Founded as an emergency relief effort in 1989 after the devastation from Hurricane Hugo, East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) has since grown into a permanent resource for the community in need with three main program areas: Basic Needs, Health Services and Empowerment. More than 4,500 families a year receive emergency assistance for food, clothing, household furnishings, financial aid, and have access to dental care, medical care, prescription assistance, counseling, and educational opportunities like financial literacy classes, computer skills training, job readiness workshops. These services are all enhanced through personal interaction with staff who provide individualized support for each client, ongoing case management, and emphasize accountability and achievement.
To provide safety net services to our low income neighbors, while empowering them to create a better future for themselves, their families, and our communities.
All programs and services strive to guide clients toward self-sufficiency. ECCO’s ministry of “Helping Neighbors Help Themselves” attempts to improve the quality of life in our community in a compassionate way that respects the dignity and worth of every person.
What We Do
ECCO helps more than 4,500 families a year with a range of services including food, clothing, emergency financial assistance, special holiday initiatives, comprehensive medical and dental care, medications, counseling, educational opportunities including computer skills training, financial literacy workshops, job preparedness, an asset-development program, and ongoing case management. These services are all enhanced through personal interaction with staff who provide individualized support for each client while emphasizing accountability and achievement.
Who We Serve
Households in financial distress – our programs reach the elderly, disabled, unemployed or underemployed, veterans, families in generation poverty, and those experiencing situational poverty. The majority of clients live east of the Cooper River in Charleston/lower-Berkeley County or are currently employed in the East Cooper region. Income qualifications for households are set at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty level. Eligibility varies by program and some services are available to all Tri-County residents and beyond.