ECHHO (Ecumenical Christian Helping Hands Organization)

About This Organization

ECHHO was founded in 1997 to help serve needs among the elderly and disabled in East Jefferson County. Created as a secular organization sponsored by communities of faith, ECHHO has always served all area residents. ECHHO volunteers help in the areas of transportation to medical appointments, running errands, doing shopping, housework and yard work for those unable to do such tasks for themselves. In sixteen years of service we have helped more than 5,000 individuals, driven over 400,000 miles and contributed over 50,000 hours of volunteer service in our community. ECHHO staff also manage a medical equipment loan service operated from offices in the former First Presbyterian Church manse in uptown Port Townsend. We have loaned over 10,000 items of medical equipment from sock-pullers to hospital beds during the past decade. ECHHO’s work grows each year through the dedication of its volunteers and staff and with financial support from United Good Neighbors, local churches, the Olympic Area Agency on Aging, Jefferson Healthcare, charitable foundations, local business and civic groups, and individual donors. Between 2004 and 2013 ECHHO served 3806 individuals 60 and older at the time of service. About 15,000 people 60 and older lived in Jefferson County during that time; ECHHO served about one of every four people 60 and older who lived in the community during the last decade.

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