135 Emily Ln
% Brenda Gross
Eolia KY 40826
Contact Information
Address 135 Emily Ln
% Brenda Gross
Eolia, KY 40826
Phone (606) 633-2992
Fax 606 633-2992
Web and Social Media
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2002
Other Documents
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement The purpose of ECCO, Inc. is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, to promote Christian values, to provide resources, people-power, commodities, and other goods in social ministries to meet the needs of people in and around Letcher County, KY; to provide opportunities of fellowship for the residents in and around Eolia, KY.
Background Statement ECCO was started in 1987 by Brenda Gross to meet the needs she saw in her community. As mines closed and people were left jobless, a growing concern for their welfare was felt by several local people. In 2001, ECCO, Inc. was born, becoming an independent, non-profit organization. Letcher Co. is among the top counties in poverty statistics. Eolia, an area often referred to as "the forgotten part" of Letcher Co., is seperated from the main part of the county by Pine Mountain. This barrier impedes county services and attention. ECCO's ministry touches many people, serving their physical needs and witnessing the love of Christ. ECCO seeks to meet individual needs by providing food, household items, clothing, personal care items, and home repair. ECCO provides space for community gatherings and meetings, activities, classes, and housing for volunteers working in the community. ECCO partners with agencies seeking to address the needs of home health patients, elderly, students, and families in Letcher County. ECCO's strength comes from community volunteers helping with the various ministries and its partnership with churches,organizations, and individuals.
Impact Statement Top Accomplishments from 2012 1. Operated the Food Pantry with a 18% increase in recipients from the previous year. 2. Provided opportunities for several individuals to complete community service.3. Provided Emergency Home Repair which assisted approximately 25 residents in Letcher County. Top Goals for 2013 1. Provide Emergency Home Repairs to those in need. 2. Meet more needs of the elderly including providing handicapped accessories. 3. Respond to the growing needs for food security in the area by continuing to provide nutrient dense foods for the Food Pantry.
Needs Statement Money for food pantry, emergency home repairs, and personal care itemsFood items for food pantry: dry goods and fresh produceBuilding materialsSchool suppliesPersonal care items
Board Chair Statement Born and raised in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, I grew up aware of the needs of the people living here. With coal mining as our major industry, poverty just became a way of life. The surrounding mountains formed a barrier of sorts separating us from the rest of the world. Eolia Christian Community Outreach, Inc. (ECCO) evolved from a small storage space located in my business when I was given some clothing to distribute in the community. It was then I realized what the Lord wanted me to do during my time and space on this planet. My passion is to be the hands and heart of Christ to those I am called to serve. Clothing, a monthly box of food, or a wheel chair ramp mean a lot to those with so little. Brenda Gross
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Housing, Shelter / Home Improvement/Repairs
Tertiary Organization Category Religion- Related / Christianity
Geographic Areas Served
ECCO, Inc. serves Eolia and its surrounding area including Letcher County.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Brenda Gross
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Members
Mr. Duane BeacheyMennonite Central CommitteeVoting
Mrs. Gloria BeacheyMennonite Central CommitteeVoting
Mr. Ray BirdRetiredVoting
Mrs. Sharman Chapman-CraneComunity VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Marie ColemanArlie Boggs Elementary School Family Resource CenterVoting
Mrs. Olivia CookArlie Boggs Elementary SchoolVoting
Mrs. Brenda GrossRetiredVoting
Mr. Mark GrossBJ ServicesVoting
Mr. Kester HalcombRetiredVoting
Mrs. Thelma HalcombCommunity VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 61%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 11%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 78%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Mr. Kester Halcomb
Company Affiliation Retired
CEO Comments
We live in a community with less than 1% minority population, so it is not realistic for ECCO to achieve a more diverse board.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Brenda Gross
Term Start Jan 1987
Email eccotruth@yahoo.com
Experience Brenda Gross has overseen ECCO and its programs for 24 years. Having grown up in Eolia and Letcher County, she has a grasp of the needs and issues in this community. She interacts with many organizations and volunteers. She has a passion for helping people in need.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 13
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 13
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Description ECCO's food pantry serves approximately 60 households each month.  We give a box of food that is intended to provide 3 meals for 3 days or more.
Budget 6000
Description ECCO, Inc. provides funds for emergency home repair including wheel chair ramps, leaking roofs, unsafe floors, insulation, handicapped accessibility, and improved doors and windows.  We would like to increase this program which is only limited by the funding we receive.
Budget 8000
Description ECCO supports a number of local organizations with material resources. The following is a list of organization and the resources we provide them. ARH Home Health Services: sheets, blankets, gowns, personal care items Arlie Boggs Elementary School Family Resource Center: snacks, school supplies, personal care items, clothing Letcher Co. Health Department HANDS: baby care items, baby clothing (infant -2 years) Kentucky River Area Development District: personal care items, food, clothing, home repairs Kentucky River Community Care: personal care items, clothes, furniture, food, electric bills, gas cards for medical trips Oven Fork and Letcher County Senior Centers: food, craft items Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center- snacks, clothing, batteries, personal care items Letcher Co. Migrant Program: furniture, food, clothing, personal care items Letcher Co. Prison- snacks, Bible literature Burn-out families: food, clothing, household items, personal care items, furniture
Budget 8000
Every month, ECCO sends 100 treat bags to the Letcher Co. Prison.  Each bag contains several snacks and some Biblical literature.  We do this to be a postive influence and to show love to those who many people reject.  ECCO has also provided an opportunity for those who are required to do community service.  The time spent volunteering at ECCO has been a stepping-stone to making life changes.  We would like to be able to provide more opportunities for community service.
Budget 1500
ECCO's facility is available for community use.  The community room is available for community-wide meetings such as Neighborhood Watch, UNITE, Park Committee, Christmas parties, and reunions.  In the past, ECCO has sponsored aerobics, computer classes, and craft classes.  This year, we would like to offer quilting bees, jewelry-making, and dinners.  ECCO also sponsors a community-wide Bible study and has hosted music groups, a Christmas program, and a revival.  Kids Time, a music and art program for preschool and homeschooled children and moms, meets weekly in the community room.  In the summers, ECCO hosts MCC SWAP volunteers who do home repairs for low-income households in the community.
Budget 1000
Program Comments
CEO Comments
As an organization serving in southeastern Kentucky, we have many opportunities to meet the needs of our community.  We are located in a rural community with lack of employment opportunities, an aging population, high rates of drug use, and high poverty rates.  We are blessed with community support, volunteers, and in-kind donations.  Our challenges include finding new sources of funding and staff to facilitate new programs.  It is sometimes difficult to choose between the needs we can meet and those we cannot.  There are always needs that go unmet for lack of funds.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2003
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Certificate of AppreciationWhitesburg Lions Club, Inc.2009
Certificate of AppreciationSoutheast Community and Technical College2011
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2012
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $79,357.00
Projected Expenses $67,750.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$29,942$49,955$59,567
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$48,709$44,658$63,640
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.711.230.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$22,841$36,808$26,711
Current Assets$22,841$36,808$26,711
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$22,841$36,808$26,711
Form 990s
2018 Form 990
2017 Form 990
2016 Form 990
2015 Form 990
2014 Form 990
2013 Form 990
2012 Form 990
2011 990
2010 990
2009 990
2008 990
2007 990
Audit Documents
2007 ECCO Audit
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Address 135 Emily Ln
% Brenda Gross
Eolia, KY 40826
Primary Phone 606 633-2992
Contact Email eccotruth@yahoo.com
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Brenda Gross
Board Chair Mrs. Brenda Gross
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired