ECCO has been working on Boston’s North Shore since 1981 to put human dignity at the center of public life. Since that time, we have brought people of all faiths together to build relationships, develop strong leaders, and improve the quality of life in our communities.  ECCO is made of a diverse set up of 27 congregations and institutions stretching from Lynn to Gloucester.


North Shore and State-wide

— Helped pass the highest minimum wage in the country and won earned sick time for 1 million MA workers in 2014.

— Helped organize a statewide campaign that won funding for 2,700 youth jobs during the summer of 2010

— Founded the E-Team Machinist Training Program in 1996 in partnership with the Boston Tooling and Machining Association (BTMA), the Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership, and CWA/IUE Local 201.


— Organized to increase Shannon Grant funding for youth violence prevention in Lynn to $355,000.

— Won funding for and administered the Lynn Street Outreach Worker Program

— Won 10 new jobs at Union Hospital and Salem Hospital- totaling 32 jobs through Partners HealthCare

Salem and Peabody

— Created with the Salem Harbor Community Development Corporation a program to re-train low wage workers for careers in the health field at Northeast Health Systems’ Beverly Hospital

Beverly and Danvers

— Won commitments from the state of Massachusetts to build between 100-200 affordable housing units for seniors, Department of Mental Health clients, Veterans, and low income families at the former Danvers State Hospital site

Gloucester and Cape Ann

— Organized to get Shannon Grant funds allocated for a youth center program called the Chill Zone