Vote for ECHO and Aurora!


What is “Dancing With Our Stars?”

Now in its eighth successful year, “Dancing With Our Stars” is a fundraising event organized by Friends of the Atascadero Library. In 2017, the event is also partnering with ECHO, El Camino Homeless Organization.

It features local community members who are partnered with professional dancers, much like the ABC television show. Anyone in the community can buy votes for ECHO! Sponsors receive premium seating at the event along with advertising and other benefits.

ECHO is a partnering non-profit benefitting from Dancing With Our Stars. ECHO’s executive director, Aurora William, is taking the role as a Community Star Dancer. All ECHO sponsorship funds will benefit ECHO, North County’s only homeless shelter.

Besides being a lot of fun to watch all the community dancers, Dancing With Our Stars is a very important fundraiser. You can buy “votes” for your favorite dancer by using our Eventbrite button to make a donation using a credit card or download the form below and return by mail. Every $5 equals one vote. So a $50 donation would be 10 votes for ECHO and Aurora! All donations go towards supporting ECHO’s services to help the homeless.

Eventbrite - Vote for Aurora and ECHO!


Click the “mail” icon to download a “voting” donation form that can be mailed to ECHO.

Would you like to be a sponsor for ECHO and Dancing With Our Stars? We have a generous marketing package and Dancing With Our Stars is a highly anticipated event in our community. We also need silent auction items and volunteers to help at the event! Please email if you can donate/volunteer or call Gail Gresham or Mimi Naish at 792-0599.


Jan 16

GiveFitness ECHO Challenge

When you have a chance, drop into GiveFitness in Atascadero and do their Charity Challenge for ECHO! See how fast you can run on the GiveFitness Skillmill (you can do it!), take a photo and upload it to Facebook or Instagram. Be sure to add #GIVEc4cSkillmill. You’ll earn $1 for ECHO. If you complete all 10 challenges for charities, you’ll receive an “Challenges for Charity” T-shirt. GiveFitness is on El Camino Real in the Vons shopping center. Here’s their phone number if you have questions: 805 466-4483.



ECHO Volunteer Opportunities


We have an informational packet highlighting all the events we are managing in 2017 and how you can help! About 73% of ECHO’s operating budget comes from donations and fundraising. Not only does this fundraising support North County’s homeless shelter, it’s fun and we have a really wonderful group of volunteers for you to join!

We need help with ECHO’s Empty Bowls, 15-Year Celebration, Long Walk Home and our participation in Atascadero’s Dancing With Our Stars. There is a volunteer event activity to match anyone’s skills and availability!

Just fill out this contact form and it will be sent to you!


Empty Bowls 2017 is Coming!

We thank everyone for helping us raise $28,000 during our first ECHO Empty Bowls event last year!


This year Empty Bowls is on Thursday, April 27, 11am – 2pm, at Atascadero Bible Church, 6225 Atascadero Ave (near ECHO and Atascadero High School). We will have much more information on the website soon. If you want to make bowls or knit/quilt for Empty Bowls this year, please contact Robin Smith at



K-Man Donates Much Needed Shoes!


Shoes are important for everyone. However, if you are homeless and walking more than the average person, shoes become critically important. With this in mind, Keith and Robyn Schmidt, owners of K-Man Cyclery in Atascadero, donated more than 50 athletic shoes to ECHO, El Camino Homeless Organization. “Many of the parents at ECHO are the working poor and their children outgrow shoes quickly,” Keith Schmidt explained. “They simply can’t afford to buy shoes for their kids. This is just a small way we can help improve their quality of life.” As a locally owned and operated business, Schmidt is committed to giving back to the community, “When you shop locally, for every $100 spent, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. That’s what we are doing with this donation. Giving back to our community.”

“We support ECHO because it is the right thing to do,” says Schmidt. Together with his wife, Robyn, the couple support the shelter regularly. “We provide Gatorade for meals and give gift cards at the holidays. We’ve been able to talk to many homeless families and it’s so disheartening to learn what they go through.”  The donated shoes are in adult and children’s sizes and will be available to ECHO clients throughout the year. “We’ve been put in a position to help a bit so that’s what we do,” Schmidt added. “ECHO is an amazing volunteer organization that provides a true need to our community and it deserves our support. God willing, I will continue to support them in any way possible, and the rest of Atascadero should as well.” Check out K-Man’s website here. 

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