Empowerment

Employment Services

ECCO Works helps the underemployed and unemployed to become better prepared for a sustainable career through a variety of classes and training.

Career Readiness Bootcamp

Offered the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, this one-day intensive training is one step towards a better job and life. With group instruction, hands-on participation, learn how to better position yourself for long-term employment. Program graduates will receive additional help with job placement, and support services and case management for one year.

  • Understand the expectations of the workplace
  • Resume writing
  • Mock interviews
  • Career assessments

For more information, please contact Sheila Russell 

Resource Center

Need help finding a job or updating your resume? ECCO offers the only Career Resource Center east of the Cooper. We encourage job seekers to stop by and use one of our many computer stations, and get personal assistance with:

  • Job Searches
  • Resume Building and Preparation
  • Online Applications
  • Employment Opportunity Listings

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 2pm

Women’s Empowerment

The foundation of ECCO’s Getting Ahead program was designed to help struggling women identify personal goals and strengths to ultimately achieve a better life. Previously structured around a seven week course of facilitated group discussions, guest lecturers, classes, and self-discovery, our clients will continue to receive individualized support through one-on-one case management that will focus on creating a plan to achieve personal and economic growth.

 

Budgeting and Education

ECCO offers a range of educational classes for adults interested in improving computer skills, pursuing a GED or another academic degrees, and learning money management. We want to help our clients pursue their long-term dreams, which can be achieved through responsible financial spending and savings habits. Listed below are ECCO’s key empowerment programs that provide opportunities to repair credit, earn matching funds for asset development, and move towards economic stability. ECCO is proud to have the only adult IDA program in the Lowcountry.

Budgeting Workshop

Tuesdays: 11am-12pm
All financial assistance recipients are required to complete this budgeting 101 course.

Computer and Keyboarding Class

Tuesdays: 2-3pm

Money Smart

The Money Smart Workshop is a 12-week course that teaches the basics of borrowing credit, how to track spending, how to discover new ways to save and work with a bank, and how to clean up bad credit. Money Smart is an essential step toward financial independence and a requirement for IDA program participants.

Offered quarterly or and also online at FDIC: Money Smart – Computer Based

Legal Workshop Series

Thanks to our partnership with Charleston Pro Bono, ECCO hosts seminars that cover a variety of legal topics, such as expungement and family litigation. Each workshop is led by an expert from the community – we appreciate the generosity of these attorneys and law firms for dedicating their time to help others.

Free Tax Assistance 

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Scheduled appointments are available at ECCO during tax season every year.

South Carolina IDA Program

ECCO offers the only IDA program for adults in the Lowcountry. An Individual Development Account (IDA) is a savings program that offers the opportunity to receive matching funds after successfully saving at least $25 for six consecutive months. Earn up to $3,000 to be used towards buying a home, starting or improving a small business, or for post-secondary education.

Interested? Click here to review our program guidelines and what to do next. Please contact Lyndsi Holst to discuss enrollment.

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