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(Ecumenical Christian Helping Hands Organization)

Volunteers helping Jefferson County residents
live independently

News - June 2011

June 2011

Rhody Parade reveals community’s love for ECHHO

Pickup Float in Rhody Parade

ECHHO joined the UGN group in the Rhody Parade on Saturday, May 21. Our equipment associate, Walt Hill, offered his pickup for a float and it was decorated with two large ECHHO banners and many rhodies. As we drove along the parade route we were gratified by shouts from observers expressing their appreciation of ECHHO. Many thanks were sent our way for the volunteers who make ECHHO the wonderful organization that it is. It was great to feel the gratitude of our community for our organization.

We Need You!

ECHHO’s existence is made possible only by the generosity of donors like you who believe in our mission. The most vulnerable members of our community depend on ECHHO and you for transportation to medical appointments, for medical equipment, for grocery shopping and for other volunteer support services that enable them to continue living independently with dignity. Please, if you can help us stay afloat, give a monetary donation of any amount you feel comfortable with. Donations can be made through UGN by designating ECHHO as the recipient or by sending a check to ECHHO at the address below. Or stop by our office with a donation – we’d love to see you and, if we haven’t already done so, introduce ourselves. Perhaps you’ll even want to discuss volunteering for ECHHO as a driver or as a fill-in office worker to relieve one of our staff if they are away. Please call to make an appointment if you’d like to visit us.

Thank you, Thank you!

As Rich was finishing typing the previous paragraph on June 21, the back doorbell rang. It was a generous donor giving us a check for $1,000! A perfect example of “Ask and you shall receive!” Here’s a note from the donor's sister-in-law:

To Whom It May Concern:
I brought in a $1,000 check today from my brother-in-law's charitable foundation. On a recent visit, I told him of the wonderful volunteer work your organization does and how it has really helped our family out with medical equipment. He was so impressed, he went home to Los Angeles and left this check for ECHHO.
            Rae Belkin

Thank You Port Townsend Rotary
for Your Generous Contribution of $1,000!
As Always, Your Support is Helping us Serve People in Need!

As the Need for Medical Equipment Grows,
We are So Grateful for Your Gifts!

ECHHO has recently received donations of an electric scooter and two electric wheel chairs. One of those chairs is highly sophisticated in its capabilities and maneuverability, is in new condition and valued at approximately $7,000! This chair has been with us for only about a week and has already been loaned out to a patient with specific needs for which the chair was specially designed. All of our equipment is in constant and growing demand, and these recent acquisitions will surely be put to good use!

The Need is Growing.
Equipment Loans Set New Record:   161 Items loaned in May!

TOTAL Rides to Medical Appointments Other Volunteer Services Miles Driven
126 258.5 188.5 70 3226 161

To make a monetary donation, mail your check to
ECHHO, 1110 Jefferson St., Port Townsend, WA 98368.
If you would like to donate medical equipment or volunteer, please call us
at (360) 379-3246 or email us:
Thank you for your support!

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