ECHO was formed on May 22, 1968, when representatives from nine Springfield churches met to discuss and identify ways in which the churches of Springfield could meet social needs in the community on an ecumenical basis.
This group, which was the outgrowth of an idea developed in the Springfield Ministerial Association, was subsequently identified as ECHO, an acronym for Ecumenical Community Helping Others.
The purpose of Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO), Inc. is to assist people in need in our community, those who suffer the effects of long-term poverty as well as those who are experiencing an emergency financial need. To that end, we provide food and financial assistance to help families or individuals through a crisis.
We offer access to donated clothing, school supplies, and household goods such as bed linens, cookware, and small appliances to ease the burden of those who struggle with long-term low income. We conduct a large holiday meal program for families and a Christmas gift program for children.
At ECHO, we believe that a community that addresses the practical needs of its most vulnerable members fosters a spirit of unity, purpose, and tolerance that makes that community a better place for everyone to live, work, and raise a family.
We believe that, in a community where more fortunate citizens have an efficient way to lend aid to less fortunate citizens, human dignity is honored and preserved. ECHO’s vision is to be the conduit through which neighbors who have enough can share with their neighbors who don’t.