Project ECHO, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Each $30 donation provides a night of food and shelter for a man, woman, or child experiencing homelessness in our community. On behalf of these men, women, and families, we thank you for your generosity!

What Does a Homeless Shelter Need?

Money is unfortunately, always at the top of our needs list. Every single dollar is put to good use here so whether you can give $1.00, $100.00, $1,000.00 or $10,000.00, everything is appreciated. If you would like to make a tax-deductible monetary donation we have several ways for you to do so:

  • You can deliver a check or cash direct to our door and get a glimpse of all the great things happening at ECHO House. If the timing is right and you wish to do so, we may even be able to give you a tour of our house. We are located at 484 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.
  • You can make a donation with a credit or debit card using the Donate button at the top of this page. You can also call our Development Director and have a donation processed over the phone.
  • You can use mobile apps such as Venmo and PayPal to quickly and securely donate as much or as little as you’d like.
  • You can write a check and mail it to: Project ECHO P.O. Box 2764, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.
  • You can shop at our Thrift & Gift Shop where every dollar you spend benefits our shelter.

Our most needed items are always paper products and cleaning products: specifically toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, laundry soap and all-purpose cleaners. This Wish List contains items we need on any given day of the year. The items can be delivered to the ECHO House at anytime, but we prefer normal business hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Everything you donate to Project ECHO is tax deductible so make sure to get a tax receipt when you make your deliveries.

They say time is money so if we don’t have to pay someone to do something, we save money. Click here: Volunteer to discover how you can make a difference by volunteering your time or services.

The local faith community, civic ministries, and even individual families provide our daily meals on a rotating schedule. These groups do an amazing job at making sure we have dinners and lunches for our residents. There’s always room for another designated meal provider so please call us to find out how you can get onto our calendar or how to plan for the occasional meal without the monthly commitment. If you are providing a dinner please prepare enough food for 40; if you are providing lunch please prepare enough food for 20.

From produce to pantry items to condiments, food is something we always need. If you’re having a social function and you’re not sure what to do with the leftovers, give us a call at 410-535-0044. We just might be able to take them off your hands.

Project Echo Thrift & Gift Shop Donations

All clothing and household items that you wish to donate to Project ECHO can be delivered directly to our thrift shop at 885 Main St. Our Shop is set up with the appropriate space to receive, sort, and organize your gently used clothing, household items, and small furniture pieces. We’re just down the street from the shelter, and volunteers are on-site to accept your donations every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10am – 2pm.

Your donations to the thrift shop still directly benefit the homeless. Our voucher program provides store credit for ECHO House residents and other clients so they can shop for the things they need at no cost to them. We thank you for helping us make this possible!

ALL donated items must be clean, in good condition, and (when applicable) fully functioning.

Drop- off hours are 10am – 2pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Donation hours are subject to change based upon space, availability, and extreme weather conditions.

If you have a large quantity of items or want to verify donation hours please call ahead to ensure that we’re able to accept your delivery: 443-975-7376. (We don’t always have someone available to answer the phone, so please be patient with us.)

Acceptable Items:

* All types of clothing, shoes, accessories, and jewelry.

* Small and/or lightweight furniture such as tables, chairs, chests, and desks.

* Household items such as antiques, books, DVD’s, décor, linens, toys, dishes, small kitchen appliances, small electronics, tablets, supplies for school, office, and crafts.

Unacceptable Items:

NO Car seats

NO Cribs manufactured more than 10 years ago

NO Furniture that’s large, heavy, or cushioned, and absolutely NO china cabinets

NO Hazardous or combustible materials

NO Items over 50 lbs

NO Large appliances

NO Mattresses or box springs

NO Medical equipment

NO Printers


Exceptions may be considered when items are new and in sealed packaging, or directly from a retailer or manufacturer. These exceptions apply to items such as kids car seats, furniture, mattresses, printers, and TV’s.

Holiday Donations

During the busy holiday months of November – January, the following items are the only donations that can be accepted at ECHO House:

1. Items that are new with tags or in sealed packages, or home-made goods that can be gifted to our residents during the holidays. 
2. Consumables – we gladly accept holiday party leftovers and pantry items that have not reached their expiration date.
3. Monetary donations such as gift cards, Paypal donations, checks, money orders, and cash.
4. ECHO House Wish list items such as trash bags, cleaning products, and paper products.

Preparing for the holidays with a household size of 40, every bit of our space is needed for collecting, wrapping, and storing gifts for our homeless individuals and families. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

The residents, staff, and volunteers of Project ECHO thank you for your generosity and kindness.

Project ECHO, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible.

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