What We Do
lbs of food distributed
served through our outreach events
The ECHO Food Pantry along with the ECHO Clothing closet was created to assist our neighbors who have suffered a recent emergency and need help with food and clothing. Singles who have undergone a recent loss of a job, income due to health issues, house fire, emergency foster children, or other hardships are encouraged to visit us.
Our neighbors in need receive 20 lbs of food and are equipped with seven outfits and three pairs of shoes. Children receive two new pairs of socks and underwear or diapers.
If you know of someone in need please refer them to us.They can find more information on what we offer and what they need to bring at our website under Need Help.
Life Rebuilding Programs
ECHO has excellent resources in place to help neighbors rebuild their lives. We provide an opportunity for them to earn their GED. A workshop where they can discover how to navigate the resources available to them. A place they can feel comfortable learning how to search for jobs, create their resume and practice mock interviews. All programs are available FREE of charge.
We provide FREE English/Spanish General Equivalency Diploma (GED) classes, taught by retired, certified teachers.
Our Back to Work program teaches participants how to write a resume, search for jobs, learn the do’s and don’ts of interviewing and much more!
Individuals who have questions related to budgeting, managing finances, handling debts or starting a savings program, are encouraged to make an appointment with our financial planning volunteer.
A program design to help navigate the resources available for a better life.
We provide computer access, along with printing, copying and faxing for those who don’t have access.
REFERRALS: to parrtner organizations with additional support services and job search assistance offered.
Community Outreach Events
Our community outreach events provides school supplies in July, a hot Thanksgiving Meal at our Common Table event, and gifts for children in December.
Last year 8,106 neighbors were served through our outreach program.
“Organizations that address a basic unmet need or solve a social or environmental problem through a market-driven approach.” – Social Enterprise Alliance
The three models of Social Enterprise
- Transformative Product or Service
- Opportunity for Employment
- Donates Back
ECHO Handmade – transforms donated clothing into fashion accessories, provides opportunity for employment and donates back.
ECHO Boutique and Community Thrift Sale – donates back.
Funds donated in excess of need will help us continue to serve the hungry and vulnerable in our community, throughout the year. Echo of Brandon, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization. A copy of the official registration (CH15550) and financial information may be obtained from the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state 1-800-435-7352. Registration doesn’t imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. Gifts to ECHO are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.