People You Should Know: Karen Turner, ECHOworks

By May 1, 2013November 4th, 2016Blog, Small Biz
By: Susan VanEpps

This month we chatted with Karen Turner, a 15-year employee of ECHOworks. For more than 35 years, ECHO has provided individualized employment, training and social opportunities to Loudoun residents with disabilities. Find out how Karen and her team of hardworking program participants can help convert your old paper documents, send out mailings – and who knows — maybe even clean out that dusty storage closet.

What are some of the services ECHO offers local businesses?

We go onsite and provide a variety of job services at local companies, and we can also do mailings and other projects here at our office in Leesburg. We can do a little bit of everything. Our program participants are able to help with retail work – we’re at three Good Shepherd Alliance locations, helping to sort and hang the clothes for sale. At Inova Hospital we deliver mail to departments, and at the Federal Aviation Association we do landscape maintenance. As long as you have a small space for us to work, we can send out a team of six to eight people. We also send along a supervisor at no charge to oversee the project and provide quality assurance.

Who are some of your recent clients in Loudoun?

We’ve recently scanned large-format plans for the Department of Transportation, shredded HR records for a Kidz Art franchise, scanned and shredded records for Loudoun Mutual Insurance, and managed projects for several Loudoun County government departments, including the Sheriff’s Department.

Tell us about your document imaging conversion services.

This is something we’re trying very hard to break into, and we have a couple of contracts so far. We have both regular document scanners and a large-format scanner for plats, two large covered trucks and shredding equipment. We can come out, clean out your storage room of old files, scan and convert them into PDFs back at our facility, and then shred everything when you’re ready. Scanning is done in a locked area away from other projects. Our program participants have HIPPA and privacy training for secure documents, and we have a separate locked warehouse where we keep the documents stored. Our team is ready to come and get them out of your way!

What’s the size range of projects you will take?

No job is too small or too large!  If it’s within our abilities, from one box to a whole storage unit, we’re happy to have the work. Scanning and shredding is an especially great project for our guys, because no matter their functioning level, all ability levels in our organization can have a role. The highest functioning participants can key in the computer information during the conversion to electronic files, while others can focus on the shredding. Just contact me with any questions about scanning, shredding or mailing projects!


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