Philanthropy at ECHO is a continuous effort and a practice we consider essential to our culture. We believe that our intentional efforts will make meaningful influences on the people and organizations in our community.
Approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States have cystic fibrosis including one of our own engineers. ECHO supports the Northern California chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in its mission to find a cure and provide resources for those living with CF. Since 1955, The CF Foundation has led many advances in research and therapies for CF. (www.cff.org/Chapters/nca)
One of ECHO’s engineers has a child with autism, a neuro-developmental disability with a wide spectrum of signs that vary in severity. Jumpstart Learning to Learn helps children and their families learn how to deal with autism. Closely associated with UCSF’s Autism Clinic, Jumpstart Learning also contributes to research on treatment outcomes that will ultimately lead to better developmental and cognitive progress. (www.autismjumpstart.org)
Of course, many ECHO employees have school-age children, but one of ECHO’s staff members is also a former public school teacher. To help our youth grow and reach their full potential, ECHO provides internships for high school students and specifically supports the internship programs at New Door Ventures and ICA’s Cristo Rey Program. (newdoor.org and icacademy.org)
At ECHO, we believe that every child and adult should possess the resources needed to thrive and to build a brighter future. ECHO exemplifies this belief through its work with The Arc, a national organization established more than six decades ago. The Arc creates greater opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities by working to ensure their full integration into society. Through the provision of academic, employment, and healthcare support as well as advocacy, The Arc has developed a vast support network for those in need of its services. ECHO contributes to those efforts to enrich the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to provide them with additional pathways to success. (http://www.thearc.org)