Community Service Socials

How the socials work: Chat with 3 or 4 youth while helping them with a project that helps others. We have two main objectives for these service project socials:

  • Allow youth to practice Empathy – the youth to learn about others-in-need and then are able to do something to support and encourage them
  • AND for the youth to spend some quality chatting time with good adult role models.

We always make sure that the youth get to see follow-up photos of the smiles that they have put on the faces of those whom they make gifts and cards for.

    2021 Schedule
    6:00 – 8:30PM

    Mar 19 | Teacher & Staff Appreciation -tissue flowers, pinwheels and cards of gratitude

    Apr 16 | Party hats for Mary’sVine Maple, & Hope Place

    May 21 | Paint t-shirts for impoverished kids in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia

    July 30| Polymer necklaces to previously incarcerated parents & their children served by Passage Point and others supported by Facing Homelessness

    Aug 23-26 | Golf Clinics Mon-Thurs 6 – 8 PM

    Sept 16 | Sock puppets to Calmalu Mexico kids served by Open Arms Childcare and Mary’s Plac

    Oct 21 | Survival bracelets for Veterans thru UGM, Tent Cities, & Bread of Life

    Nov 18 | Four cottages (living quarters for up to 18 youth) make microwavable pillows for 5 local Tent Cities

    Dec 2 | Four remaining cottages make microwavable pillows for 5 local Tent Cities

    Psychologists say, ‘focus within and become depressed, focus on others and we are lifted as we lift them’. This has been very true for the kids at Echo Glen. Many have never had the opportunity to help others and to be able to do so has been life transforming. After an outreach, one 14 year old Echo Glen youth said, “I used to think the world revolved around me.  But after … and seeing the smile I put on the face of that Bolivian orphan, I realized I am happiest when I am helping others.”

    During one social, a staff member commented, “I have never seen many of these boys behaving in such a sensitive way.  Some of the really hard-to-reach kids are writing things like “We love you” and “God Bless you” on their shirts and cards”.

    Brief video of Gifts Being Received by Orphans in Uganda

    Thank you

    A special thank you to Pine Lake Covenant Church, and Cascade Covenant Church for funding these socials for the last 10+ years, to the youth in the community who do ALL the needed prep work, to all the volunteers who invest their time helping the youth at echo with the projects, and to the following organizations who have partnered with us:

    Passage Point

    Open Arms Child Care
    Birthday Dreams
    Inca Link
    Tent City residents in Seattle & the eastside
    Youth Care
    Tree House 4 Kids
    Operation Gratitude
    Kids Without Borders
    Hope Place
    Union Gospel Mission
    Sister Schools
    Women of Vision, Eastside
    Children’s Hospital
    Eastside Baby Corner
    Issaquah Youth Advisory Board
    Children of the Nations, Int’l
    Shepherd of the Hills Safe House