2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of Eblen Charities!
Co-founded by namesake Joe Eblen, we are proud to have served our community for 30 years. Many do not know that the work of Eblen Charities began with fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis research.
A young father, who had participated in our events because his daughter suffered from Cystic Fibrosis, called to ask how he could access funding from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to take his daughter to Duke. The response Joe got from the foundation when he inquired was “No, we are sorry but all the funds raised go to research medications and hopefully someday a cure.” Understandably frustrated when told the news the young father replied “What good is medication if I can’t get her to the hospital to get it?”
Having the heart that he did, Joe paid the family’s traveling expenses himself but asked “Why are we taking money out of our community when there are people here who need it? “Why not just set up our own charity?”
30 years later, with numerous partnerships, events and community support, Eblen Charities provides utility, water, transportation, medical equipment, medication, housing, shoes and clothing for school age children, holiday meals and more to thousands of families in our community who otherwise would have no place to turn.