ECHO Fall Yard Sale, October 29

ECHO’s exciting Fall Yard Sale will be held Saturday, October 29 from 8:00 am until noon in the gym of St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 7600 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield.  Early birds get the best selection of household items, fashion accessories, collectibles, and much more.  Proceeds benefit Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO). 
If you are interested in volunteering to work on the sale, contact ECHO by e-mail to

Scouting for Food Benefits ECHO

scouting-for-foodThe “Scouting for Food,” project by local Scout troops to collect non-perishable food for the needy is one of  the ECHO pantry’s most vital resources. Scouts will leave bags at the doors of homes in early November.  Residents can put the filled bags on their doorsteps early on Saturday, November 12 for Scouts to pick up.  All food collected in Burke and Springfield is donated to ECHO.  

Support ECHO this Season

season-of-givingECHO is listed among the non-profit agencies eligible for support through the Combined Federal Campaign and the United Way Campaign.  Please note that ECHO’s CFC number is 74224 and our United Way number is 8426.  Donors not affiliated with those campaigns may prefer to give directly by a check made out to ECHO and mailed to 7205 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22150.  Receipts are gladly supplied.  If you would like to know how ECHO uses donations, please our audited financial information.

Looking for Tutors/Mentors

Mentor-Tutor_optECHO’s tutoring and mentoring program is underway in local middle and elementary schools. More volunteers are needed this year. No special educational qualifications are required- just willingness to spend quality time with children.  Mentoring usually takes place at the school during the student’s lunch period. Tutoring times are arranged by the school; after-school tutoring is also available.  All volunteers must submit a form for a background check and be fingerprinted to ensure the safety of the children. For more information, contact

Support ECHO Through Your Amazon Purchases

amazon smile logo_optPeople in our community who shop online at Amazon have found that they can support ECHO through their purchases at no extra cost to themselves. They signed up for “Amazon Smile” ( after logging in to their accounts.  If you would like to participate, put ECHO into the search block and choose the one listed in Springfield, VA.  (ECHO is not part of a national charity- we are strictly local, but many non-profits use the word “echo” in their names.)  Your purchases will then generate small donations to ECHO from Amazon!