Jack Little, Executive Director of East Cooper Community Outreach in Charleston, S.C., Wins SCORE Award for Outstanding Socially Progressive Business

Washington, D.C.–SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” honors Jack Little, executive director of East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) in Charleston, S.C. with the SCORE Award for Outstanding Socially Progressive Business. ECCO earned this honor for contributions to the local community, exemplary achievements in the nonprofit field and overall success. Little will accept this award at the inaugural SCORE Awards and black-tie gala, which will be held at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, September 17.

ECCO was initially conceived in 1989 by Monsignor James A. Carter, pastor of Christ Our King Catholic Church, in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Hugo. The destruction caused by this major storm exposed needs that many leaders in the community had not previously identified. Poverty, substandard housing, lack of access to health and dental care, hunger, and the threat of homelessness challenged a prospering community.

This challenge was answered by the creation of ECCO to offer a permanent source of help to those in need. Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1990, ECCO has fostered effective grassroots collaborations between neighbors in need of help and the neighbors who want to help them.

ECCO is a faith-based ecumenical organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for neighbors in need. All programs and services guide clients out of situational or generational poverty toward self-sufficiency. ECCO's ministry of "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" improves the quality of life in a compassionate manner that respects the dignity and worth of every person.

In 2007, ECCO turned to Coastal SCORE to help grow services. Volunteer experts from SCORE helped ECCO analyze its computer servers and made recommendations to upgrade the hardware, significantly improving ECCO’s performance. SCORE also offered strategic planning support and gave advice on ECCO’s micro loan initiative. In 2008, ECCO provided at least one basic need service to more than 5,000 clients. Learn more at www.eccocharleston.org.

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About SCORE: Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has helped more than 8.4 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 11,200 volunteer business counselors in 370 chapters serve their communities through entrepreneur education dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses.

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