Long Walk Home 2016

Eventbrite - Long Walk Home 2016

Or use this link to download a mail-in registration form:

Download our Donation Collection envelope cover. It makes it easy to collect and organize donations. Just tape to a 9 x 12 envelope.


Long Walk Home is a non-competitive fun walk. We take a wonderful morning stroll around downtown Atascadero, and the walk ends a short time later with music, lunch and lots of prizes. (If you’d like, you can take a tour of ECHO instead of walking, or do both!)

We are so excited about our Grand Prize this year! The team that raises the most funds wins a Grand Prize Fishing or Whale Watching boat trip courtesy of Virg’s Landing Sportfishing in Morro Bay!


Team Prize! Another wonderful prize is for the team that brings the most registered walkers! They win a dinner prepared by Atascadero Kiwanis for the whole team!

Apple iPad Mini Prize! The individual who raises the most funds wins an Apple iPad Mini! This is a great goal
for your student this summer!

Here’s a link for the Donation Collection envelope! 

Registration is $30 “at the door” on Saturday, or $32.64 online. (You have the convenience of not having to wait in line, but the ticket costs a little more to cover processing fees.) Kids under 18 are free.

Walk for ECHO! Join service clubs, faith-based organizations, businesses and other community organizations by walking for ECHO – El Camino Homeless Organization.  ECHO is North County’s homeless shelter and we need your help to continue to offer meals, shelter and critical case management services to individuals and families with children. More than 70% of our operating budget comes from donations. That’s why we need you!




Thank You! Empty Bowls! $28,000

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

Wow, we are so appreciative and the funds are a huge help for operating North County’s only homeless shelter!

Here’s a behind-the-scenes video of our special day…



ECHO’s Empty Bowls – April 21!

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. 

Jan 28

Atascadero High School Choir Boosters Donation

ChoirBoostersThank you, AHS Choir Boosters, for supporting ECHO with your Empty Stockings donation. We are always touched by the generosity of students and teachers! Atascadero High School students help us all year long and we appreciate the effort, kindness and service to your community!

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