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El Camino Homeless Organization in need of more volunteers

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Posted at 12:16 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 15:16:02-05

The El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) announced Thursday that the organization is in urgent need of volunteers for its three facilities.

This comes after ECHO opened up a shelter in Paso Robles in what was once a Motel 6.

ECHO can now house up to 80 individuals seeking emergency shelter during the winter months with that opening in addition to the 60 people in its core three-month case management program.

There are multiple positions ECHO needs volunteers for, starting at just a few hours a week. They include:

  • Nightly check-in of residents
  • Providing to-go style meals
  • Serving dinner
  • Shower program monitors

ECHO said volunteers can choose what feels most comfortable — whether that be direct interaction with others or ancillary support roles.

The most urgent need is overnight chaperones at the Atascadero shelter which requires an overnight stay for a team of two.

“Our volunteers are core to the success of our mission to end homelessness in our community," ECHO President/CEO Wendy Lewis said in Thursday's release. “Volunteers come to us with the desire to give back to the community and are surprised at just how rewarding it is. Many of them tend to form life-long friendships with other volunteers and typically become regulars in a variety of volunteer positions. “

For information and to sign up for volunteering, visit echoshelter.org/volunteer.