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 24, 2020
11:00 AM / 01:00 PM
YMCA of Northern Rock County (608) 754-5333

COVID-19 Style Fundraiser to support ECHO, fighting to end hunger in Janesville with handmade soups from local restaurants.

Soups by: To Be Announced September 1, 2020

Soups will be pre-sold in quart freezer safe containers. Orders will be taken starting 9/1/20 at noon until sold out.

Pricing: $8 per quart or 3 quarts for $20.  Discount does not work online. Will receive a refund of $4 for each 3/$20 purchased at pickup on October 24.

Pickup will be done as a drive thru at YMCA of Northern Rock County's back parking lot off of Court Street on October 24 from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

Thank you to our sponsors: Old National Bank, Why the Fuss Technical Solutions, and Meadowlark Photography & Design.

ECHO Thanksgiving Basket Distribution

November 21, 2020
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 1. ECHO would like to get 1,200 cans for the Thanksgiving Basket program.

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. 20.

Volunteer bakers are needed.  Drop off your pre-packaged cookies and bars (one dozen per ziploc bag) at Rock County Fairgrounds on Saturday, November 21, 7am-10am or at the ECHO office on Friday, November 20, 9am-Noon.


ECHO Christmas Dinner

December 25, 2020
11:00 AM / 01:00 PM
St. William's Catholic Church

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 on you! Volunteers are needed for many tasks. Contributions of food may be taken to the High. St. site. Cash donations 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.