lunchroom aid, maintenance and many more.

The goal in hosting the job fair, is to produce a biannual event that provides local employers an efficient way to survey a large number of quality job candidates quickly and inexpensively. ECHO will continue to provide food and clothing for residents of Eastern Hillsborough County who have experienced a recent emergency; while offering access to life-stabilizing programs and resources.

For more information, contact Sharmaine Burr at sharmaine@echofl.org or (813) 685-0935 ext. 8003.

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ECHO Will Open Its Doors Tuesday Nights

Brandon, Fl – Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) of Brandon is excited to announce that for the first time in 30 years, it will have night time hours. Along with their regular hours of Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM, ECHO will also be open every Tuesday beginning January 17, 2017 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Clients will be able to receive the same services offered during the day. This includes, shopping for food and clothing. ECHO will also be offering a night time GED class. Anyone who is interested in receiving their GED is encouraged to attend the open house on Tuesday, January 17 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM in ECHO’s Opportunity Center. To attend the GED open house, please register online at www.echofl.org.

“We estimate seeing an additional 500 families a year, simply by keeping our lights on, one night a week” says Executive Director, Eleanor Saunders. ECHO’s new night time hours will allow the organization to help those families who work during the day but still need services.
ECHO provides food and clothing for residents of Eastern Hillsborough County who have experienced a recent emergency.  Since its inception in 1987, ECHO has served more than 180,000 Brandon area residents. Along with immediate resources, ECHO also provides an array of educational classes and basic social services.

For more information contact ECHO at (813)-685-0935 ext. 8000.

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ECHO Launches Social Enterprise 

Brandon, FL – Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) is pleased to announce the launch of their new social enterprise: ECHO Handmade. ECHO Handmade is a forward thinking initiative that brings together two resources found at ECHO: an abundance of clothing donations and neighbors in need of work.

The goal of ECHO Handmade is twofold: give participants (artisans) opportunities to earn income, develop entrepreneurial gifts, and experience hands on job skills training along with creating an additional stream of revenue for ECHO. “Its a triple bottom line! We recycle unusable donations, put people to work and enjoy another stream of revenue, what could be better than that!!!” says Executive Director, Eleanor Saunders.

The one of kind ECHO Handmade products can be found locally at Orange Boutique located at 1046 E Bloomingdale Ave, Valrico, FL 33596 and Revolution Ice Cream located at 220 W Brandon Blvd #104, Brandon, FL 33511. You may also shop online at ETSY.com : ECHOHandmadeStore.

ECHO provides food and clothing for residents of Eastern Hillsborough County who have experienced a recent emergency.  Since its inception in 1987, ECHO has served more than 180,000 Brandon area residents. Along with immediate resources, ECHO also provides an array of educational classes and basic social services.

For more information contact ECHO at (813)-685-0935 ext. 8000.

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ECHO EARNS COVETED 4-STAR RATING FROM CHARITY NAVIGATOR

(Brandon, Fl.) – ECHO’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the first time that ECHO has earned this top distinction.

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology.  These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices  and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders.  On June 1, 2016, we upgraded our methodology for rating each charity’s’ financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiates the financial health of our four star charities.

 

“ECHO’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds ECHO to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support ECHO.”

 

“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to assist residents of Eastern Hillsborough in crisis with emergency food and clothing, and offer access to life-stabilizing programs and resources.” said Executive Director, Eleanor Saunders.  “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”

 

ECHO’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org.   More-detailed information about ECHO’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

 

About Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America’s charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

 

About ECHO

ECHO provides food and clothing for residents of Eastern Hillsborough County who have experienced a recent emergency.  Since its inception in 1987, ECHO has served more than 180,000 Brandon area residents. Along with immediate resources, ECHO also offers access to life-stabilizing programs and resources.

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EMPOWER ECHO: Take the Next Step Breakfast

Brandon, Fl – Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) is excited to announce this years Empower ECHO fundraising breakfast. This annual event shares ECHO’s vision with the community and raises ongoing financial support for ECHO’s emergency programs as well as education and job skills training for hurting families.

Empower ECHO is on Wednesday, October 5th at The Regent located at 6437 Watson Road Riverview, Fl 33578. The event will be from 8:00 am to 9:00 am, and doors will open at 7:30 am. Attendees will be served a complimentary breakfast as they enjoy emcee, Ernest Hooper and a children’s choir. This event will aid ECHO in fulfilling their goal of ending hunger in Hillsborough county. ECHO’s Executive Director, Eleanor Saunders says, “The breakfast is one of the highlights of our year. It is such a thrill to celebrate lives changed, while casting our vision for the future.”

ECHO provides food and clothing for residents of Eastern Hillsborough County who have experienced a recent emergency.  Since its inception in 1987, ECHO has served more than 180,000 Brandon area residents. Along with immediate resources, ECHO also provides an array of educational classes and basic social services.

There is no cost involved, but RSVP is required for this event. You may RSVP at https://empowerechobreakfast.eventbrite.com.

Empower ECHO is also in need of table host. A table host would commit to inviting people to sit at their table of 8. For more information, contact Laura Young at laura@echofl.org or 813-685-0935 ext. 8008. Visit www.echofl.org for more information on all upcoming events at ECHO.

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ECHO’s Fall Job Fair Open to the Public

Brandon, Fl – Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) of Brandon is hosting a Fall Job Fair that is open to the public.

ECHO’s Fall Job Fair will be held Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Boys & Girls Club of Brandon, located at 213 N. Knights Ave, Brandon, Fl 33510. Anyone who is interested in attending, may register online at https://echofalljobfair.eventbrite.com.

ECHO has historically been known as the local resource for emergency food and clothing, but it is so much more than that. ECHO wants to help the clients they serve become self sufficient, and the Fall Job Fair will do just that. There will be a multitude of positions available, including but not limited to, behavioral health tech, bus driver, case manager, centralized small business banker, child protection investigator trainee, claims analyst II, counselor, custodial, customer service representatives, LPN, maintenance, teacher and youth care workers.

The goal in hosting the job fair, is to provide our community partners an efficient way to survey a large number of quality job candidates quickly and inexpensively. ECHO will continue to provide food and clothing for residents of Eastern Hillsborough County who have experienced a recent emergency; while offering access to life-stabilizing programs and resources.

For more information, contact Sharmaine Burr at sharmaine@echofl.org or (813) 685-0935 ext. 8003.

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EMERGENCY CARE HELP ORGANIZATION (ECHO) RECEIVES $6,000 GRANT FROM SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION TO SUPPORT ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL PROGRAM


BRANDON, Fla. (6/10/2016) – Suncoast Credit Union has awarded the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) a $6,000 grant to support the organization’s Back to School Program, a partnership with the YMCA to provide backpacks full of school supplies to families in ECHO’s service areas in eastern Hillsborough County. The credit union will present the grant at a “Back to School” event on July 30. The event will also provide additional services such as children’s vision screening, dental checkups, children’s insurance and haircuts.

Along with the backpacks, 300 qualifying children will receive vouchers to purchase new shoes. The goal is to provide 1500 children with the supplies they need to avoid falling behind in school due to lack of resources.

“These school supplies and shoes make such a difference for our students and families,” said ECHO Executive Director Eleanor Saunders. “We are grateful for all of the work that Suncoast Credit Union does to empower children in our community and to help them access the education they deserve.”

The Back to School event on Saturday, July 30 will take place from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Camp Cristina: 9840 Balm Riverview Road, Riverview, FL 33569. Registration will take place June 28-July 15 at ECHO, 507 North Parsons Avenue, Brandon, FL 33510 until slots are filled. Families interested in signing up must bring a valid picture ID, social security cards for all members in the household and proof of residence (any mail addressed to the applicant within the last 30 days). Families must also live in one of ECHO’s service areas: 33510, 33511, 33527, 33534, 33547, 33568, 33569, 33678, 33579, 33584, 33592, 33595, 33596, 33610 and 33619.

About ECHO
ECHO provides food and clothing for residents of eastern Hillsborough County who have experienced a recent emergency.  Since its inception in 1987, ECHO has served more than 180,000 Brandon area residents. Along with immediate resources, ECHO also offers access to life-stabilizing programs and resources.

About Suncoast Credit Union
Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the eighth largest in the United States based on membership, and the 14th largest in the United States based on its $7.5 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 60 full-service branches and serves more than 704,389 members in the following Florida counties: Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter. Since its founding in 1992, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated over $16 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information visit: suncoastcreditunion.com, facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion or @SuncoastCU.

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Emergency Care Help Organization(ECHO) Receives $8,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Adult Literacy

Brandon, Fl.– 5/20/2016– This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded ECHO an $8,000 grant to support adult literacy. This local grant award is part of over $7.1 million in grants awarded to more than 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves.

“We are so grateful for this grant. It will allow us to continue growing our GED program for the next year,” said Executive Director, Eleanor Saunders.

ECHO’s free GED classes are offered to adults 18 and up. The classes allow students to work at their own pace and their own level while receiving individual attention. Helping clients reach self-sufficiency is a top priority at ECHO, and receiving their GED starts them down that path. ECHO has had great success recently, it graduated a student who was able to receive a job a month later.

“Consistent with our mission of Serving Others, we are excited to provide these organizations with funding to further literacy and education across the communities we call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “It is always so exciting to see the true and meaningful impact the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has on both children and adults looking to improve their lives through literacy.”
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $120 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.3 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.


About ECHO
ECHO provides food and clothing for residents of Eastern Hillsborough County who have experienced a recent emergency.  Since its inception in 1987, ECHO has served more than 180,000 Brandon area residents. Along with immediate resources, ECHO also offers access to life-stabilizing programs and resources.

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for over 20 years. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $120 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.3 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operates 12,483 stores in 43 states as of January 29, 2016. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.

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ECHO helps candidates get ready for job fair with mock interviews

By Laura Cone
Brandon News Published: April 13, 2016

While helping clients in need of food or clothing, Sharmaine Burr discovered most people desperately want work. This year, she will help job candidates prepare for the ECHO (Emergency Care Help Organization) job fair with mock interviews and first impression assessments.

Burr, the director of social services for ECHO, said the April 21 job fair will take place at the Boys & Girls Club, 213 N. Knights Ave., Brandon, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“The job fair was a vision I had for over two years after listening to clients come in day after day to receive food and clothing because they are either underemployed or unemployed,” she said. “They have a desire to work so they can provide for their families.”

Burr oversees the “Client Center” operation as well as manages classes in ECHO’s “Opportunity Center” such as our Jobs4Jobs employability program, financial literacy, GED, & Mommy & Me.

“Seeing that there were not many job fairs that happened in the Brandon area, I just felt the need to continue to push the vision which came true last year when ECHO hosted our fall job fair,” she said. “I had less than 60 days to pull it together, so it was such a blessing to see the vision come alive. There were over 150 applicants that came out looking for jobs and over 30 employers and agency’s ready to receive the applicants.”

She said the upcoming job fair will include free parking and computer access. The first 25 candidates who arrive receive a free portfolio.

She said this year would be different because they will add a “pre-job fair assessment” on April 15, which includes. Mock interviews and resume reviews also will occur during the actual job fair on April 21.

“The first impression assessment is important because making a great impression is imperative and everything contributes to the way we look on the outside as well how we feel on the inside,” she said. “Everything counts. Planning this event takes dedication, patience and persistence. Because I love what I do, it comes natural to me. While it has not been easy, it’s worth it when I receive emails of success stories resulting from the job fair.”

Zuleyka Castro, the communications manager for ECHO, said the participating companies include Bass Pro Shops, Cheddars, Man Power, Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, Wells Fargo, Hillsborough Community College and other small businesses and major employers from the area.

Castro said the goal is to create a biannual event that connects a large number of quality job candidates with participating companies.

Some of the positions available include administrative assistant, accountant, plant manufacturing, information technology, after-school group leader, bus operator, sales, cashier, and bilingual phone operators.

Castro said people should register by visiting echospringjobfair.eventbrite.com or by visiting echofl.org.

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Press Release: ECHO’s Joins Give Day Tampa Bay and Urges Area Residents to Give Locally on May 3, 2016

Brandon, Fl – Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) of Brandon is excited to be participating in the third annual Give Day Tampa Bay on May 3, 2016 and we are encouraging residents to donate to us in our efforts to provide food and clothing for residents of Eastern Hillsborough County who have experienced a recent emergency; while offering access to life-stabilizing programs and resources.

All money raised on this day will stay in the community.

Give Day Tampa Bay is a 24-hour, online giving event, designed to increase philanthropy in the Tampa Bay area and raise awareness of the amazing work local nonprofits do in this community. This is the third year that the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay has sponsored this event, which raised $1.75 million for 550 Tampa Bay area nonprofits last year.

Your donation to ECHO will assist in suppling close to 100 families with food and clothing every week. It will help the unemployed acquire job skills and find jobs with local employers. Your donation ensures that GED test are passed. ECHO is so much more than just food and clothing. Our classes help struggling heads of households learn life changing money management skills and young mothers learn to set long term goals. Donate to ECHO on May 3, 2016 and help us provide to our neighbors.

In addition to raising awareness of the participating nonprofits, Give Day Tampa Bay offers cash prizes to the participants with the most donations, another reason to give on May 3.

“This year, our goal is to raise $10,000, what an amazing boost this would be for us! We also hope to win one of the many cash prizes in the prize pool,” said Executive Director, Eleanor Saunders.

It’s so simple to give during Give Day Tampa Bay. Simply visit www.GiveDay.org on May 3, 2016 and find ECHO in the list of participating organizations. All donations made are tax-deductible and will remain in our local community.

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