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Feb 10th

ECHO’s new program offers ethnic communities “A hand up, not a hand out”

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Emergency & Community Health Outreach (ECHO) takes steps to educate individuals about their local Community Action Agency and how it can make a difference in their lives with the services it offers.

“Community Action provides so many services that it can be difficult to get the people we serve to see that we can be a one-stop-shop for the kind of assistance that can help to lift people out of poverty,” says Arnie Anderson, Executive Director of Minnesota Community Action Partnership.

The statewide broadcast promises information on Minnesota’s 28 Community Action agencies and the services they provide including: Head Start, energy assistance, weatherization, affordable housing, food support, senior services, financial fitness training, tax preparation, and job training. 

To reach these groups, ECHO has produced 30 minute shows in four languages, Spanish, Hmong, Somali, and low-literacy English that will air on Twin Cities Public Television. All programs are available anytime in multiple languages with English captions for the deaf and hard of hearing at

Lillian McDonald, Executive Director, ECHO states, “Community Action provides a wealth of information and services for all communities across the state. It’s important that people know what they can expect from their local agency and ECHO is playing a big role in making that happen.”


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