Get Involved

Now more than ever there is power in the word “community!” At ECHOS, our staff work diligently to support our community by supporting members in need of additional resources, assistance, and education. ECHOS is the catalyst to ensure the assistance is impactful and making a difference.

Spend Time as a Volunteer

Computer Lab/Mentor

Basic computer skills needed to assist with the community computer lab

Transportation team

Provide transport to local doctor’s office, pharmacy, or grocery store

Moving Help

Assist clients with moving into new homes

Emergency Winter Shelter

(December – April)

Volunteer at shelter:

  • Evening Greeter – help check guests in, serve dinner and get guests settled for night (6 – 9 pm)
  • Overnight – spend the night at the shelter, alternating sleep and monitoring with another volunteer (9 pm – 6:30 am)
  • Morning Clean-Up – help prepare breakfast and get guests ready for the day (6:30 – 8:30 am)

To volunteer at the shelter, volunteers must submit a criminal background check and child abuse clearances.  New volunteers must attend 1 training session.  They are offered at the following times:

  • Thursday, October 22, 4:30 – 6 pm
  • Wednesday, October 28, 6 – 7:30 pm
  • Monday, November 16, 6 – 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 17, 4:30 – 6 pm
  • Thursday, January 14, 6 – 7:30 pm

Space is limited to 10 due to social distancing restrictions.  Call 717-361-0740 or email office@echoslancaster.org to register.

Cleaning/organizing at CPOW and Bridge House 90 apartments

Weekly general clean/monthly deep clean

Deep clean and inventory supplies before the shelter opens

Volunteer Application

Donate Items

Kits to Assemble

Great opportunity for a kids’ club or family       

To Go Bags: bottle of water, protein, fruit cup with spoon, ready-soup, 2-3 packages snacks (PB crackers, granola bar, pretzels), and napkin.

Laundry Kits: 1 detergent pod,  2 dryer sheets (scent free), $3.50 in quarters in Ziploc snack bag

Blessing bags: bag of treats with a gift certificate for gas or groceries

Emergency Shelter Supplies

Looking to make an impact but not a lot of time?

Paper products: sturdy plastic utensils, sturdy dinner plates, drinking cups, napkins, paper towels, facial tissues, bath tissues.

Coffee, K-Cups, tea, and hot chocolate

Cleaning supplies, disinfectants, air fresheners

Click here for a full Wish List!

Calling all cooks

Help is needed for the Emergency Winter Shelter (December – March)

Hot and Ready dinner meals for emergency shelter (feeds 20)

Frozen breakfast pastries

Baked goods: cookies, muffins, brownies, etc.

“ECHOS is a much needed and valuable resource for our community. They provide not only assistance with homelessness or risk of being homeless, but also clothing, furniture, transitional placement. Through United Way, ECHOS is also helping to provide childcare tuition assistance for several community childcare programs, which would not be otherwise available. Financial guidance, tax assistance, and referral to other community services are also available if needed. With ECHOS leading the way, we can provide for our community members and families in need.”

Joyce HardmanDirector Elizabethtown Area Senior Center