ECHO – Everyone Cooperating To Help Others

Life is an ECHO. What you Send Out, you Get Back!

non-profit, faith-community sponsored charity organization

ECHO has grown from being a food pantry and clothing depot to being a charity organization called upon to help meet temporary housing, food, transportation and other emergency needs for low-income families. Our services include:

  • Food Pantry – providing food, including commodities
  • Janesville Farmer’s Market Vouchers
  • Senior “Stockbox” Program
  • Bread & other Food provided to breakfast clubs, agencies,etc.
  • Emergency Rent Assistance
  • Emergency Lodging
  • Cleaning & Personal Supplies
  • Diapers & Baby Food
  • Gas & Bus Vouchers – out of funding
  • Humane Society Pet Pantry

Empty Bowls

October 28, 2017
11:00 AM / 02:00 PM
Parker High School (608) 754-5333

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Lunch and Fundraiser to support ECHO, fighting to end hunger in Janesville w/handmade soups from restaurants along w/artisan breads.

  • Soup, Bread, Beverage, and Dessert Only: $8 ($10 at door)

  • Soup, Bread, Beverage, Dessert, and Reserved Seating with Servers: $35

Soups from these Participating Locations: Barkley's, Basics, Bass Creek Golf Course, Best Events, Blackhawk Technical College, Bon Ton Bakery, Buckhorn Supper Club, Charlie’s Place, Citrus Cafe, Eagle Inn, ECHO, Fredericks, GR’s Sandwich Shoppe, HuHot Mongolian Grill, Janesville Country Club, Kerry Ingredients, Knutes Bar & Grill, The Lark, Luke’s Deli, MacFarlane Pheasant, Mac’s Pizza Shack, Mercy Hospital, Milwaukee Grill, Moose Club, My Apartment, Panera, Park City, Park Place, Sidelines Sports Pub/ (formerly Hhffrrrggh), Skip’s Friendly Village, Sneakers, SSM Health/ St. Mary’s Hospital Janesville, Steve’s Deli Dog House, Tasty Bites, Texas Roadhouse, Wedges

Other Major Sponsor - Barb & Tim Cullen

Beverage Area Sponsor 




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ECHO Thanksgiving Basket Distribution

November 18, 2017
08:00 AM / 12:00 PM
Rock County Fairgrounds

Thanksgiving baskets have been a part of ECHO since at least 1975.  The basket includes a turkey, vegetables, instant potatoes and gravy, stuffing, homemade cookies or bars, pumpkin pie and whipped topping, and other miscellaneous items.

Sponsors are needed for the Thanksgiving baskets.  Each basket costs $30.  If you would like to make a donation to help feed families for Thanksgiving, please send a check to the ECHO Office at 65 S. High St., Janesville, WI 53548, made out to: “ECHO Thanksgiving” or visit to make a donation online.

 Canned Cranberry Drive will be starting October 2. ECHO would like to get 1,200 cans for the Thanksgiving Basket program. On Facebook you will see weekly posts about the drive.

Volunteers are needed at  8am to begin packing the Thanksgiving baskets at Rock County Fairgrounds.  Volunteers are needed at 9:30am for distribution of the Thanksgiving baskets.  Please call our volunteer coordinator, Fran, at 754-5333 with questions or to volunteer.

Grocery bags can be picked up at ECHO for youth groups and organizations to decorate.  Please bring your decorated bags to ECHO by   Friday, Nov. 17.

Volunteer bakers are needed.  Drop off your pre-packaged cookies and bars (one dozen per ziploc bag) at Rock County Fairgrounds on Saturday, November 18, 7am-10am or at the ECHO office on Friday, November 17, 9am-Noon.


Holiday Express

November 26, 2017
02:00 PM / 05:00 PM
Pontiac Convention Center

Thank you American Family Insurance - Colleen Frentzel and Heather Carmona Agencies for being the presenting sponsor of this event!

Featuring a special holiday movie with free admission. You are encouraged to bring a new toy for the ECHO Toy Distribution. Available for purchase are Photos with Santa, Arts & Crafts Projects, Snowman Soup, Refreshments and More!

ECHO Christmas Dinner

December 25, 2017
11:00 AM / 01:00 PM
St. William's Catholic Church

Proud Program Partner


ECHO stands for Everyone Cooperating to Help Others

ECHO’s mission is dedicated to meeting housing, food and other basic human needs and addressing the barriers to self-sufficiency.  ECHO seeks to help people help themselves through its programs and services, not readily available through other sources, and to assist them in utilizing other existing services and programs in the community. It does not impose any theological or political value system upon those served. It exists through the generosity of others in the community. Congregations help us, so do many individuals, businesses, school and community groups, foundations, and social service agencies. Requests for assistance may be made at the ECHO Office.

ECHO, Inc., created in late 1969, is a non-profit, faith-community sponsored charity organization, serving low-income individuals and families.

The future of ECHO depends upon you! Volunteers are needed for many task. Contributions of food may be taken to the High. St. Site. Cash donations are always accepted.

We are calling upon you to help us meet food, transportation and other emergency needs for low-income families. Learn more about how you can help!

Congregations help us, so do many individuals, businesses, school and community groups, foundations, and social service agencies. View our sponsors here.