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Almond Country Quilters Auction to benefit ECHO!

This year’s Almond Country Holiday Auction is Saturday,  November 5th, at the Trinity Lutheran Church  in Paso Robles.

Guild members and quilting circles have been busy making quilts large and small for the live auction that starts atcoffee-club 7:00.  The silent auction  that opens at 6:00 has a variety of unique items such as table runners,  gift baskets, children’s items, place mats, aprons, and art work.

Holiday Auction proceeds are divided among Camp Reach for the Stars (under the umbrella of Jack’s Helping Hands),  ECHO ( El Camino Homeless Organization), and  ACQG Education Program.

Put the date (Saturday, November 5th) on your calendar and come to enjoy a fun evening and awesome quilts that reflect both traditional and modern ideas. It’s happening Saturday, November 5, 2016, Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Rd, Paso Robles. Viewing and silent auction starts at 6PM, Live Auction at 7PM and it will end around 9PM.

Here are some of the quilts that will be auctioned or raffled off:



Long Walk Home 2016


“Thank You” to the 200 walkers who came out for our Long Walk Home fun walk. With your help, we raised $26,000! Families, friends, pets – we all took a wonderful morning stroll around downtown Atascadero, and the walk ended a short time later with music, lunch and lots of prizes. (You can always take a tour of ECHO instead of walking, or do both!)

Please walk for ECHO in 2017! 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. 

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