The DC suburbs are some of the most affluent in the nation but there is no denying the pockets of extreme poverty that exist within them. ECHO’s programs address the most critical community needs – often precipitated by lack or loss of employment, relocation, physical or mental health problems, or the break-up of a family. Here, as elsewhere, the pandemic was a precipitating factor: many ECHO clients became unemployed when the hospitality and service sectors were decimated. So, ECHO offers assistance with a utility bill as the cut-off date nears, support for monthly rent when a client loses a job, clothing for an upcoming interview, a gas gift card that lets an employee get to and from a job, essential housewares for a new apartment, and food for a family who has no other resources – assistance that can make the critical difference.
Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County
Where They Operate: VA-Fairfax County; Springfield, VA; Burke, VA
Age Groups Served: All
Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Veterans/Military Families; Immigrants/Refugees
Awards & Recognition
ECHO was selected for inclusion in the 2006 edition of the Catalogue for Philanthropy.
ECHO has received numerous awards over the years from the Office of the Governor to the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County, to the Chamber of Commerce, etc.
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