603-868-ECHO (3246) echo@friendsinactionnh.org

The Community Church of Durham (Lower Level)

17 Main Street, Durham, NH

603-868-ECHO (3246)

Monday – Friday 10am-5pm

Saturday 10am-2pm

About Echo Thrift Shop

Echo Thrift Shop, a volunteer thrift shop in Durham, and Friends in Action, a nonprofit that creates inclusive social and recreational opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, has begun a partnership that is a perfect fit for both organizations.

Echo was established in 2011 and is sponsored and housed by the Community Church of Durham.  After six years in business, Echo has donated more than $75,000 to local and global charities from store profits.  The store has become a successful, well-established business that offers customers quality clothing for low prices in a cozy environment. 

matt talking at thriftFriends in Action wanted to expand social, recreational and volunteer opportunities for participants.  After working closely with Echo volunteers and church committees, the partnership was established.  Echo and the Community Church of Durham were looking for different ways to reach out and support different community projects.  Partnering with Friends in Action was a great way to do this.

Due to the partnership, Echo has made changes in the store set up, has more clothing for all ages, shapes, and sizes and has expanded store hours.  Friends in Action participants and staff will operate Echo on Mondays and Tuesdays while Echo volunteers operate the shop Wednesday through Saturday.

Come visit Echo and have a cup of coffee while you shop.  Meet Friends in Action volunteers on Mondays and Tuesdays.  About 35 people with disabilities and 20 UNH students work together to bring you great items while having a great time volunteering and socializing.

Our Goals

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Provide a sense of community to shoppers, volunteers and those who donate with a warm and inviting environment.

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Give back to the community through monetary distributions selected by the volunteers and items to those in need.

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Recycle, repurpose and reuse no longer needed items to avoid going in to the landfills.

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Provide meaningful volunteer experiences for people with developmental disabilities

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Strengthen connections and understanding between people with disabilities and UNH students and community members

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Increased income from Echo Thrift Shop will provide needed resources for Friends in Action

Donations Needed

Echo is always looking for donations.  We take women’s, men’s and children’s clothing as well as household goods, linens and vintage.  We do not take large items, furniture, or appliances.

Wondering if we could use your items?  Contact Heidi at  hchase@friendsinactionnh.org

Here are examples of items that we welcome:

Gently Used Clean Clothes

Accessories (shoes, scarves, jewelry, etc)

Household Goods

Paula volunteered Tuesday and returned home full of exuberance for her new retail experience.  We guarantee she’ll be an enthusiastic, productive and loyal program volunteer.  Today she went to her job at Boston Castings dressed in her Echo finery, a Banana Republic sweater which was a gift for the opening day.  Such fashion sense.
Thanks to all of you for this idea and the exceptional people who met and mentored her in this new endeavor.  May ECHO prosper and continue its good work.
Jack and Maureen Fitzhenry

Visit the store today!

ECHO Thrift Shop is located inside The Community Church of Durham (Lower Level) at 17 Main Street in Durham, New Hampshire.

This shopper found some great deals.

Who Echo Supports

Echo Thrift Shop supports a variety of local environmental organizations, shelters, food pantries, support groups, international efforts, Community Church of Durham projects and Friends in Action.

Community Church of Durham

A progressive United Church of Christ congregation, where all are welcome.  Our history is rich, and dates back to the early colonial period as one of the many congregational churches that dotted the New England landscape.  Over the centuries, as new challenges and opportunities arose, the congregation sought to engage with the times, while being committed to its Christian heritage.

Click here to learn more about The Community Church of Durham

Friends in Action

Friends in Action’s mission is to enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities by creating inclusive social and recreational opportunities. Friends in Action is about friendship, laughter, companionship, fun and community connections. Everything that we all want in our lives to make us happy.

The goal of Friends in Action is to have people who might otherwise be very isolated have real, meaningful friendships, places to go, things to do and people to meet. To have something and someone to look forward to.

Click here to learn more about Friends in Action

Friendships Thanks to You!

When you shop at Echo Thrift shop you support Friends in Action’s missions to enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities by creating inclusive social and recreational opportunities.

For more information visit FriendsInActionNH.org

or Email Heidi Chase at hchase@friendsinactionnh.org

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Friday Night Socials

Basketball

Cooking Classes

Echo Specials!

New half price sale items every Monday.

Stuff a bag with half price items any day of the week for $5!

Location & Hours

Echo Thrift Shop

Echo Thrift Shop is located inside The Community Church of Durham (Lower Level)

Find us at : 17 Main Street, Durham, NH

603-868-ECHO (3246)

Hours:

Monday – Friday 10am-5pm

Saturday 10am-2pm

Thank you Notes

Check out these notes from organizations Echo has donated to.

On behalf of all Community Partners, please accept my sincere thanks for your recent donation of $500.  Beyond your financial support, we were most grateful to read your kind words about our mission.  To be recognized within the community is a real gift.  Many thanks once again. 

Brian

Community Partners

Contact Us

Questions? Want to Volunteer? Fill out the form below and we will get back to you.

Want to give us a call? Call (603) 868.ECHO (3246) and we will help you out.

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MEET FRIENDS IN ACTION VOLUNTEERS

Here are some of the friendly faces you will see when you visit Echo.

Friends in Action Participants volunteer on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Paula

Paula

Alissa

Alissa

Pat

Pat

Nikki

Nikki

Mary Helen

Mary Helen

Ellen

Ellen

Sean

Sean

Janne

Janne

Brian

Brian

Stephan

Stephan

Rachel

Rachel

Elliot

Elliot

Kristin

Kristin

Kate

Kate

Joe

Joe

Christina

Christina

Danielle

Danielle

Hannah

Hannah

Lynn

Lynn

Erin

Erin

Cindy

Cindy

Matt

Matt

Ryan

Ryan

Scott

Scott

Steering Comittee

  • Sooty Tanguay
  • Mary Jane Tyler
  • Carolyn Leaf
  • Linda Dugas
  • Kristine Otis
  • Heidi Chase