The 112 affiliated members of ECAS, made up of 20.930 professionals and around 13,500 volunteers, care for the needs of more than 962.704 people every year.
Two of the key factors that characterize ECAS social entities work philosophy are closeness and direct assistance. In addition, all of them share the following qualities:
- They are non-profit organizations
- They work first and foremost with people who are -or may eventually be- at risk of social exclusion
- Their background in the field of social assistance has provided them with an experience level that ensures a the quality of their service
- They have a transforming gaze in their approach: their goals go beyond responding to immediate needs. All of them are committed to the pursuing a more egalitarian and fair model of society, more inclusive and cohesive, where every individual can exercise full citizenship
- They believe in the value of joint work and in the role of secondary and tertiary level organizations as collaborative platforms with other social agents in order to achieve common objectives based on the principle of joint responsibility
- They promote the creation of scenarios to develop, coordinate, and implement initiatives focused on having an impact on the public sphere, beyond their specific area of direct intervention