APRIL 2023


Volunteers are some of my favorite people. They decide to donate their time, expertise, and energy to a cause that they believe in. They choose to put their Kindness in Action, to better our community. April is National Volunteer Appreciation month, and we want to celebrate some of the people who give their time to Eblen Charities and the people we serve.

We celebrate people like Cindy, Jan and Pete, who sort and organize the items we collect like coats and prom dresses. Cindy spends hours each week organizing our donated items, to make sure all of the goods we give out are in good condition, and creating a welcoming environment for folks in need. We appreciate Kathy, Emily, Nancy, Susie, Judy and Marcia who help in the office by answering the door and phones for clients and helping us better serve them. And we are grateful to have businesses, schools and faith communities who volunteer at our collection and giveaway events throughout the year. Volunteering is a gift to your community, and we are grateful to those who give their time to Eblen Charities and in the process, our entire community.

The 11th Annual News13 WLOS Spring Clean Coat Drive to benefit Eblen Charities took place at Carolina Furniture Concepts in Arden on Friday, April 21st. It was a beautiful day and we collected hundreds and hundreds of coats and winter items as well as donations towards our work.

Thank you to our partners, Carolina Furniture Concepts for hosting our site, WLOS News 13 and Meteorologists, Meghan Danehey and Jason Boyer for hanging out and broadcasting live throughout the day and to Two Men and a Truck who packed up 37 wardrobe boxes and many, many other large bags and hauled them back to Eblen where they will be given to those in need this winter! Thank you to Chic-fil-A on Airport Road for feeding our volunteers. Thank you to all who donated to the Spring Clean Coat Drive. Anyone who donated $25 or more had a chance to win a $100 Strada Restaurant gift card. Congratulations to our lucky winner, Lyn Dunn! And a special thanks to YOU, the community of Asheville and WNC, for donating your gently used coats and winter items. With your help, we will be able to keep thousands of individuals warm this coming winter!

Thank you, Pinnacle Financial Partners, for stopping by and making a monetary and coat donation to the Spring Clean Coat Drive.

You can help us serve our neighbors.

Your help is appreciated! We hope you will consider one of these ways to offer support from making a gift, offering your time and skills as a volunteer, or having your company sponsor one of our events. Click here to learn more.

Tuesday, June 13

The Cliffs at Walnut Cove

10:00 AM Shot Gun Start

Our annual golf tournament is coming up soon. If you have already registered,


If not, we still have room for your team, but space is limited.

This is Eblen's largest

fundraiser and your support

is greatly appreciated.

If you can't join us on the course this year, please consider a hole sponsorship.

Click here for more details

and to register.

Thank you, Sand Hill Kitchen!

Each month the Eblen staff gathers for a lunch meeting to reconnect and grow as a team to better serve the people of Buncombe County. In January, local restaurants starting donating the meal. Thank you to

Sand Hill Kitchen for providing lunch in April! If you would like to provide lunch for our staff, please contact Beth at brusso@eblencharities.org.

The Faces of Eblen

Brian Hall is no stranger to our area. He came to Asheville in the summer of 1995 and currently is the Senior VP of Programming for iHeart media Asheville/Greenville and began supporting Eblen twenty years ago through iHeart Radio.

In 2004, Brian received a call from Joe Eblen asking for help at the Boys and Girls Club in West Asheville. When Joe asked you to do something, you did it, and it was always rewarding. Brian has been serving on the Eblen Board for a little over a year. His favorite Eblen event is a toss-up between Tools for Schools and the Toy Drive. He specifically remembers

the time at the school supply drive when a mom asked how she could sign her little boy up to get supplies. After they explained the process, she was so relieved that tears began to flow down her face. Her son looked up at her and said, "See Mommy, I knew it would be OK and we could get school supplies". Needless to say, Brian also teared up.

Brian is married to his wife, Mary Elizabeth Banks, and live in Black Mountain with their dogs, Coltrane and CiCi. He is an avid runner, occasional cyclist, loves retro video games and very active at St. James Episcopal Church in Black Mountain. We appreciate Brian and his commitment and service to Eblen Charities.

DID YOU KNOW? We are hiring an Intake Caseworker.

To learn more, visit our website.

To apply send a resume and cover letter to events@eblencharities.org.

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