El Camino Homeless Organization is a volunteer-run organization. Thousands of ECHO volunteers from the north county of San Luis Obispo as well as students from Cal Poly and Cuesta Colleges have operated the shelter for 13 years.
A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available:
Do you have a few hours to spare?
2 hours –You may be an Outdoor Monitor between 4:15-6:15pm
2 hours – You may “work the desk” as an Intake Worker between 4-6pm
2 hours – You may oversee serving the food in the kitchen as a Greeter between 4-6pm
14 hours –You may serve as Overnight Chaperone between 5pm and 7am*
1 or 2 hours –You may use your computer skills as a Data Inputer (pick your own hours)
Or help clean around the shelter or wash laundry in your own home.
* YES! It is true: ECHO has been open every night since December 10, 2001 and each night we have had 2 or 3 volunteer overnight supervisors who find themselves sleepy but enriched the next day.