Tired of just getting by? Then get ahead with ECCO

  • Wednesday, July 31, 2013


East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) announces the start of their new season of Getting Ahead Workshops.

This program is the cornerstone education program at ECCO and is a facilitated group discussion taking place over seven weeks that helps clients take stock of their current situation and identify personal goals that will enable them to make necessary changes to improve it.

A key objective for the program is to teach participants how to plan for the future. Mentors are available to assist in this process and additional education programs are offered at ECCO to support clients in their efforts to reach their full potential. Djuanna Brockington, director of empowerment, says, “Ultimately, the goal of this workshop is to help our clients achieve economic independence.”

The Getting Ahead Program is sponsored by the Spaulding-Paolozzi Foundation which was founded by Countess Alicia Paolozzi to support efforts concerning (1) the environment, (2) the sustainability of agriculture, (3) issues involving the elderly and (4) issues involving women.

Alicia Spaulding Paolozzi was a truly concerned and involved citizen of the world, philanthropist, activist, businesswoman and pioneering sportswoman.

Throughout her life she brought to bear her considerable influence, wealth and personal energy to causes important to her.

She was a committed early supporter of the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy and subsequently of Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston.

East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) strives to provide safety net services for low income families in the greater Charleston area, while empowering them to create better lives for themselves, their families and their communities.

ECCO provides emergency assistance for food, clothing, household furnishings and financial needs, as well as ongoing services including dental, prescription assistance, education and counseling.

Learn more at www.eccocharleston.org.

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