ECKAN is a community action agency fighting poverty, helping low-income persons toward self sufficiency in 16 east central Kansas counties.

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WE ARE .... ECKAN’s mission is to identify and focus available resources that enable eligible families and individuals to attain critical skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve self-sufficiency. ECKAN’s vision is to eliminate poverty in ECKAN’s service area through individual and organizational dedication, collaboration, and innovation.


Weatherization Program COVID-19 Information

To All Who We Serve,  All of us here at ECKAN Weatherization understand this is a challenging and unprecedented time and that everyone has concerns regarding their safety and well-being during this COVID-19 pandemic. Through a collaborative…

Urgent Needs Survey

  ECKAN wants to hear from you! Please take our survey: This survey is available until May 15th.

New Year, New Home for ECKAN’s Franklin County Community Center

Ottawa—Effective February 3, ECKAN’s Franklin County Community Center is moving to a permanent location, following the flood at Don Woodward last year. ECKAN is excited to be partnering with the Elizabeth Layton Center (ELC) and will be…

We want your opinion

ECKAN requests your participation in completing this 10-minute anonymous survey to help us better serve you and your community. Please complete the survey by Friday,…

Office Space for Rent

    Office space at 1320 S. Ash, basement office with elevator access. 1065 sq. ft. of space, reception area and offices. $1,500 a month (includes utilities) and is immediately available. Call 785-242-7450 to schedule an…
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ReStart FSS Case Management Helps Meredith Attain Financial Stability

“Going back to feeling hopeless and beaten down is not on my list of goals.”   When Meredith Harbison enrolled in 2017 in ECKAN’s ReStart Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program, offered through the Housing Choice Voucher program,…

County Community Centers Changing Office Hours September 3

Effective September 3, ECKAN County Community Centers will change hours.  New hours:  Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-Noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. in Anderson, Douglas, Franklin, Miami, and Osage counties  Monday through Wednesday,…

ECKAN Announces Post-Flood Schedule, Location Changes

  Volunteers clean ECKAN food storage area at Don Woodward Community Center after Aug. 1 flood, the second this summer.   Ottawa— ECKAN’s Franklin County Community Center, 517 E. 3rd St., in the flooded Don Woodward…

Changes to ECKAN Service Locations Following August 1 Flood

Ottawa—ECKAN services at the Don Woodward ORC Center, 517 E. 3rd St. Ottawa, which was flooded this week for the second time this summer, will change as follows: 5-9, Noon, Summer Lunch Bunch moved to the Goppert Building, 705 W. 15th…