About ECCO

The Earlewood Community Citizens Organization (ECCO) represents the residents of the Earlewood neighborhood. The organization was formed in 1977—one of the first neighborhood associations in Columbia, and serves to maintain and improve the quality of life, residential character, safety, and sense of community and pride in the Earlewood neighborhood. ECCO is open to all residents of the Earlewood neighborhood.

Mailing Address:
ECCO
PO Box 30225
Columbia, SC 29230

Officers

  • President, Jennifer McBroom. Jennifer has lived in Earlewood for the past 15 years. She is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker and has practiced realestate for 20 years. She was the listing agent for Laurel Hill when it was new construction and has sold over 100 homes in Earlewood since moving to Columbia in 1999. Jennifer also volunteered on the downtown YMCA advisory board for the last 10 years. Email her at president@earlewood.org.

  • Vice-President, Emily Burn. Emily has lived in Earlewood for the past 6 years. She graduated from USC and the USC School of Law, and has worked in the criminal justice field for more than seven years. Emily also volunteers with local animal rescue organizations. Email her at vicepresident@earlewood.org  

  • Secretary, Chelle Hook. Chelle has been an Earlewood homeowner since 1989. She is a Senior Environmental Auditor with SCANA. Chelle has renovated several homes in the area and is very handy. you can contact her at secretary@earlewood.org.

  • Treasurer, Yvette Sistare. Yvette was born in South Carolina and moved to Columbia in 1981 where she attended Midlands Tech and Columbia College. She has lived in Earlewood for the past 14 years. Yvette is the Finance Director for the SC Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism.  You can reach Yvette at treasurer@earlewood.org.

  • Member-at-Large, Allison Caldwell. Allison moved to Earlewood in 2017 and is a proud Columbia avenue resident. A recovering freelance writer, she manages mission trips and community outreach projects for Shandon Babtist Church. You can email her at mal@earlewood.org

Meetings

All residents of Earlewood are invited to join us for all or part of our neighborhood quarterly meetings in the Earlewood Park Community Center, 1113 Parkside Drive. All residents are encouraged to attend and help make Earlewood an even better place to live.

Quarterly Membership Meetings
3rd Thursday of the month in February, April, July, and October
Earlewood Park Community Center
1113 Parkside Drive

  • Police & Safety Meeting
    6:30 – 7 :00 pm
    The quarterly Police & Safety meeting begins at 6:30 pm or 30 minutes prior to the General Membership meeting. Officer Johnson, the police officer assigned to Earlewood, attends to answer any questions and address safety concerns of residents.

  • Neighborhood Meeting
    7 :00 – 8:00 pm
    The quarterly neighborhood meetings for residents of the Earlewood community are held on the third Thursday in January, April, July, and October at Earlewood Park Community Center. Reminder signs are placed around the neighborhood several days prior to the meeting. Topics that are important to the quality of life of Earlewood are discussed. All residents are encouraged to attend and get to know their neighbors!

 

Mission Statement

Our mission is:

  1. to maintain and enhance the residential character of the neighborhood while striving to enhance the quality of life of the citizens that live, work, and worship therein

  2. to reach common understanding regarding neighborhood problems, issues, and solutions

  3. to communicate community concerns and desires to appropriate government agencies, elected officials, private organizations, other pertinent groups, and citizens

  4. to encourage participation in community life

  5. to develop closer cooperation among community citizens

  6. to foster community pride

  7. to serve as a conduit for information to residents about city services and other items of community interest and concern

  8. and to do such things as will tend to improve conditions for neighborhood residents and community-oriented businesses.