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

Holiday Online Silent Auction

November 1, 2020
All Day

Help ECHO raise funds to meet basic human needs by participating in our online silent auction.

How to bid on items:
1) Click this link. Each package is pictured with a description of the items.
2) Find the package or packages that you like.
3) Place your bid.
4) If you are the highest bid at 8:00pm on 11/15/2020, you are the winner!

Payment will be taken after the auction has ended.  Items can be picked up at ECHO (65 S High St, Janesville, WI).

Delivery is available in Rock County.

Visit to view and bid on silent auction.

ECHO Thanksgiving Basket Distribution

November 21, 2020
08:00 AM / 12:00 PM
Rock County Fairgrounds

Due to COVID-19, ECHO will not be accepting donations of cookies and bars.
Please consider purchasing canned cranberries, green beans and corn instead.

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.

(Due to COVID-19, we will be accepting a limited number of volunteers)

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. 13.


Holiday Express

November 29, 2020
01:00 PM / 03:00 PM

ECHO Christmas Toy Distribution

December 11, 2020
All Day

Due to COVID-19 and ensuring the safety of our clients, volunteers and staff, ECHO will be modifying their annual Toy Distribution.

This year, ECHO is requesting monetary donations or gift cards from Blain’s Farm n Fleet.  Parents will receive a gift card(s) to purchase presents along with a prepacked goodie bag full of stocking stuffers and holiday cheer for children in need in our community.

Donations accepted now through December 10 at the ECHO office, 65 S. High St.

9am-Noon & 1-4pm, Monday-Thursday, 9am-Noon, Friday, or call 754-5333 for appointment to drop off donations.

Last year ECHO provided 517 children with Christmas toys.  ECHO also distributed Christmas trees and decorations to 98 families who otherwise would not have been able to afford these holiday extras.

Please be a part of our holiday tradition.

Toy Distribution - Friday, December 11 at ECHO (65 S High Street)

Snow Day - Saturday, December 12

(Preregistration from Mon., Oct. 26 - Thur., Dec. 10 at ECHO is required for participation in program. Must bring photo ID, current utility bill with a Janesville address, and proof of income for the entire household.)

Holiday wrapping paper is needed and can also be dropped off along with the gift cards.

Any toy donations will be used for Birthday presents throughout the year for children in need. 


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.