Sewing’ for Soup!

Would you exchange five handmade items for a bowl of soup and bread? ECHO, El Camino Homeless Organization, is seeking knitters and quilters to help with their Empty Bowls fundraising event. “Last year was wildly successful and everyone loved the bowls and the many knitted and quilted items,” said Robin Smith, fundraising volunteer.

In exchange for donating five or more handmade items, participants receive a complimentary ticket to ECHO’s Empty Bowls fundraising luncheon happening in April. “We need about 40 more women to knit or sew five items or more,” said Smith. “We’re expecting attendance to be around 600 people this year!” Last year women made soup bowl cozies, pot holders, trivets, dish towels, and mug rugs. “We also have lots of different items, too. There were beautiful knitted hats, felted iPhone cases, eye glass holders, all kinds of pretty things,” said Smith. “This year a local 4-H group made fleece scarves with pretty bead work. There’s lots of ways for young and old to get involved!”

(Photos: Kathy Schwartz and her granddaughter Kensi are sewing soup bowl cozies to benefit ECHO, North County’s homeless shelter; a close-up of the fleece scarves made by 4H students, and a collection of quilted potholders made by Gail Gallagher.)

As an added bonus, anyone who donates 5 or more items is also entered into a drawing to win one of four $100 gift certificates to local shops including Birch Fabrics (Paso Robles), The Quilter’s Cupboard (Atascadero), Ranch Dog Knitting (Atascadero), and Sew Fun (Atascadero).

Those who would like to donate five handmade items or more to ECHO’s Empty Bowls event are asked to register by email to Robin Smith at or call 712-1224. Handmade items need to be completed by April 24 and can be exchanged for a ticket at the local shops listed above. 

Empty Bowls is happening on April 27, 11a.m. – 2:00p.m., Atascadero Bible Church, 6225 Atascadero Ave, Atascadero. Tickets are $25. A variety of soups will be prepared by area chefs and served by local celebrities. Along with their lunch, participants receive a handmade bowl and one quilted or knitted item.

Tickets can be purchased the following businesses:
Birch Fabrics, 1244 Pine St D, Paso Robles
Ranch Dog Knitting, 5835 Traffic Way, Atascadero
The Quilter’s Cupboard, 5275 El Camino Real, Atascadero
Sew Fun, 8775 El Camino Real, Atascadero
Atascadero Chamber, 6904 El Camino Real, Atascadero

Or save some time and gas and buy online at Eventbrite:

Eventbrite - ECHO Empty Bowls

We thank our Empty Bowls sponsors!



$1000 gift from GIVE Fitness

We our very thankful and honored to have been chosen as a partner in the Give Fitness Health Club Charities Challenge. On Saturday night, GIVE Fitness donated $1,000 to ECHO. The GIVE Fitness vision is to become involved in the community and give back 50% of their profits to programs that strengthen personal character, create value in people and provide opportunities for personal growth. Pictured is Matt Holguin, Working to Give; Josh Donovan, GIVE Fitness; behind that beautiful check is Charlotte Byrne, Terri Sherwin, Mike Byrne, and Kathy Asdel, ECHO board members; and Tiffany Donovan, GIVE Fitness. Another nine charities also received $1000 checks! Thank you GIVE Fitness!

ECHO 2016 Organization of the Year!


Recently the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce presented ECHO with their 2016 Organization of the Year award. We thank the Atascadero Chamber for recognizing ECHO and our work helping the homeless in North County. Most of all, we thank YOU, the ECHO volunteers, donors, supporters and staff who enable ECHO to make a difference in our community everyday. We would not have ECHO without you!

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